We have all been taught that it is better to give than to receive, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t fun to have packages under the tree with our names on them. We all like to get presents.
What are you getting for Christmas this year? If you are tired of pretending to be thrilled with tins of dusting powder, boxes of chocolates, sweaters or sweatshirts with cute sayings, it is time to call it quits. Why doesn’t anyone know what you really want?
This year try something different. Post your wish list on the door of the refrigerator. No, you won’t get everything on your list but friends and family members will be pleased to have some ideas. Christmas shopping is hard enough without having loved ones murmur softly that they “don’t need” or “don’t want anything.”
Unless you are independently wealthy there are always things that you can use that will make life easier. My wish list will tell you that I would like to have the complete line of OXO Good Grips kitchen gadgets. These aren’t things I would buy for myself, well maybe I’d spring for one or two, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want them. What would you put on your wish list?
Put a little thought into your response when someone asks you what you would like for Christmas. If you are a coffee snob a delivery of beans once a month would be wonderful, a gift certificate for a personal trainer at your fitness center, or coupons for a weekly meal at the senior center. Consider pre-paid taxi or bus tickets, gift certificates for groceries, or a class that you want to take. What about a handyman service or a handy son-in-law to help install safety devices, a house keeping service (who wouldn’t be thrilled to have this) or prepaid gas or phone cards. I could go on and on but it is up to you to make your own list.