Minimalist Joshua Becker Is Right: My Take on Scaling Back for the Holidays & 3 Ways to Do It by Susan Masterson, PhD
An article by Joshua Becker is circulating and getting lots of attention. In it, the minimalism guru encourages us to scale way back on our gift giving this year. We simply have too much stuff, and often aren't happy with what we get. I'm here to tell you he's right, because my family has already implemented some of his suggestions.
- Draw names: We draw one adult name and only buy for that person. Focusing on the wants and needs of one works better than grabbing "whatever" because you have so many to buy for and need to just get it done.
- Buy for just the kids under 18: Since they're still developing, their needs and desires advance each year. Some will disagree with this, but we reason that since they don't already have “everything,” we can justify getting them a thing or two. Plus, the parents of babies may appreciate things that take care of needs – lightening their financial load (they’re gifts for the parents, actually).
- Gift them with experiences: Tickets to shows, museums, something they wouldn't buy but would enjoy that won't collect dust.
By following these guidelines, not only do we appreciate quality, but it lifts pressure off the giver, making it all way more fun!
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