I had an interesting discussion last night with my wife. She was wondering what I wanted to shop for on boxing day (we typically get cash as a present from a few people). Now granted I do have a few smaller wants on my Christmas list, but beyond those I was having trouble coming up with anything else (as I mentioned here).
Then I realized I still have a long list of wants, but right now most of them can’t really be bought. For example:
- I want our second baby to be born healthy and around 40 weeks (unlike our son who came at 30 weeks) and to be able to spend time with him or her.
- I want my son to talk better. We’ve noticed a bit of a delay with his speech.
- I want less junk in my house and in order to really organize it well.
Part of this lack of material wants is from the fact I’ve already collected most of the toys I really want in life. I’ve got the MP3 player, laptop, wide screen TV, and a surround sound system. Yet another part of this is loving what I already have and appreciating where I am in my life. Things don’t really bring lasting happiness as much as experiences and people can. The sooner you can learn that the wealthier you will be in every possible way of your life.
So this Christmas I challenge you to come up with one gift that isn’t based on getting more stuff, but instead giving something to address a person’s deepest wishes. Give something that where the dollar value is not important, but rather the meaning behind it. For example, give a small photo album to a friend with pictures of good times you had together or just funny photos. Or perhaps give the gift of your time where you block out a day of your busy life to just spend it with them. Be creative and have fun, you might be surprised how well gifts like this can go over.