About a year ago I read an article by author Shannon Hayes on the topic of investing. She wasn’t talking about investing money, per say, at least not as it relates to mutual funds and stock options, she was talking about making wise purchases that act as investments in your family’s lifestyle. The sentiment in this article has weighed heavily on my mind this holiday season as I buy gifts for those I love and receive gifts that were bought in love. How will the things I ask for, receive and buy further the values, goals, and lifestyle of my family or my loved one?
In the case of my husband and I our lifestyle tends to circle around the values of faith, simplicity, sustainability, and frugality. In the past, these values have led us towards purchasing primarily reusable vs disposable products, doing a lot of things ourselves, and focusing more on the quality or meaning behind things we buy rather than the quantity or popularity. This may sound boring in terms of gift giving, but receiving gifts that help further our goals by saving us money or increasing our sustainability bring us a lot of joy.
So what does a simple and sustainable Christmas list look like? Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- A membership to a gym, yoga studio or dance studio
Money or gift certificates for date nights
Money towards a family vacation
Subscription to Hulu plus, Netflix, or amazon prime so that you ditch that cable TV