As I’m reflecting on this past holiday season (I realize it was a few months ago :-) ), I want to share my thoughts on what I believe to be the best gift giving idea for friends/families/co-workers/etc.
The method I am a really big fan of is (there’s no real name for it) a group of people picking 2 names out of a hat and buying for them instead of buying for everyone.
One might think…
…well then I won’t get as much OR I feel bad not buying for everyone
But the truth of the matter is, when you’re an adult, what do you really need from someone else that you can’t buy yourself? (Nothing) Or are the presents really what makes the holiday season? Not at all.
Here are the reasons this method is so great!
You can set a price limit per gift
The gift is more meaningful (keep reading to see what one of our favorite gifts was this year)
You have more time to focus on buying one gift that the person will really want instead of multiple gifts for multiple people
This gives an opportunity for you to buy for others that you may not speak or visit with all that often (cousin gift exchange, work gift exchange, etc.)
You can share some gift ideas with the group beforehand to list exactly what you’ll really enjoy
Let’s be honest, the holidays aren’t about the gifts. It’s about spending time with those you love and honoring your own beliefs (whatever they are). If you have another gift idea that has worked for you, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
I will say, one of the coolest presents we received this year was a digital photo frame. I truly believe everyone should have one. We all take so many photos on our phones, however not many of them ever get printed these days. This photo frame was so easy to use, you just put your photos onto a flash drive, insert the flash drive into the photo frame and “wa-la!” It even turns off when it doesn’t detect motion around it, and you can alter the time each photo is on the screen for. If you’d like to add videos, you can do that as well. I highly recommend it (if you can’t tell already). LOL!
This picture (and yes it’s on my digital frame as well :-) ) is my husband I during our first Christmas together out here in Marina Del Rey.