What Really Matters In Your Life?


I love stopping by frequently to see what my new friend Stephanie has to say over at Metropolitan Mama. And something she said recently, on the subject of gift buying, gift giving and what really matters in our lives,  caught my attention:

THINGS are so overrated. Things get tossed aside and put under the bed and – eventually – given away. People stick around. People matter. As such, the gift of time is a thousand times more valuable than the most expensive present.”

It’s important to make memories with those we love as opposed to allowing presents to shape occasions, she adds. Instead of concentrating on presents, I think it’s fun to focus in on special experiences. Rather than purchasing a gift, plan a special camping trip or a fancy dress-up dinner or a picnic in the backyard. Spending money on good hiking boots or brilliant watercolors or ingredients for making a cake (WITH your child) is money that is well spent.”

I applaud Stephanie’s values and I think she speaks about them so beautifully. She really lives what she believes. It’s good food for thought as I make my own Christmas gift list.

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8 Responses to “What Really Matters In Your Life?”

  1. Ellen (@zaellen) says:

    Yes! I’ve been putting a LOT of thought into this with the holidays arriving soon and I feel frustrated by the focus on presents! The kids and I make most of our gifts and have been talking a lot about how much fun we have on Christmas eve when all of our family comes to celebrate. We eliminated most gift giving and spent the evening enjoying each other. I love your ideas and thoughts on focusing on special experiences…I’m going to keep that in my thoughts and work at doing more of it. Thanks so much for this post! :)

  2. Kathy says:

    I love that you and the kids make gifts, Ellen. That means so much, I think, and creates great memories. I’m going to be looking for more ways to do this, too.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Kathy. I am truly grateful that our paths crossed last month and I look forward to our continued friendship in the upcoming months.

    See you on Saturday (We are SO excited!),
    Stephanie´s last blog ..FOR HER: a sweatshirt from Hanes

  4. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Stephanie. See you very soon!

  5. Thanks for the ideas. We are not spending any money for the decorations and wrapping papers . The kids are making the ornaments and I have swen some gift bags to put in the gifts.

    It will be a simple Christmas for us but a meaningful one.
    candygiftbaskets´s last blog ..Over the Hill 40th Bouquet of Cookies

  6. This sounds like a great way to go. Creative and meaningful. Thanks for sharing!
    Kathy @ Parent Talk Today´s last blog ..Feeling Thankful? Give The Gift of Clean Water

  7. Dawn says:

    It was so nice seeing you again on Sat, wasn’t that a blast?! I love Stephanie’s take on this too. We are having a home-made Christmas this year and it is so refreshing. No more plastic waste, things you don’t need and above all all of the gifts come from the heart!

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

    ~Dawn :)
    Dawn´s last blog ..Welcome to the Jungle…

  8. Dawn, it was great to see you! You are so friendly and easy to chat with. I love your Christmas approach. We are cutting back this year, as are a lot of people we know, and the gifts we are giving, we are trying to make more meaningful. We are giving photo gifts, gifts of music, and also donating to Heifer International. Love what they are doing.
    Kathy @ Parent Talk Today´s last blog ..Feeling Thankful? Give The Gift of Clean Water