Don’t get me wrong, I think gifts are great and people who give them are generous and kind.
It’s just that as a minimalist, it can be hard to say “No” to a gift because we really won’t use it and don’t want the clutter, yet we can’t seem to bring ourselves to hurt their feelings.
Some key statistics:
Gift-receivers will mark down the value of the gift just because it’s a gift down to as low as 18%. If they bought it themselves, it’d be worth its price or more.
Gift cards go unredeemed, to the tune of $2.5 billion in one holiday season.
Me? I love cold hard cash, treats or getting together to eat a little, talk a little and laugh a lot.