Last Friday was Black Friday. Monday was Cyber Monday. And this entire season is marked with a desperate need to shop and spend on the perfect gift for the people we love. And while giving the perfect gift is fun and rewarding in its own way, driving ourselves crazy and going into debt is not. As you hit the malls, stores, or keyboard this holiday, remember that it really is the thought and love behind the gift, and not what you spent, that matters most.
I admit I have trouble following this advice. I would love to buy the toy aisle for my children and fill my husband’s garage with all things mechanical. But this year, I am trying to cut back. My shopping list is smaller by choice. And in my family, we’ve drawn names and set a spending limit for the adults. I’m going to bake for teachers and neighbors. And I plan to write several heartfelt and beautiful cards.
I can promise this: every gift I give will be given with lots of love and thoughtfulness.