We’ve all heard the stories.
Husband gets wife a vacuum for christmas. Wife freaks out. Husband never lives it down.
Call me crazy, but I think the wife is the crazy one.
Because I would love to get a vacuum for Christmas.
In fact, for our first valentine’s day after we got married, the Big Guy got me a Swiffer mop. We were living in an apartment with some other college kids, and we weren’t very good about the cleaning part of things. We all paid rent on time, and never fought about splitting utility, but our cleaning skills were sorely lacking.
Luckily, my husband loves to browse the clearance section of walmart – and when he came across a Swiffer mop on clearance he didn’t hesitate to buy it for me for Valentine’s day.
Of course, it’s not like I should have expected jewelry – we definitely didn’t have any money – and I suppose this incident speaks to our relationship.
While I love jewelry and flowers, i feel that receiving them rarely makes me appreciate them more.
I still have that Swiffer mop – and I use it quite frequently. My cleaning skills have gotten better, and I’ve learned to use wet microfiber clothes instead of those expensive and chemical-filled swiffer mop pads, but that swiffer is a reminder to stay grounded.
Since that Valentine’s day our finances have improved significantly. We still have a long way to go, but we’ve started to splurge every now and then.
But I still would be super ok with getting a vacuum for Christmas.
In fact, I got one last year!
It’s a Dyson, it’s beautiful, light, and it picks up everything I throw at it. We bought it during Black Friday, got a heck of a deal on it, and I can honestly say that that vacuum was the present I was most excited about under our tree.
The point of this whole story is not to say that you can never buy fun gifts. Or even to say that the wife should always expect practical gifts. Or that your wife should never get upset (ha!)
My point is this:
Take advantage of every chance you have to make your life better.
Most of us either save all year for Christmas presents, or set aside a sum of money in our winter budget to buy presents.
Either way, why let all of your hard work accumulating money to buy presents with go to waste? What better use can you find than to buy a present that not only makes someones life easier, it will last for years!
So I want to challenge you:
If you’re on the receiving end of a practical gift: Be genuinely joyful. It’s all about mindset, and when you think of how much easier, or more fun that gift will make your life, thank the gifter with genuine joy.
If you’re giving practical gifts: Have no shame. You are making someone’s life better, easier, or happier :-)
Joy with no shame – Sounds like the Christmas spirit to me!
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Petrish Dyer says
I bought myself a Dyson four years ago and it is still one of the best gifts I have giving myself. Who says diamonds is a girls best friend?
Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom says
I got a vacuum for Christmas and I love it! It’s bagless, so I get to watch the dirty swirl around in there. I don’t love vacuuming, but it’s a fun vacuum! If I’d got one of those cordless Dyson vacuums, I’d be beside myself!
I love getting house supplies/cleaning supplies for holidays, all of the things that I don’t want to buy.
I asked (no, I BEGGED) for a dishwasher for Christmas last year. My husband kept saying no. I told him that I needed it and it would help me and that is what I wanted. I kept arguing my point and I got a dishwasher. I make it a point to tell him a lot that I appreciate my gift. I love getting things that make life easier and things that I don’t like buying myself.
Amen, Sister! I recently got a clearance Shark vacuum and it is hilarious how I now find any reason to vacuum. So grown up :) In this same vein, it drives me NUTS how many jewelry commercials there are on at this time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I wear some jewelry, but it just blows my mind how many women want expensive jewelry instead of something practical (or paying down debt). My husband knows to never buy me jewelry, but that I’ll take a practical gift anytime.
Exactly! stuff like that is totally worth the money!
I’d much rather get a practical gift or gift cards for Christmas and other occasions. Not only am I working on big financial goals, but I’m also really working to eliminate the amount of clutter in my house. I don’t want to add to it! PS-I love my Dyson!
I totally agree, Heather!