Why This Momma Has Stopped Giving Gifts (Almost)

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  1. Kris says:

    I love this concept!! I am going to join your moratorium on gift giving and try to focus on experiences. I think this summer was a great start with our amazing trip to the Blue and all the amazing experiences along the way. I would add to your resolution that pictures must be taken, shared and published! I would also add that sharing those experiences with friends and loved is a must…. lots of loved ones if possible!! New Half Year Resolution

  2. Kellie says:

    I’ve been thinking about this for a while. There’s a lot going on. On the one hand, I want to move away from the stuff and material goods. On the other hand, you’re absolutely right–kids want physical gifts. And I think they need them, too, in a sense, because they are much more immediate and don’t understand waiting for something like an experience.
    I think focusing on experiences will get easier as they get older.

    I say that, but receiving gifts is one of my love languages, so I still love a physical gift!

  3. Cindy says:

    What a great idea! I would love to have less stuff, and often I receive gifts that are given in love, but are not something I really want or will use. But I always end up keeping these gifts because I feel guilty! An experience gift would be so great. Thanks!

  4. Debrah McCabe says:

    Terrific idea! So much better to give experiences than stuff! That stuff will just end up on a yard sale table one day! But those memories are forever.

  5. This is a super approach – you’re right, memories will last forever, the “things” we give our families not so much. It’s sometimes possible to still do this with kids, though. We go on a family vacation to see faraway family instead of throwing our kids expensive birthday parties (and explain to them that we’re choosing to spend that money on their plane ticket instead), and one of my daughter’s classmates went on a family trip to Disney for a solid week last December in lieu of traditional Christmas gifts – the kids were all THRILLED with the idea.

  6. Ashley says:

    Memories are priceless, I’ve been a “memory” giver for a while due to always being broke as a joke so everything has to come from the heart LOL. It`s more meaningful this way, and also tends to not make people seem like a show off when they buy an expensive gift while someone else gives them just a card or something.

  7. Heather says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I remember very few “stuff” presents from my childhood, but I remember every single experience gift. My MIL just payed for our family’s hotel rooms at the beach as my husband’s and my birthday gifts for the year and it was GREAT. So much better than anything she could have bought for us.

  8. This is a beautiful post and is so spot one I am in awe! Great job and thank you for sharing!

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