It’s no secret that Christmas is expensive. Even so, we still conform to society’s tradition of spending vast amounts of money on gifts that will ultimately get played with for five minutes or end up in the recipients cupboard, never to be glanced at again.
That sounded a bit negative, but its true. I am extremely guilty of overspending at Christmas. I always have to get ‘just one more present’ for someone. It never seems to be the last present though. I can’t help myself. My OH gets so mad at me. Such a penny pincher he is. Ha!
As we get older, and have our own families, the focus of Christmas shifts. Our concern isn’t so much about receiving gifts but about spending time with family.
My sister and I decided this year that we wouldn’t be getting gifts for each other, choosing only to focus on buying gifts for the children. We don’t need anything from each other so we don’t see the point in wasting money when we could spend it on something more important (ahem, alcohol, ahem…).
We stuck to this plan for all of five minutes before deciding we would get each other a gift. But.. it would be more of a joke gift. We would get each other something from the pound shop. Every other shop seems to be a pound shop these days so it shouldn’t be so hard, right?
After discussing it (in way too much detail and getting way too excited about the idea) we came up with the final ‘rules’. Instead of one gift from the pound shop, we would get each other a total of five gifts for five pounds.
So we could spend one pound on each gift, or if something cost two pounds, you would have three pounds left to buy four gifts etc… How its worked out would depend on the price of what we were buying, but we have to ensure we buy five different gifts.
I haven’t bought the gifts yet but I have been having a browse around the pound shops and local markets and you can actually get some pretty decent things for a pound if you look around.
I might see if I can get my sister some gifts that are nice and useful but honestly, I think the more ridiculous the better really… How about a bottle of washing up liquid, a gigantic lighter thing, or a packet of crumpets… She would hate me. I would laugh my head off…
It’s sounds stupid but these gifts are the ones I am looking forward to buying the most. And I cannot wait to see what gifts I receive. It’s just about the laugh we will have and it hasn’t cost us a fortune.
So what do you think? Do you think you would have as much fun as us buying joke gifts like this or are we just getting a bit silly with it all? We have been told we are weird a few times in the past. I cant think why..!
You should try it and see what you can get… Honestly, its such a laugh.
Merry cheap and cheerful Christmas everyone..!