This thread is inspired by an article on MoneySavingExpert proposing a ban on Christmas presents: https://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2009/11/is-it-time-to-ban-christmas-presents/
I wondered whether many people have tried it and what their experiences were. What was your reason for wanting to avoid Christmas presents? And did those around you happily join in? Or maybe you enjoy giving/receiving presents and think Christmas is not the same without it. All experiences are welcome.
My close family decided last Christmas not to give each other presents except my niece and nephew, who are small. Parents found it weird and uncomfortable, but went along with it. Last time, I got the kids clothes and books, but they didn’t really need the clothes so some of the gifts were just excess (they loved and could appreciate the story books). This year, the parents don’t want to deal with more physical stuff, so kids will get to rip open boxes of sweets and biscuits instead. Last year, I also cheated a bit and gave the adults thank-you gifts (albeit not on Christmas day, but days before) for having helped me out some time ago. I haven’t given Christmas presents to friends or colleagues for most of my life, so that has never been an issue.
This year, I am being strict and not giving any gifts for any reasons except edible stuff for the kids. It is a huge relief not to have to run around the shops or surf websites trying to buy stuff for the sake of it. It eases the pressure for everyone, especially my siblings who have bigger things on their minds right now. Moreover, I have all the jumpers, socks, and bath salts I need, so getting obligatory tat like that actually stresses me out. We’ll pump some excess cash we have into exceptional food and drink that we wouldn’ t normally get the rest of the year. But otherwise, going counter-culture just saves us a lot of money and allows us to relax and focus on being together.