Just because you’re an adult, it doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to gifts like you did as a kid. After all, your closest relationships, like your parents, your spouse, or even your kids would most likely spend money on something for you. So why not let them make the best use of their money?
We all hear about Christmas not being all about presents. Of course it isn’t … but it’s the one day of the year we can excuse ourselves for being financially naughty and nice. Doesn’t it make you feel great when you know you’ve purchased something for your friend or family that you know they will truly appreciate? Surely they feel the same way when it comes to buying presents for you!
Going around and telling people what you want for Christmas might not go well for some people. So here are some helpful ways to drop those subtle hints so you can get what you really want for Christmas:
Get a Wish List Made
I’ve gone through a few birthdays and Christmas gifts, where I’ve spent a great deal of money on something for my husband to have him tell me he really likes his gift and then find out just how little he actually does later on.
So what’s my solution? Pass around a nicely made print out titled: Christmas Wish List.
Everyone will write their name on the top of the page and write a list of 10 to 20 (or even 30 to 40) things they really want. This will give you as many options as possible to purchase what’s within your budget. At the same time, the element of surprise will still be there, because they wouldn’t really know what they’re getting.
Wish lists are also great to keep for future birthdays. You wouldn’t have to ask or try to figure out what they really want and if you’re husband, wife, or partner is as smart as you are, they would also keep that list for future gift giving events.
Ask Everyone to Participate in Little Johnny’s Letter to Santa
Little Johnny is the name of the little boy or girl in your family. In our house, his name is Oliver. I had my mom and dad sit with Little Oliver and help him write a letter to Santa. Of course they had to write their own letters as well so Little Oliver could see that Santa doesn’t forget parents and grandparents on Christmas.
Sometimes grandparents will truly get into it and sometimes they will play along. You’ll be able to tell!
Drop LOTS of Hints!
There are many ways you can drop hints:
- Sit next to your spouse, while you look at your favorite shopping magazine
- Talk about the great deals you found and how great it would be to have that item
- Want some new makeup? Put your makeup on while your husband is in the bathroom and talk to him about the products you love
- Want a new couch? – Don’t stop reminding your spouse how much you want it
You get the point …
Remember the days you used to get so excited about Christmas morning, because you got to open presents? Why does it have to be a terrible thing feel that way again? It doesn’t have to be and surely your gift givers wouldn’t want you to be disappointed either!