giving and receiving : christmas wishlist

I am not one of those people who dreads buying Christmas gifts each year. In fact, I love it so much, I’ve been done with my Christmas shopping since last week. I was so excited to get started that the speed at which I shopped was kind of an accident.

I love the search for that perfect gift – something unique or practical or most importantly, personal. I even love wrapping presents and am not hesitant to help those who hate the task, which surprising to me, seems to be most people. I on the other hand am ALL ABOUT sitting by candlelight and listening to Christmas music while I tie packages with string and write name tags.

I understand that some people don’t like Christmas shopping because they’re revolted by the consumerism of the holiday season. And even though there is some truth to that – that this season shouldn’t be about the presents and buying buying buying, why can’t gifting be a small part of it? If you have the means to do so, I think it’s a special time to give tokens of appreciation and let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them.

If you’re still not on board, there are many charitable organizations you could direct your money towards instead. This year I have donated to a food drive, Planned Parenthood, and United Way, as well as made a more personalized donation to a student in need of a wheelchair (if you’d like to help, shoot me a line through the “Contact” page). Here is a great guide to get started (plus gifts that give back).


I’m not going to lie and say I don’t like receiving gifts either. I just can’t seem to let go of my precious childhood days of receiving the JCPenney Christmas catalog in the mail – you know that huge block that probably weighed ten pounds (RIP) – and circling all the toys I wanted before writing them in my letter to Santa (in full disclosure, I was a BIG believer in Santa and held onto him for way longer than was probably healthy). Nothing felt more exciting than running down the stairs Christmas morning, as my sister and I would stay up all night and by 4:30 am beg our parents to wake up. It was magical, and I’m so grateful for these memories.

In the spirit of not letting my childhood fantasies die, I thought I’d share my grown-up Christmas list – this time linking, instead of circling, my items on the internet (it is of course 2016).

These shoes in burgundy.

This carry-on suitcase in black.

A silk pillowcase – to help reduce wrinkles.

A Nespresso – to help my latte addiction.

Because we live with a dog that doesn’t stop shedding.

Waiting for this sweatshirt to come back in stock. I NEED IT RIGHT?!

Words of encouragement to add to my collection.

These new Chucks (in Terra Cotta)- because my 10 year old pair have holes, and these are waterproof!

This impractical but gorgeous dress I’ve been lusting after.

If I was going to be real luxurious and try to treat my hereditary under-eye circles.

The holy grail.

P.S. I fully understand these things aren’t cheap, which is why they’re on my wish list.


What’s on your list this year? Do you have an organization you donate to, or a charity you serve this time of year?

You can also check out my Christmas bucket list and a Disney Christmas.

-wonderland sam

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7 thoughts on “giving and receiving : christmas wishlist

  1. I enjoyed reading this post. I am the same way – I love gifting. But I am that way throughout the year also. If I am out shopping and see something I know someone would love or could use, I get it for them just because.
    The only things I have on my Christmas list this year are baking tools lol 🙂

    1. Yes! I often pick things up while I’m traveling – even months and months before Christmas. Sometimes you find that gift that’s too perfect to pass up. 😉 Hope you get those baking tools you wish for!

  2. I love wrapping up presents too! I lay out everything on the floor and put on a Christmas movie or a Christmas episode of a tv show and get to it. I do my Grandad’s wrapping too since his fingers don’t work too well.
    I like to donate to the local food back at this time of year, making sure to include a box of Christmas cookies or something, as well as basic food.

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