Tis the season for gift guides, and publications, bloggers, and practically anyone else with the means to put together a product collage in some format are putting them forth.
Since I began blogging, I’ve debated putting together Live Simply holiday gift guides. And then each year I’ve just let the opportunity slide right by, eventually telling myself that it was too late now anyway, Annie; all of the shoppers have already been guided to buy all of the gifts.
This year, once again, I considered it. I tossed it casually back and forth thinking, “I could do a mini one, I wouldn’t have to make it some big ordeal of a thing.” And then that thought would be promptly followed with “Uch. What an ordeal.” And so forth.
The absence of holiday gift guides on Live Simply this year isn’t a reflection of my stance on holiday gift giving. I don’t feel the need to decry the commercialization of the holidays (mostly because society does a pretty reliable job making that evident all on its own). The reason is wholly more sympathetic; I honestly can’t imagine you need or want to see another gift guide, is really all it is.
If you’re like me, you feel like you’re getting it from every direction this time of year. It’s all presented in the context of being festive and fun and it is, mostly. But by the thirteenth such guide, it starts to feel like you’re being assaulted with retail and jolly chants of “buy, buy, buy!”
So this year I’ll be refraining from putting out a Live Simply gift guide not because I believe you shouldn’t find and give wonderful gifts, but because I feel like what the world needs at this moment isn’t another person adding to the noise. True, maybe that means I’ll miss out on the plentiful affiliate dollars that others posting guides will reap. But that in itself is hardly incentive enough for me. I would rather this remain a place where you can come to for calm, for a respite from the norm. This is Live Simply, after all.
I’m sorry if I’ll be disappointing some of you. I’m sorry if you were really counting on a “100 presents to buy your totally anal retentive mother-in-law.” You’ll just have to seek out a gift guide somewhere else. Not that you’ll have to, because you really can’t avoid them, no matter how hard you try.
Live Simply is all year round. And also during the holidays.