Are you buying less gifts this year for economic reasons this Christmas?

@marguicha (104432)
Chile
December 16, 2011 6:17am CST
There are lots of people everywhere in the world who have lost their jobs. Many have their jobs but the bills have raised and their money is the same. I always saved (as compared with other people) on extra energy. My Christmas tree only lights up when people come to visit. I have made a lot of gifts with my own hands and have recycled paper wraps and ribbons for them. I am only sending internet cards and I also cut this year the number of people I´m giving present to. How does this affect the Holidays for you? In what ways? Are you buying less presents? Are you saving in any way? Do share with us!
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@velvet53 (17719)
• Palisade, Colorado
16 Dec 11
Things are pretty tight around my place this year so I really cut back. I was fortunate enough to have a lot built up at Amazon so I could buy gifts there. I have cut back on many things that doesn't pertain to Christmas too. I am like you, I made a lot of my gifts.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
16 Dec 11
I know that the amount of money you spend on a gift is not as important as the fact that you remembered the person. Making the gifts is a proof of love and caring. This is the real Christmas spirit.
@velvet53 (17719)
• Palisade, Colorado
16 Dec 11
I have been making gifts for many years now and it would feel off balance if I didn't. I didn't know what to do for my youngest son and his girlfriend this year then he mentioned he would like an afghan from the same pattern that I had made for his dad. I had to ask which one it was cause I had made his dad a lot of afghans. So that problem was solved. There is something special in a homemade gift.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
17 Dec 11
A homemade gift is a gift of love. I still keep the drawings my children gave me almost 40 years ago.
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• United States
16 Dec 11
Actually, that was last Christmas and the Christmas before that - we severely cut not only the amount of gifts given but also the number of people to whom we gave gifts. We do not really have any more money this Christmas than we did the past two Christmases, but I do not see our financial situation getting any better in the near future. Therefore, if we keep putting off getting things and giving things, then we may never be able to exchange gifts until the little one is grown, so we might as well do a little more now and enjoy it while we can, because we do not know what the future holds for us.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
17 Dec 11
You are very wise, my friend. As we cannot give big presents, it is better to give what we can to the people that are nearest to our heart. This year, I even cut my oldest grandchildren. I would have to get 3 gifts for them and, if I give them something, I would also have to buy something for the 3 eldest children of my daughter´s boyfriend as they will be there. Six presents is too much! So I´m baking kuchens and cupcakes for all the grown ups.
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• United States
17 Dec 11
I am far from wise, my dear friend, but how many times do we need to learn the lesson "time is precious and we do not know what the future holds" before we wake up and enjoy the "here and now" rather than waiting for something that may or may not happen in the future? I keep getting these reminders, so I think it is about time for me to be able to say "lesson learned". I think that giving baked goods ... or actually food of any kind that you have made ... is always a great gift. We do that as well, especially since there are "special" things that some of us make better than everyone else. We exchange these gifts, and everyone looks forward to them. In fact, on the years that we have not done this people have been disappointed and requested them for the next year.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
20 Dec 11
I would really want to buy gifts for my nieces but the problem is I am on tight budget. I can't able to accommodate them all so what I do is that every year I give them gifts each only during their birthdays. I think it is a good idea.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
20 Dec 11
I´´m sure they know you love them and Christmas has become a race about who buys more and bigger gifts. Maybe now that we are experiencing money problems, the younger generation will learn to value what is most important. Merry Xmas!
• United States
20 Dec 11
i said that one give to every member of the family it fine. if they don't like it or wanted something else, they sould save some money or get a job and just buy what they want them self.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
20 Dec 11
Welcome to mylot, greatwolf! For me Christmas is about love and not about presents. I make most of my presents, but I do try to make something that the people I am giving will like. I have a couple of diabetic people in my life, so I make jams with Splenda for them. So it´´s not just about just getting them anything, but something appropiate.
