Friday, December 12, 2008

Another Way to Simplify Christmas

After posting about how we are simplifying our Christmas baking this year, my husband and I were talking about what we each wanted for Christmas from each other. You know, getting ideas for sneaky Christmas shopping.

We were talking and all of a sudden one of us brought up, kind of tongue in cheek more than anything, the idea of not shopping for each other but rather taking the money we would spend on each other and pooling it together for a fun outing, experience or day trip.

We liked it. We'll still fill stockings for each other, which we both love to do, but we'll not do anything else in the way of gifts under the tree. You would not believe the stress that took off of me when we decided to do an "experience" gift instead of more shopping! My husband was relieved too. We do like to get each other gifts, don't get me wrong, this just seems like a great way to simplify this year!

Plus, it will give us something to look forward to during the more dreary winter months long after the gifts have been unwrapped. And it will be time spent together.

Now,we just have to figure out what we'd both like to do. We've tossed a few ideas around but haven't landed on a really exciting one yet. Even though, the amount we're spending isn't huge, I've become so accustomed to planning free or cheap activities that I'm not sure what to think of! Of course,we both love to eat, so we could go out for a very nice meal, but we really don't want to just eat our Christmas gift!

What about you? If you were going to plan a day out with your spouse and spend a reasonable amount of money, what would you do? I'd love to hear your ideas!


Debbie J. said...

We are giving each other DSL internet and a printer. Dial up is driving me crazy and I don't have too far to go... LOL

Love your idea of a trip!

Wendi said...

Love this idea! I would suggest that hubby and I drive into northern Indiana and tour the Amish countryside. Have a nice meal and maybe pick up some of their wonderful bulk spices. Simple things make me happy.

We have really changed our spending habits this year. We started out with a $100 budget for each of us. Then I said I had spent $30 and purchased him two gifts. He had done the same, so we decided not buy any more. Just do stockings with a $20 budget that we just cut back to $10 last night. Give me a few more days and we just might make it smaller!

Happy planning!

gail said...

is there an area nearby that you want to explore? or a show or concert you want to see? before we had our son, we used to take day trips to the coast and other places. we called em "you & me" days and i loved it! so did hubby.

DarcyLee said...

We live near a major city and the Christmas lights are spectacular. Walking downtown is an experience in itself and maybe, stopping somewhere for some delicious hot chocolate. There are concerts and plays to go see, too. Or, for something quieter, you could go to a bed and breakfast in a small picturesque town.

Great idea for a Christmas gift.