Am I being a Scrooge?

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?


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  1. Alexandra says:

    That is exactly my mood here.

    I vow to be ruthless today.

    And, if I need motivation? I turn to a Hoarders episode…that gets me “action prone,” as they call it on the show.

    Good luck!

  2. Sofia's Ideas
    Twitter: SofiasIdeas
    says:

    No, not at all. We’ve been on this path for quite some time now so when people insist, I usually tell them that we would love a batch of their homemade goodies or a favorite book or puzzle that their family has outgrown. It took a while, but its really down to only a handful of people that insist on gifting our kids with the latest plastic blinky blinky toy. But, those are the same handful of people that go out of their way to poo-poo our lifestyle choices. Ah well! What can you do? :)

  3. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas
    says:

    This is tricky. My parents and in laws are good about asking for what we want. It breaks my heart when we receive a gift that someone out effort and money on and I know it’s something we will never use. I always try to be practical with my gift giving, I’m sure it doesn’t always work.
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  4. DaenelT
    Twitter: DaenelT
    says:

    My husband and I do not exchange gifts at all ~ for any “holiday” nor do we buy gifts for anyone over the age of 18. All of this gift buying has created a lot of stress over money, who to get, who received how much, etc. So we’ve eliminated that from our lives. If we want something, we buy it.
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