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. Gifts that will ultimately be 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 Chris gets so mad at me for overspending. All the time… 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 buy 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.
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’.
Rules: Buy five gifts for five pounds…
- We could spend one pound on each gift, or
- We could buy things for more or less than a pound as long as we made sure we bought five different gifts for five pounds
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 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. Something as simple as this will give us memories for years to come.
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 can’t think why..!
You should try it and see what you can get… Honestly, its such a laugh.
Merry cheap and cheerful Christmas everyone..!