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Do You Give Gifts for Christmas?

Where Do You Stand? Gift Giving For the Holidays

It starts right after Thanksgiving. People hit the stores to start Christmas shopping, and the malls are packed with shoppers spending tons of money and searching for the perfect gifts.

Some people wouldn't dare show up at the family Christmas without a huge car filled with beautifully wrapped packages. Likewise, they're excited to receive and open gifts too. Giving and receiving presents can be fun and meaningful, and it's a time to show your appreciation for others.

What's your opinion on gift giving during the holidays? Are you into it? Or do you think it's gotten way too materialistic and out of hand?


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frieddumpling frieddumpling 9 years
I love to give gifts and receive them! Yes, it can be too materialistic sometimes, but I find that the best gifts don't have to be expensive, as long as they are thoughtful! :)
Jacinthe Jacinthe 9 years
I hate the gift-giving/receiving portion of christmas. When people ask me what I want, I tell them not to buy me anything. When I need/want something, I save my money and buy it myself. On the giving end, my financial situation is crap (college student, 0 extra income), and I never know what to buy people if I DO have money.
catita85 catita85 9 years
i love giving gifts-regardless of the time of the year. I´m quite broke right now so I´ll shall not be giving gifts this year, but when I have the resources i love to do so. Maybe christmas is a bit too materialistic, and i loathe crowded malls.
Lacey91205 Lacey91205 9 years
I love giving gifts, and receiving them too. My family is also in to the true meaning of Christmas too. We incorporate that too.
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 9 years
I think that Christmas has definitely lost the true meaning- God- as opposed to what to get gifts, but I think if the gift-giver has their head in the right place, it can be something great albeit materialistic. I love giving gifts- finding the perfect gift gives you the BEST feeling. I'd always thought that was a load of crap, but then I started actually caring thanks to a boyfriend who bothered to put more than 1 minute into my gifts. if I had a family, I'd just have a discussion about what christmas really means, a "birthday cake for jesus", and go to church that day. there's no reason not to give gifts, but what's special about it shouldn't be solely about what you receive.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i like to remember the special people in my childrens lives at christmas. I made cards for their teachers and coaches that were individual and then tried to match the gifts to the person. They weren't always BIG gifts, but they took a lot of time to put together. I enjoyed doing it this year more than in years past because my kids were old enough to be involved in the process and I had more time (my youngest is in school all day now). gifts for my dh's family are a pain every year. we see them so seldom and how do you buy gifts for people you don't know? still they like to pretend once a year that we are a "big happy family" and one day a year i go along with it (sigh).
Random2 Random2 9 years
I love giving gifts! But I won't lie, I like receiving too. I'm terrible at the whole secret thing though, and I usually end up blabbing what I got everyone before they open it. I really need to work on that.
I think Christmas has been completely commercialized and has aided in creating a very materialistic society. I'm not against gift giving, I just think that it has come to the point that you are made to feel worthless if you don't buy gifts for everyone at Christmas. The only reason I bought this year is so that I'm not labeled the Grinch. My boyfriend and I come from very different childhoods. I was spoiled for Christmas every year, and he was lucky to receive anything at all on Christmas morning. I know that when I got back to school from Christmas break, the teachers went around the class and asked everyone what their best gift was. That was all fine and dandy for me, but I couldn't imagine being my boyfriend sitting in class on those days. Waiting for your turn to come, and you had nothing, or you had to make something up.
StarryEyed StarryEyed 9 years
I love gift giving! Christmas, birthdays, other special days.
Marci Marci 9 years
I love finding something special for the people I love, but I'm not into the big ticket items. This year we did a major move and had to regroup with our careers so finances are tight. We still wanted to give gifts but explained to everyone we're having Christmas on austerity, and no one cares.
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
you guys put way tooo much though into it. you buy gifts for ppl you want to give to. if you can't afford it, the you buy the best you can or make gifts. if you're really broke ( in foreclosure) ppl will understand, and you wont get dirty looks. it's that simple. you buy for who you want to give to.
Beaner Beaner 9 years
This year, we've decided not to go crazy and put a number on how much we're spending on family members. There's just no reason to buy such expensive gifts. It's jsut a nice time to be together.
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
i LOVE giving gifts. it makes me so happy to see peoples' faces when they open up i gift that they love!
kia kia 9 years
I enjoy gift-giving. It is as materialistic and commercialized as you want to make it.
trixiefire trixiefire 9 years
I love to give gifts, love it love it love it. I love finding something thats just absolutely perfect for a loved one, something so thoughtful that they'll cherish it. I love the look on their face when they open it up. I love gift giving so much I used to buy my younger sisters gifts from every paycheck I made, from the time I was 17 on up.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I also don't consider acknowledging my family with gifts to be "materialistic" and "commercialized." I acknowledge their birthdays with gifts as well.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
This year is the first year I've actually been making money, plus I got an unexpected bonus, so I'm being more generous this year than previous years. I don't buy presents for that many people--just my immediately family (mom, dad, sister), my boyfriend, and a couple close friends. I love Christmas and I know it can be over-commercialized, but I love that time spent on Christmas morning with my family--drinking coffee, listening to Christmas music, and opening presents.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
We discuss it as a family ahead of time. For instance, this year all the kids get gifts, but no adults do except my parents and my husband's parents. Some years everyone gets gifts, some years we draw names. It just depends on the situation.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love gift giving :)
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
I think it's sad that people are totally capitalizing on it by camping out to buy wii's and such for retail price, and then jacking them up a couple hundred bucks to sell them on ebay to parents who actually want to buy them for their children. Other than that, I love Christmas and all the gift giving/receiving that ensues. :)
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