In my efforts to get organized around here, I came to the conclusion that I have too much stuff. I got rid of a lot of things I didn’t need, including my everyday dishes and a whole lot of toys and clothes. So, in an effort to keep things de-junked, I’m requesting no one buys me gifts this year.
Am I being a Scrooge? Maybe. But here’s my rationale.
1. There are too many holidays.
I’m sorry retailers, but I do not need to receive a gift every month. Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Halloween, my birthday. That’s a lot of gifts. And yes, I do generally receive gifts for all of those holidays, and from multiple people.
2. I don’t really need anything
I’m fortunate that I can buy what I want when I want it.
3. I should buy stuff I want for myself
This is a big one for me. I rarely buy things for myself. (My husband may disagree, but he’d be wrong.) I feel like I should wait to get something as a gift. Why should I? Can’t I spend some money on myself? If I want a Kindle, why do I have to wait until someone buys one for me? Or if I need new clothes, why should I wait for someone else to give me some? Maybe there’s something I would pick for myself that no one else would. I buy things for other people, always making sure my kids have what they want. Why shouldn’t Mommy have what she wants when she wants it every once in a while.
4. Getting gifts kind of makes my stomach hurt
Since Samantha’s birth, the amount of gifts we get for any holiday has become truly nauseating. It’s just too much. It makes me a little sick to think of all the stuff my kids get and realize there are so many less fortunate. Really, if people want to give me a gift, I’d rather they make a donation to a charity.
So am I going to be mean about it? No. If someone gives me a gift, I will accept it graciously and be truly thankful. But I’m not going to encourage it. If someone asks, I’ll tell them I’d really rather not get anything. Hopefully, my immediate family will respect the decision and since they’re the biggest source of gifts, I will mostly accomplish my goal of not acquiring more stuff. Of course, I may make an exception for Christmas. We’ll see. It is Christmas after all.
What do you think? Would you ever consider saying no gifts please?