At this time of year, it’s far too easy to get carried away with your spending. It’s understandable – you want to treat the ones you love with presents, you want food to feed your family, and you want your home to feel festive. However, Christmas doesn’t have to be such a materialistic time.
Let’s face it: Christmas isn’t the most environmentally-friendly of holidays. From the iconic trees to the plastic Christmas cracker gifts – it can be a pretty wasteful time of year. You can save your spending – and do your bit for the planet – by making more sustainable choices. For instance, you could have virtual prepaid cards, rather than the traditional option. A small thing you can do is reduce your use of glittery wrapping paper, crackers, and cards because glitter is toxic for the environment.
So many of us are guilty of being desperate to find the perfect for our loved ones. Or a scented candle for the people we don’t know very well. However, you don’t have to break the bank to give someone a meaningful present. You could give them an experience rather than a physical gift. They can create some wonderful memories, and avoid the Christmas clutter. There’s plenty of experience gifts out there you can choose from so you can find something that’s just right.
One of the best gifts you can give someone is your own time. This year especially showed us how important the relationships with our loved ones are. You don’t have to spend money to show them how much they mean to you. Instead, celebrate the relationship you have with them and invest in spending quality time with one another. Whether it’s a weekly walk or monthly dinners – their presence is what’s important to you.
Charities need all the extra help they can get at this time of year and especially after 2020. This season isn’t all about giving presents, it’s about giving back. If you’ve got the time, why not look into how you can help in your local community? There are lots of different projects. From care parcels to calling a person who needs company. Again, the gift of your time can be invaluable in so many different ways.
There is something to be said for those cheesy Christmas movies. This time of year is not about the stuff, it’s about spreading love and goodwill. What are your plans for Christmas?