Charles Hugh Smith writes:
"It's time we freed ourselves from needless stuff, needless calories, needless spending, needless guilt and needless derangement.
"My Mom, bless her heart, drove a stake through the guilt-ridden, retail-riot needless-gift Christmas madness: "Let's not exchange gifts this year--none of us need more stuff or calories." Done! We are having a gift-free party, where the "gifts" will be the experience of conviviality and the memories.
"No matter how "small" the gifts may be, the guilt-soaked onus to buy something, anything for everyone in the family/enterprise is deranging. What most households need is not more stuff but someone to haul stuff away.
"Is Anybody Else Tired of Buying and Owning Stuff? (September 7, 2012). The real gift to loved ones would be freeing them of stuff they no longer use.
"We as a nation are awash in stuff. Dumpsters are crammed with perfectly good food (an estimated 40% of food in America is thrown out), perfectly good electronics, still usable furniture, and on and on. ..."