I need help!
There are just a few days left before Christmas and there is nothing under the tree with my name on it. Nate and the kids keep reminding me that I am running out of time. Soon, it will be Christmas morning and there will be nothing for me. What is a mom to do?
Nate and I decided a few years ago not to buy Christmas presents for each other any more. We have both embraced the idea of minimalism and it no longer makes sense to spend money on something that the other person does not absolutely want. Instead, we each search for the perfect gift for ourselves. We buy it for ourselves. The other person wraps it, then we wait until Christmas morning to enjoy the self-selected gifts.
I crave simplicity. The idea of clutter makes me break out in hives. Due to our traveling lifestyle, we aim to keep only what we can carry. If we had to pack up and leave tomorrow, we would have very little work to fit all our belongings in our suitcases.
However, I would not call myself a minimalism purist. I still indulge in some excesses. I have a few more than 20 articles in my wardrobe, unlike the elusive capsule wardrobe. As a homeschooling mom to young children, I allow a small amount of art and science clutter.
I have not sworn off all material objects. Instead, I do my research to know that what I am spending my money on, and allowing into my life, will serve me and give me value on a daily basis.
And so, Christmas approaches and I have no idea what to buy for myself. Of course, there are things that I want, but they are either out of my price range, are not accessible on our tiny island of American Samoa, or I am unable to conclusively determine that they would be worth the money.
I have been considering what I love to do: spend time with my family, spend time at the beach, run, write, and travel. Spending time with my family and at the beach are enjoyed with very few physical objects, which we already have. I have a great pair of Brooks running shoes, adequate clothes that fit and wear well, and an Apple Watch that tracks everything I need and more. I have a great tablet for my writing, which was last year’s Christmas present.
We are already living in paradise, on our tropical island, and are saving money to take a trip this coming spring. Yes, I would love to be traveling more, but from our South Pacific island, everywhere is out of our price range for now.
So, here is my plea…
Give me some suggestions. What does a blogging, running, home-schooling, island-living, minimalist mom gift herself for Christmas? What is something that has truly brought value to your life or blog/business?
Note: I’m looking in the $0-$200 range and it does not need to be a physical object capable of being wrapped and laid under the tree. I am super open to any ideas.