I posted recently about how I didn’t want anything from my birthday and had to tell friends and family not to buy any gifts.
Do you think it worked? No. They ignored my request for no present, but my droning on about not needing random things that I won’t use has obviously filter into my loved ones’ psyche as every gift I got was either practical or something I needed.
You can see from the pictures I received;
Lonely Planet travel guide to Japan for our upcoming trip – extremely practical.
A woollen scarf – I lost mine and hadn’t yet replaced it.
A flask – allows me to bring my own coffee to places instead of spending money.
Lovely soap – which is chemical free, smells great and will be used.
A candle – smells great and is being used.
A ‘White Lies’ notebook – admittedly I have lots of notebooks but this is a nice, streamlined one that fits into my handbag.
Another scarf – this is from Frank (the one person who I wasn’t expecting to get me a gift) but I love it and have already worn it.
It’s so lovely that my friends and family know me well enough that they’ve purchased gifts that they know I would love rather than stuff I don’t need.
And it’s also great to know that my slowly-slowly approach of introducing minimalism and consuming less is actually working.