@GavinKaos (272)
• United States
20 Dec 11
Too be honest, I don't like Christmas. Its not factual (even if you believe in god), it has become too commercialized. People often spend money they don't have or can't afford on people they barely like (such as a office co-worker during a secret Santa), or don't associate with much (like cousins you haven't seen in 10 years). We generally don't do much for Christmas. Very rarely do we send cards or give gifts. I personally don't care for when people give me gifts. I'd rather them keep their money and use it toward bills. Not that I am not grateful that I get presents, I just think the money should go to more important things. This year especially doesn't feel like Christmas. Its still warm out, hasn't snowed, and I've only had to scrape car windows 3 times. Plus there has been so much going on this year, that no holiday seemed like it existed this year.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
20 Dec 11
My husband did not like the commercial part of Christmas and we tried to keep what we thought was the true spirit of the Holiday. I am agnostic, but I see Christ as one of the great Masters the world has had. So we explained to our children about love instead of giving them more presents than we could pay for. Still they had many presents and it was at a time when children got a gift for their birthdays, for Christmas or when one of us came from abroad.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
17 Dec 11
HAPPY SAT., MARG. i HAVE SPENT TOO MUCH AS USUAL. I'M NOT ABLE TO GET OUT & SHOP MUCH SO I ORDERED MOST OF THE GRANDS THINGS & I GIVE THE BIG KIDS MONEY. i HAVE COOKED SOME THINGS FOR FRIENDS but don't buy much except for my kids & grands. Guess everyone has had to cut back, i know i have.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
20 Dec 11
I know that all in my family has cut back for one reason or another. My daughters both have reasonable good jobs, but everything is more expensive each day. And as they have children, there´s food, clothing, health and school for them. Bills are bigger now too. So that gifts are smaller and basically tokens of love.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
17 Dec 11
I am buying less gifts this year not because of economic reasons, but rather most of my family are living overseas. My mother passed away this August, so my brothers have decided to visit her sister who lives in Florida which leaves me alone this holiday season. My aunt who still lives here doesn't really need anything material, so I am making a home made card for her because I know that she appreciates this more. Last year, I also did not splurge much on gifts or the years before that. My family likes food more so instead of buying clothes or jewelry or gadgets, they would like a home-made dish instead that we can share on Christmas day. I'm usually in charge of desserts because I know how to bake.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
20 Dec 11
I´m making kuchens, cupcakes and cookies for Christmas eve. I´m in charge of the sweets as you are. I agree with you that sharing food with our loved ones is awesome. Merry Christmas!
@tamirs (1808)
• Philippines
17 Dec 11
Good to know that you can do something for gifts.i don't have a hand for such stuff as much as i like to make at least one. :-( Yes you are right,a lot of people sure will cut gifts cost and quantity this season.And i am one of those people.I am actually planning to buy only 7 gifts this Christmas. One for my,daughter, my husband, my father, my mother,my nephew, my niece and most of all my Granny.The rest i have to save for next year. :-) We will just prepare food for those who will come to our house on Christmas.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
20 Dec 11
I have found that it is better to give what we can to the people that are nearest to our heart. This year, I even cut my oldest grandchildren. So that, besides my baking and jams, I bought 4 child´´s gifts and a small gift for each of my 2 daughters.
16 Dec 11
I am one of the hundreds who worked for a company that decided to downgrade with no warning and closed our shop. I also am making the few gifts that I am giving. I am also reusing the paper from previous years along with the ribbons and placing them in the bags from last year. I am happy I kept them. Cards will be online only but all and all... I do want to wish all the very best for the season.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
17 Dec 11
Simray800, When hard times come, we have to use our imagination. I do the same with paper and ribbons. They come on handy for my jams on recycled jars. Merry Christmas and welcome to mylot!
@portisray (503)
• Philippines
16 Dec 11
Oh, uh... I would have wanted to give more gifts this year... but even less gifts I couldn't... I only have "limited resources" in giving gifts... If I know people around me who could afford to buy anything they want...I don't know what else to give... And then the best give I think to give who are less fortunate..the best I could give is small amount of money... That's for them to decide what is the best to buy... or to save them...
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
17 Dec 11
I don´t buy gifts for people who can afford to buy anything. But I do make something for them with my own hands. I have a couple of diabetic friends so I make a special jamm for them with Splenda. The jar is small because Splenda is expensive, but they know I care for them
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
16 Dec 11
Hi marguicha, now price hike is serious problem for the common people throughout the world. Income falls in comparison to price. It is a great headache for the low income group people. They have to cut down their expenditure. Like you almost everyone is compelled to cut festival gifts. But you have taken an intelligent way for Christmas gifts.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
17 Dec 11
The best way to cut expenses for me has been to make gifts with my own hands. I have to plan though, as I have to start saving items to recycle for many months.
