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Simple Gifts

December 29th, 2015 at 01:23 pm

I received a gift in the mail yesterday from a friend. We exchange when the mood strikes us. Last year I'm pretty sure I sent her something. But not this year, in part because I was simply reducing our list of obligations.

She sent me a very small jar of organic hot chocolate mix (two servings), a nice chocolate bar, and two handmade marshmallows. Yummy! It is such a simple gift, but her card and thoughtfulness are more meaningful to me than something more extravagant.

I'd rather receive simple gifts given out of love than something extravagant any day. Some of this may be that I don't like spending money on expensive gifts, so I sure wouldn't want someone doing that for me. And this particular gift is one that will eventually disappear, once it is consumed. Only the jar will remain and that can be recycled!

I have a whole list of things that I think are pretty simple that I would love to receive: lotion, handmade soap, Penzey's spices, good quality tea, wool socks, slippers, homemade foods, lavender dish soap or hand soap, and even flowers or a plant. Did you notice most of those are consumable or something that will eventually be used up or worn out!

Do you give simple gifts? Do you have simple gifts you would look forward to receiving?

6 Responses to “Simple Gifts”

  1. Mrs. Frugalista Says:

    I love simple gifts as well. I received sugar scrub in a small mason jar from a student and it was one of my favorites.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I received a bottle of real maple syrup from one of my girlfriends, and in turn, I gave her a caddy of Christmas napkins (paper, but very good quality, with the Spode Christmas tree design).

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I prefer simple gifts too - both giving and receiving.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    We watched an episode of the Doctors on Christmas and many in the audience were deserving of nice gifts. The whole show was all th great things certain families were given, then gifts for the whole audience. It just seemed to be getting bigger, fancier, and more thrilling. Maybe I am a Scrooge, but after over 30 minutes it was just too overwhelming for me to watch. Simple stuff is so much better. Bigger, better, more exciting...how do you follow up on that?

  5. My English Castle Says:

    It's one of the reasons I don't like all the endless car commercials. Really? A car for Christmas? Something small from the heart.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    I like useful gifts. I don't want something that is going to sit around and be used only once a year.

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