OPINION: Is gift-giving always necessary at Christmas?

CHRISTMAS is the time for giving - which means for many of us, it's also the time for panic-induced poor decisions at the shops.

As shown by Wednesday's page 4 story, most children know exactly what they want, and can give Santa a list they have probably been working on since October.

However nearly every adult I know struggled to name even one material item they truly desired this festive season.

The Wide Bay region might not be one of Australia's wealthiest, but it seems a large proportion of people manage to buy for themselves any relatively inexpensive trinket they desire - leaving most of us fresh out of ideas when it comes to gift requests.

At least half the people I've asked said they would prefer no presents at all.

For some reason that seems to be sacrilegious for many families, leading to well-intentioned gifts that are unwanted and (as one colleague admitted today) just shoved in a cupboard until next year, when they are thrown in the bin.

What a waste. If it's the thought that counts, then why do we ignore people when they tell us they want nothing?

Next year, I think I will avoid buying adults anything at all, and leave Christmas treats just for the children.

Are you an adult who doesn't want anything this Christmas? Have your say and join the conversation below. 



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