• United States
16 Dec 11
Sadly for several years now we've bought fewer gifts and sent fewer Christmas cards for the exact reasons you mentioned. Hubby hasn't gotten a raise in a few years, I only work part time retail so even though I work more hours right now I now have a heating bill to try to pay along with holiday festivities. Leaves many people like myself which comes first the roof over my head or a gift?
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
16 Dec 11
I started to send cards by mail and they are free. And many people that don´t have much money (including myself) make some of the presents with their own hands. I do wish I knew how to make candles. Maybe I´ll learn for next Christmas. Meanwhile, I give away apricot jams as I have an apricot tree and the apricots are ripe exacly for Christmas. I also make chutneys for a couple of friends who like them and use recycled jars for them. Some times a flower or a small unexpensive plant in a container can be a nice gift.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
16 Dec 11
yes we are and because we havent used credit cards for years, we havent been spending as much in the past anyways. i shop all year round so i oftenget good deals throughout the year but right now, i will be buying less.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
16 Dec 11
I simply cut off all grown ups. I´m making apricot jam for all of them (from my apricot tree and with recycled jars and recycled wrapping paper from other Christmas). Only the very young grandchildren will get toys.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
16 Dec 11
I am ready to send a card that says, your donation to the ranch is very welcome this year. Some of the unexpected expenses we had were: The facts of life are there is only so much money to go around and support of our animals comes first. Love and blessings to all.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
16 Dec 11
I agree with that. I cannot spend a lot of money in gifts if I´m accepting money from my family to help cover part of my chemo treatment. So apricot jams they will have, except for the small fry.
@thesids (22351)
• Bhubaneswar, India
16 Dec 11
Dear marguicha Well, I had been saving all my income or whatever was left after my expenses since the past several months just to buy my wife a laptop. Finally, we have sufficient to go for a HP i3 model. As we are not Christians, it may not be anything about Christmas but I have no such feelings. I am sure to gift her the lappy and that will also act as a wedding anniversary gift (ours is in Feb). I will have to get her the lappy this month instead of waiting for feb because I know and she too knows that money for us is scarce and if we dont get it used the right way, it will end up in some other way which at least I dont want. I know she is running into problems because she doesnt get much access to the Desktop that we have due to my odd timings of work
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
16 Dec 11
That´s a wonderful and thoughtful gift, friend! And Christmas can be thought as a Holyday with symbolic value for anyone, no matter what faith. I am not a believer, but I respect the Masters that have taught in different parts of the world. Christ was one of them and for me love is what gives meaning to life.
@Masihi (4227)
• Canada
16 Dec 11
Yes, I've bought very few gifts and made the rest with my hands as well. Dishcloths, scarves, hats, and baked goodies. My kids don't need mountains of gifts anyway. We don't have the tree lights on often either, just in the evening.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
16 Dec 11
I have apricot jam for everyone now. The apricots are ripe and each day I make 2 of my biggest pots.. I´m glad I bought all the presents. They were few, but I wanted something for the smaller grandchildren.
@beamer88 (4267)
• Philippines
16 Dec 11
I haven't trimmed down my list of friends and relatives to whom I'm giving gifts. I had however cut down on the cost of the gifts I'm going to give. I've actually started doing this since my son started going to school 3 years ago. School fees can really take a big chunk off your budget. I've allotted a maximum of around $5 per gift. Here in my country, that amount can still buy a very decent gift :)
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
16 Dec 11
I have done the same. I am only giving real gifts to the little ones. For the older grandchildren and for my daughters, I´m making goodies to eat on Christmas day and to take home. I will only give a gift to one of my friends because she´s more of a sister than a friend.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
16 Dec 11
well that was my plan, and I told everyone that this was going to be a very light Christmas but I have sort of let thing get out of hand a little and I have spent more than I was going to so I guess next year I am just going to have to tighten the belt a bit.
@marguicha (104432)
• Chile
16 Dec 11
Many times we start with good intentions ,but then we say "just this one more thing" and that´s the beginning of a problem. I know because I have done it. It happens to me usually when I´m on vacation, specially when I´m not using the currency I´m acostumed to use. Later comes the time to tighten the belt.
• Guangzhou, China
29 Nov 13
New Christmas will coming soon, are you ready to buys some decoration light now?
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
17 Jan 12
I pretty much gave up buying gifts a long time ago. I can see it for kids, but I don't go out of my way to spend money on anything any more. I have it available, but it just doesn't feel right to me any more. To me, Christmas is just another day so I don't worry about it like I did when I was young.