My blog post today isn’t so much a blog post as a straw poll. The questions I want answered are these: If you were to receive a home-made Christmas present, would you be pleased and touched at the time and effort that had gone into making it, or would you be really disappointed that your friend/relative hadn’t gone out and spent proper money on you instead? Is someone who makes presents always seen as mean?
As you may have gathered, I am making some of my gifts this year. In all cases, the gifts I am making are taking up far more time than I would have used had I gone to the shops and bought them all, and I’m not giving really tacky presents that have been thrown together with waste materials (or at least, I don’t think they’re tacky!). However, I am slightly concerned that I will be regarded as mean for the reduction in ‘bought’ presents that I will be offering this year. I know I shouldn’t be bothered, but after all, all the people I give presents to are people I like a lot, and therefore I do care about their opinion of me.
We are being exhorted to spend less this year, especially if we need to use credit cards or overdrafts to cover the cost of Christmas. And so I am trying to cut back, to make the Christmas season less financially heavy. I don’t want to spend January worrying about the number of days until payday because I have no money left!