After my grouchy anti-Consumer, Christmas Rant in Someone Stole our Christmas Tree, I am now going to completely back track, contradict myself and sound like a hypocrite. Oops. Sorry.
Let’s talk about the joy of dollar store gifts.
One tradition we established when the kids were young was a Dollar Store Christmas shopping trip. The kids are too old for this now and I admit that
I miss it.
We would take a special trip to the dollar store and the kids would pick out gifts for family, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. They had a list of people to buy for but the idea was that they would choose the gifts themselves, without any adult interference. The kids loved this! It never ceased to amaze us, what the kids decided to purchase. Each year, at least one person would get a “winner” gift.
On Christmas morning the dollar store gifts were the first to be opened. Everyone could not wait to see the treasures picked especially for them. The kids were so proud! If some of the gifts seemed a little unusual to the adults the kids had their own (very good) reasons for choosing them.
Now I know that the last thing people need is more crap. I justified the dollar store buying because the gifts were mostly useful, inexpensive and could be lost, tossed or donated without a lot of guilt. I still have most of the dollar store gifts the kids bought me. Off the top of my head I can think of… A “love” decoration that sits on the fireplace mantle, hand sanitizer, a bowl, containers to sort my cosmetics, a ribbon, a hand mirror… and so on.
The Prize Gift
And like I said there were the prize gifts. One year my son bought my dad a toilet plunger! An unusual but handy gift if there ever was one. There were a few questionable figurines purchased as well but are all are displayed with pride in curio cabinets or on window sills. Ceramic dolphins anyone?
The kids are too old for this now but fortunately for us all my younger nieces and nephews have carried on the tradition. Can’t wait to see what goodies are waiting for me this year.
One last thing.
On the topic of dollar store gifts. Every year my husband participates in a grabby gift exchange at work. For his contribution he fills up a shoebox with dollar store goodies. Handyman stuff like a tape measure, sharpies, box cutters, work gloves etc. (his department is 100% male.) His gift is usually the most popular and most “grabbed.”
Who says you can’t do your holiday gift shopping at the dollar store?