The Christmas Gift Decline

This Christmas has been perhaps the most blatant display of boring grown-up gift giving that I have experienced in my 25 years on this planet. Year after year, it seems, the older I get, the lamer my Christmas gifts become. The sad part is, although they're lame, they're gifts that I genuinely want or need.

Allow me to explain.

A couple weeks ago my Mom emailed me at work to tell me she had made a payment toward my particularly gargantuan student loan. This payment was my main Christmas gift. Womp, womp, womp. The thing was, although it wasn't something I wanted, it was something my Mom knew I needed. Thus, lame Christmas present #1.

Enter lame Christmas present #2. My family decided to do our Christmas gift exchange over Thanksgiving weekend since it would be the only time we could all be together for the holidays. I opened up my sister's pink tissue papered-box to find a blouse. Albeit a very cute Express blouse. But my younger sister bought me a blouse because I told her I needed new work clothes. Womp, womp, womp.

Shortly after my cute work blouse, I opened up a sewing kit from my Mom. To accompany the sewing machine she had gifted me for my last birthday. Womp, womp, womp.

Today, after asking Chuck and I what we wanted for Christmas, I finally told my mother-in-law what Chuck and I had discussed last night. What we really wanted, more than anything in this world, was for someone to come help us clean our house. Womp. Womp. Womp.

I don't want to seem ungrateful at all. I am so thankful to my sister, to my Mom and to my Mom-in-Law for their thoughtful gifts. Because the thing is, each one of them bought something I genuinely needed. I just wish what I needed wasn't so...adult


I am 25, going on...75.


  1. Making the transition into Christmas adulthood is hard. I got towels last year. Much needed, but not too exciting! Ha ha. It definitely takes some getting used to.

  2. Ahhhh having a chunk of my student loans paid off would be an AMAZING gift! Isn't it funny how something that sounds so boring can be such an amazing gift?

  3. I hope Chuck surprises you with something completely un-adult!