Help for Simplifying the Holidays

Posted by Amanda Holloway @amandab, Dec 6, 2017

I love the holidays – spending time with family and friends, enjoying family traditions, savoring food and experiences. I do not love the commercialization, the pressure, and the waste (so much waste!). If you’re also seeking to simplify your holidays, I found some really great resources by New Dream that are full of helpful ideas:

I’d love to hear how you’ve simplified your holidays. A few years ago, my extended family decided to draw names so we’re only buying one gift for the adults rather than giving gifts to everyone. I also seek creative ways to wrap gifts to reduce waste – like wrapping a gift in a scarf – or giving the gift of an experience. Last year, I teamed up with my sister and we gifted our niece and nephews tickets to the Children’s Theatre Company. I’m looking for new ideas for this year. What have you found to be helpful in simplifying your holidays?

What a great resource, @amandab! Thanks for sharing.

I love the idea of giving experiences/time together as gifts. We need to incorporate that more into our giving this holiday season. We have done some of that in the past and I think this would take some pressure off of the holiday season.


In my family, we haven’t done gifts for adults for years, unless it’s edible or homemade. Not a hard and fast rule, but generally followed among all adults.

I love your experience gift idea. I also like the idea of four gifts for kids that I’ve read about: something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. My husband and I aren’t great about that for kids, but we’ll get there!

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