‘Presence is the best present’ -Ryan Nicodemus
Working in payroll, I often get phone calls this time of year asking me to hold off on a deduction, issue an advance, or pay a commission early. I sympathise with each situation and do my best to accommodate, but understand?, I do not.
Do people think their family and friends would want to cause them stress, and put them into debt or financial hardship, just for a of couple presents?.....not a chance! With the exception of young children who do not understand the value of money or time which was exchanged for those gifts, no one would.
I am not suggesting no gifts this Christmas. It feels amazing to give gifts, but maybe be more deliberate about what you are giving. Give your time (this is invaluable), give homemade things, give experiences, give something a person really needs (if you know what that is), give consumables or show people you care in other ways. Maybe, host a Christmas gathering, or dinner. A potluck can be so much fun for everyone and costs each person very little. There are so many other ways to show people you care without spending a lot of money on gifts. Be more present at Christmas, and really enjoy the time with your family and friends, no bows and ribbons attached.