I know it sounds terrible to instruct people of what to gift you but it’s a pretty great system for getting stuff that you actually want, need and are going to use. All you need to do it figure out what you want and what is ok to ask people for, I wouldn’t ask my sister to buy me a new dishwasher but if I need a new set of dishes, she’ll be the first to know!
I of course return the favor and ask them what they would like to receive. All I need to do is give them an upper limit on how much I’m willing to spend and they get to choose exactly what they want!
In the last couple of years that we have been using this system in our family I have bought everything from colored contact lenses to ironing board covers and you know what, everyone is every bit as excited to open their gifts knowing exactly what they are!
You may not be sold on the idea of losing the ‘surprise element’ to your Christmas gifts, my husband took a bit of convincing too, but how much worse can it be than finding out that it’s the same old stuff that you got last year?
These days my husband loves knowing that he is guaranteed to get the newest Call Of Duty PS3 game and I love knowing that I don’t have to spend money purchasing a new hairdryer and I can finally get a new bottle of JCBO (from my Dad). You know what else? It makes shopping for gifts a helluva lot easier!
There’s no denying that Christmas is a very commercialized holiday these days but the way I see it, in this fragile economy where growth is not guaranteed, by spending wisely, I’m doing my part to restore harmony. Christmas was never about the gifts but if I am going to get one anyway, it may as well be something that I want!