Hands up if you’ve started your Christmas present shopping? Hands up if you are stuck? Every year I make a list in the Notes section of my phone for the people we have to get presents for; and I jot down ideas as they come. Every year I get a little stuck when it comes to present ideas for at least one particular person or another.
As I have gotten older, I find that I’m much more careful in the way that I shop for gifts now than the over-excited, ‘take all my money!’ way I shopped when I was a teen and in my early 20s. I’m over the stocking fillers now; the silly bits of merchandise that get used once or twice and discarded or forgotten.
We’ve now decluttered our house so many times and given away so many things that are just taking up space that I find real pleasure in giving (and receiving gifts) that are treasured and kept. I’d rather try to buy someone something that’s lovely or meaningful (or both) practical and well-made, handmade or personal - something that is hopefully going to last and be loved for a while, rather than end up in the back of the cupboard unused, or in the Good Sammy’s bin six months later.