No gift guides around here, folks. While I love a well curated and practical gift guide, it just wouldn't be real. Why? Bradley and I aren't exchanging gifts this year.
It sounds scrooge-y, but in reality, we just don't need personal junk and we do need household junk. Instead of agonizing over what to get each other, just to spend way too much money, we've decided on a couple big ticket items. A Kitchen-Aid mixer, an awesome record/book shelf from Ikea, and maybe a few new power tools will make us feel cheery and bright.
Does this take the anticipation out of Christmas morning? Are we going to regret not having surprises for each other? Honestly, I'm not sure. Maybe. It's easy to get caught up in the 'stuff' of the holidays, from Black Friday sales to stocking stuffers. Everyone succumbs to the 'stuff', at least a little bit.
In fact, we did some Black Friday shopping. We bought a fire pit we had eyes on for awhile, and a taller Christmas tree to accommodate our house, both from Lowe's. Slightly more tame than the rabid stampedes you see for electronics after turkey day.
We figure we'll have saved a little money, have things we will definitely use and still get to spend an entire day together (probably cooking stuff with our badass new mixer).
Thoughts on gifts? Just love giving surprises too much to let it go?