Stuff & happiness, how much do you really need?

LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,374 admin

Here is some incentive to pare down as well as some "experience" gift ideas. Experiences are my preference, if possible.

We don't need so much stuff.

I am working on cutting down on stuff & keeping things in order and it is making me feel better...more free and giving me a sense that I can control something during this crazy time that stole my motivation....freedom from its control. I would encourage everyone here to do the same.

By maintaining right when things need doing, it is giving me more incentive to keep going, moving forward, bit by bit.

Give yourself the gift of experience this year. Experience the freedom of clearing things out, keeping what matters, & keeping old ways in mind.

This link below certainly gives food for thought.


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,516 admin

    Awesome article @LaurieLovesLearning. Such a good thing to do. So many people have a box in their closets of things that they have been given for Christmas and it just sits there because the items have no real value.

    Before my mum passed we decided to do this for her. Take her on short holidays, to a resort or a hotspring, or to an event. She was very pleased at the idea of being able to enjoy an experience with us.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am only giving gifts that get used up so there is no clutter.

    I also like the idea of adventures together with family

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,423 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love this idea. In past years Christmas and birthday gifts for my oldest daughter have usually included tickets for us to go do something together. Some years we took my nieces also. This year I want to give her an experience gift again, but I can't seem to come up with an idea that she will like. She is an adult now in a serious relationship. I don't see her as often as I did in past years.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,374 admin

    @Michelle D I would talk to her and find out what she might like to do. Let her know that you still want to be able to connect with her in a special way as in years past, but this year you are stumped.

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,361 admin

    ... depends, I definitely need my Stuff Smith recordings! GOOD STUFF!!!

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,842 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My dad and I stopped giving birthday and Christmas gifts years ago, instead we go out to dinner and have a nice meal. Also my friends and I have stopped giving gifts, instead we do day trips or meals.

    If is see something that might help my dad do things, I will pick it up but I do not go shopping just for that.

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,423 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A few years ago my brother and I started a new fun family tradition. As our families grew it started becoming very expensive to purchase gifts for each other, spouses, kids and now kids significant others. All of us love playing board games. Now each year for Christmas my brother and I each purchase one new interesting game for the whole family. We keep them at my mom's house and we use them whenever we get together. It is a lot more meaningful and fun for everyone. Not to mention a lot less stuff!

  • Tave
    Tave Posts: 952 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My sister-in-law always gifts consumables for the same reason. And no hurt feelings 20 years from now because they got rid of your gift.