gift giving :: gift wrapping

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My DSIL (dear sister-in-law) asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year.  The only things I could think of were stylish pointy heels that I could walk to work in (they don’t exist!) and a mortgage payoff.  I certainly don’t need anything and the things I want aren’t necessarily things that I would add to my Christmas wish list.  In addition to being blessed with an overabundance of things I am in a constant struggle to pare down and not have so much ‘stuff’ around the house.  So whenever I think of things that I want, I try to remember to question how badly I want them and what value will it bring to my (our) life.

Just in time for the holiday buying frenzy an article linking consumerism and depression has been circulating the web.  It’s definitely worth a read.

Over the years, my family both immediate and extended has made attempts to pare down our volume of gift buying.  We do a polyannas and gift exchanges with most of our family and this year I think my parents are in agreement that we all have enough and should focus more on quality time spent together.

I can only speak for myself and my own family.  We have so much to be thankful for that in a time where we all increasingly feel stretched for time, it is nice to spend the time we have focused on each other more and on the gifts less.  I truly believe there is not right or wrong way to handle holiday gift-giving.  We have to do what is best for each of our families.

All that being said, I do love shopping for and giving gifts and equally as much I love wrapping gifts into beautiful packages.  Recycled kraft paper is pretty much a gift wrapping staple for every occasion.  I find both Ikea and Target (best selections are in the stores) great places for simple and inexpensive gift wrap.  Also, anytime I make a purchase online and am offered free gift wrap, I take it.  Sephora provides silky silver drawstring bags that I love giving gifts in.  The felt snowflakes in the photo above I snagged last Christmas when Anthropologie was offering free gift wrap.  This year I invested in a lifetime supply of bakers twine to mix things up a bit.

edited on 12/6 to replace the word ‘pair’ with ‘pare’.  Ok, so English isn’t my forte even if it is my first language.

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