If you’re reading this and thinking, “Janetti, I don’t know what you want for Christmas” – then you’re not alone.
Because I don’t really know what I want for Christmas either!
Several weeks ago the kidults asked for our Christmas wish lists, and I swear it’s getting harder every year.
We’ve reached that (lovely) stage in life where if we want something, we are able to just buy it ourselves – there’s no need to wait for Christmas or birthdays!
First world problems, I know 😉 .
For the longest time money was tight, so Christmas and birthdays were a wonderful opportunity to ask for the things we’d been longing for but weren’t in the budget. Often they were very practical gifts, like the crockpot I was thrilled to receive one year.
Now I understand what our own parents meant when they used to say:
“Please, don’t get us anything for Christmas. We already have everything we need, and if there’s something we want, we can just buy it ourselves!”
It used to drive us nuts, and now we are doing it to our own kids … LOL.
The truth is, money can’t buy the things I really want … health, wealth, happiness, for Covid to go away, world peace, no need for domestic violence lawyers, etc.
Big Christmas Wishes
Or, what I really want is something so expensive and “out there” that I don’t even bother asking for it. Like, a trip to the US (which has kinda lost its appeal, thanks Covid), or a new wedding and engagement ring set.
New rings aren’t a priority, and it does feel a bit wasteful to be honest when I have perfectly good rings already.
It’s just that my tastes (and size!) have changed a bit in the past three decades. I now prefer yellow gold over white gold, and although I’ve had my rings resized a couple of times they’re still a tight fit.
These days I wear a sterling silver engagement ring and wedding band, set with cubic zirconias. (Hey if I don’t tell anybody, I’m sure they can’t tell the difference!)
So that is on my wish list … but “wish” being the operative word, I really don’t think it will happen and I’m okay with that.
Experiences are a good gift idea for this stage of life, but also tend to be on the pricey-side. My lovely kidults gifted us with a helicopter ride over the Gold Coast for my 50th which was amazing!
Thinking along these lines, Miss 25 and her hubby recently went to Sea Life at Mooloolaba and that looked like fun. I haven’t been there since I was pregnant with Mr 27 and it was called Underwater World, LOL!
The six of us went to a paint and sip for Mr 27’s birthday earlier this year and had an awesome time … but it was probably the fact we did it as a family that made it so special. (Hmmm I think I’ve just worked out what I want to do for my birthday! 😉 )
However when it comes to physical items, it’s really hard to articulate what I want, so how can I put it on a wish list?!
I like little things – the monetary value isn’t important – items that surprise and delight, things that the giver looked at and thought, “That is PERFECT for Janet!”. It might be a book, a scarf, an apron with cats on it, LOL. You get the idea.
While I love clothes, jewellery, books, jigsaw puzzles, etc, they can be a difficult gift to choose (as the kidults tell me) because they aren’t always sure of what I will like, whether it will fit, or if I already have it.
I don’t want to put stuff on my wish list just for the sake of having something on it!
As a result my wish list is a bit uninspiring, but … here it is.
My Christmas Wish List 2021
- summer PJs
- a nice hairbrush
- a decent hair straightener
- “Chic lit” books
- Brown Brothers Moscato
- a new water bottle
So I’m curious – what’s on your Christmas wish list this year?!