No Christmas This Year

Posted by Mrs Money on December 18th, 2009



I have a confession to make. I have done no Christmas shopping yet and it’s the 18th of December. The honest reason I haven’t started shopping? I don’t want to spend money on buying people Stuff they don’t need, and I don’t want to get any Stuff I don’t need in return. We’re trying to downsize after all, and receiving more gifts doesn’t jive with that. My mother was asking what we wanted for Christmas, and after drawing a blank for weeks, I told her that we needed new undergarments and maybe a Wii game. That’s all I could think of.

I am just really worried that whatever I get people, they won’t like. This year for Christmas we’re just buying gifts for my mom and dad, brother and sister, and my niece and nephew. I’m going to buy my dad some whiskey because that’s what he requested. I was going to knit a shawl for my mom, but I have run out of time now. I’m going to make her some candy cane sugar scrub and will probably get her a Wii Fit with my sister. As far as my siblings go, I’m going to get my brother a $25 Visa gift card and my sister some Bare Minerals candy eye shadow. Then I’ll get my niece and nephew their sweaters and be done with it.

I am going to make a bunch of candy cane scrub and knit some more dishcloths so that I can have them ready for neighbors and friends that I’m not buying gifts for. I am sure that everyone will like them as they are quite useful, and it makes me feel good to know people like what I make!  I’m hoping to have a semi-green frugal Christmas like last year.

Are you done shopping yet? Is there anyone out there like me that hasn’t started?

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8 Responses to “No Christmas This Year”

  1. AJ says:

    Hi there. Long time reader, first time commentor! My husband and I hummed and hawed over what to do for Christmas this year. We don’t want or need anything and no one we know wants or needs anything (other than more money of course). Then we found out we’re expecting our first baby next summer and we decided to just make personalized Christmas cards sharing the news and bypass any gift giving or receiving. As much as I’d love to exchange gifts with everyone, it just wouldn’t be financially feasible this year. We’re looking forward to the family get togethers, dinners and games, that’s all that matters for us!


    Mrs Money Reply:

    Awww, congratulations! That is so exciting. I think that is perfect. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your comment! I love finding out who’s reading. I hope you have a merry Christmas!


  2. LOL. Well, the funny thing is, my family doesn’t do get togethers or exchange gifts or anything like that. I usually do get my mother something, and I’ve already got that together for her. I usually try to send a gift to my two sisters who I’m closest to (the ones 2 and 4 years younger than me), and I send Christmas cards most years. The last couple of years I’ve sent out a lot of cards, in past years I have only sent strictly to my mother and siblings. Then there’s our immediate family. Mr. A doesn’t get into Christmas and Big A doesn’t care too much either. It’s usually AJ who is looking forward to gifts. I haven’t bought anything for him at all. I actually have a Wii game for Big A that I ordered a month or so ago. Today I’m finishing up the crocheted slippers I made for my friend and her little girl (if I can just remember where I put the little girl’s slippers that are already completely done!). And I have a few more cards to send out. 90% of them went out several days ago. I spent more money on people at my job, than my mom and sibs, that’s nuts!


    Mrs Money Reply:

    That’s funny. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who doesn’t go all out buying gifts for Christmas! I feel so fortunate to have a job, a home, and a loving family!


  3. Deirdre says:

    This year I’ve pared my Christmas list down to just two people (it gets shorter every year!): my mom and my boyfriend. I ordered 2 little things online for my mom, one thing for my boyfriend online, and bought the BF something in person too. So I’m all set (though, waiting for one of the online presents to arrive). No one else I’d normally buy presents for needs more stuff, and I need to put my money towards my debt. If I had more money, I’d contribute it to a needy family I know, but don’t want to increase my debt to do so…


    Mrs Money Reply:

    I love your plan. I have noticed my list getting shorter each year too!


  4. Stacey says:

    No shopping here yet, either. People don’t like “stuff” you get them. I’ve been in a baking mood this year, so at least they are “clutter-free.” Handmade cards for others. Have requested gift-cards and cash for clutter free gifts for the kids.


    Mrs Money Reply:

    You know, that’s the main reason I waited is because I worried so much about whether or not someone would like what I got them that I ended up just giving them money! I am on the clutter free kick too. I hope it sticks. 😉


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