I used to dread receiving an invitation to a birthday party, baby shower, or even a wedding invitation (only from acquaintances). I just didn’t have “presents” as a line item in my budget. These days, however, I’ve been liberally generous with my gift giving compared to how I gave back then.
For birthdays, I recently gave each my niece and younger sister a Kate Spade bag because I love that brand so much. I think I used to limit their present amount to $30, but now I’m so happy I get to share what I love with them almost like Oprah. For friends around my age, I love treating them out to dinner since people my age have everything, and because I prefer gifting experiences over stuff. We get to bond, make memories, and reinforce friendships. Totally different for kids though. I love spoiling kids rotten with materialistic nonsense as a way to spoil my own inner child (never got much toys as a kid).
On a different note, tomorrow is going to be hump day. I’m already ready for the weekend.