The beauty of gift exchanges

The other day, I was chatting with my mom about how expensive Christmas is for the average Joe. I was telling her all of the people I need to purchase gifts for, and we agreed that gift exchanges really are a great way to save money during the Christmas season.

Think about it. Say that you, for each year, have to buy a gift for your mom, your dad, your siblings (let’s say you have two), perhaps a work secret Santa, some for your friends, some for extended family, some for your partner if you have one, and perhaps one for their family members as well …

As the list grows, your bank account plummets, which, in my opinion, quite honestly defeats the entire purpose of Christmas, which is to spend time with the ones you love.

Rather than having to purchase 20+ gifts each and every year, why not suggest doing gift exchanges for whatever family functions you have, between friends, with your partner’s family, and so on. You go from buying possibly ten gifts to at least half, if not even less. It’s a win-win situation.

Another good thing about gift exchanges? When your list of people to buy for gets cut in half, so does your stress, meaning you’re likely able to put a little more thought and effort into each gift, rather than panicking and buying 15 Tim Hortons gift cards for everyone.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Tim Hortons gift cards, but they’re not exactly the most personal gifts, if you catch my drift.

There’s no harm in suggesting a gift exchange to your families and friends this Christmas season, and they may be ecstatic about the suggestion. You won’t know until you try, and in the meaning, check out online secret Santa generators to make the process even easier than ever before.

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2 thoughts on “The beauty of gift exchanges

  1. Hi, I saw your title on my reader, and decided to pop in, Last year my SIL hosted Family Christmas, and decreed that we would exchange gifts, but with a game. At first I was really put out, because I really love giving gifts!! But it was fun. And I still took my mom’s and the kids a gift the next day at Christmas breakfast at Mama’s. So it all worked out. This year no one wanted to sign up for a gift exchange, so my Sis, as hostess, decreed a gag gift exchange. That will be fun as well! Still taking Mama, and the kids a gift!


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