As someone who has developed a platform about being a minimalist, buying less, and shopping secondhand, the holiday season just gives me major anxiety.
Fortunately, both sides of my family have opted for the gift exchange model, wherein one person only buys a gift for one other person, and the surprise ends up being really fun, actually. Sometimes we add an extra rule, like the gifts have to be secondhand, experiential, or homemade.
I think a great experiential gift would be a family visit to the local landfill. I'm not even kidding. Stop buying shit you don't need. Seeing where it ends up is a helpful first step. I've personally been to several landfills. Guess how they smell. Not great. Guess how they make you feel. Worse. Yeah, seasonal drama here.
Something about the holiday season brings out the truth teller in me (as a feminist, I opted not to re-appropriate the word bitch here. Hope you rolled with my choice).
This holiday season, do whatever the hell you want. I won't judge. But my personal preference is to use my head and just buy less.