Why I Don't Buy Christmas Presents

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Before anyone thinks that I'm being a stingy Scrooge, hear me out.
I like the idea of Christmas gifts. I have always interpreted buying gifts as a biblical thing: in the story of the birth of Jesus, the three kings brought gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Anyway, I am not totally averse to buying gifts for others and I love seeing the pretty gifts in stores at this time of year. I have written some gift posts on this blog - read them here: Secret Santa, Christmas Gift Guide with Coconut Lane and the Christmas Shop 2016.

However, I just don't - I prefer not to buy presents. First of all, I'd rather avoid the commercialisation of Christmas even though the Western world is immersed in it. Secondly, I'd rather avoid the emotional stress and the damage to my bank balance. Thirdly, I don't need to buy presents to prove that I care and I don't feel the need to please others. I believe that Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones.

I like nice and lovely things, but I don't feel the need to buy things and I don't expect others to buy stuff for me. I'm not materialistic and I didn't grow up expecting (or feeling entitled to) presents. I don't feel obliged to buy presents for others and I don't see why I should. I remember, in my first two years of university I lived with a group of girls and some of them were really materialistic. They couldn't understand why my attitude towards buying (or not buying presents) and they were quite pushy (about many things): when I said that I don't buy presents and I wasn't raised to do so - and that's why I avoid activities such as Secret Santa - one of the girls said that I "had" to buy presents. No one "has" to do anything except pay taxes and die. I really hate how some people act as though they need to purchase Christmas presents as if their lives depend on it, and I really hate how some people think you're rude and weird if you don't get involved in the rush of Christmas presents, but then again, I don't give a damn what people think of me - it's really not my problem. I used to get judged a lot at school because I didn't receive presents and I didn't expect to, but there's is nothing wrong with not receiving gifts. I'll still live!

As well as saving money, I don't have to deal with the hassle of worrying about what to buy others. I really don't think it's worth the stress. Years ago I worked in retail during the Christmas and summer seasons and I used to see how stressed customers would get over purchasing the perfect item for their loved one. I felt terrible but I knew I would hate to be in that position.

Another thing you won't see me doing is standing outside a store early on Boxing Day for the sales. I worked on Boxing Day a few years ago and it was like a scene out of Black Friday. I couldn't believe it!

Anyway, no present-purchasing activities for me. Not now, and not ever. However, I am willing to make an exception for someone if I am very close to them.

Do you share the same stance?

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