End of a year means festive season, celebration and… buying presents.
Shops are opened 7 days a week and nowadays it is possible to browse 24/7, thanks to technology at our fingertips.
Black Friday has become a hectic time for shoppers, retailers and delivery drivers. It is like a craze to get that something special everyone is after and once back home no one is really satisfied with their newly bought items. It is a bit like a compulsive buying day, which creates more stress and tension between people who are ready to physically fight to get their hands on a particular product.
A Christmas present doesn’t need to be huge and expensive. We are not going to explain the “less is more” again!
People are way too materialistic. It is as if getting a parcel to open was mandatory. But who said so?
For the time being and despite the availability of e-vouchers – which can be a safe buy – family members seem to be obsessed by rushing to High Street stores in order to bring back something from a well known brand! After all it is just a name on a product, but it doesn’t mean to be better than a generic and non-branded gift.
No need to mention, that the price tag won’t be attached to the box.
At a radio programme, it was even reported than Kindle owners are now leaving their devices to go back to real books, as they are missing that unique contact with the paper, which brings a sense of ownership.
Now, 30th November 2015 it is all about Cyber Monday and everything can stop!
Shop til you drop? Why and what for? We mustn’t forget the mighty Boxing Day where people will queue outside shops from 5am to get THAT bargain. It is as if there must be an opulence of gifts and food… as well as waste. Because who can eat and drink that much?!
One day or another, people may realize that all this marketing machine made them purchase things they didn’t really need or want but it was so cheap!
My neighbour recalls the following situation:
“A few years back I spent hours looking for a present for my niece. Eventually, I found a book all in Japanese – as this is what she was studying/learning. It looked very unique and special. But, when my sister decided to reveal her daughter’s present, that book what worth nothing… a new laptop was unwrapped and my poor book was never looked at again…”
It is maybe important and essential to go back to real values and enjoy basic things in life.
A few years back students wanted to take a year off to travel the world but mainly to explore and discover Thailand and Australia. What about their own country? More affordable, not that far and still so many things to discover!
Holidays can be close from home and nevertheless a real adventure. What we need as the song said: “the sky, the sun and the sea“.
Of course, there is also the fashion factor; it is maybe not perceived as trendy and cool to go to a nearby holiday park?! But without a doubt staycations are the thing of the 21st century. A real change of directions and the demand is growing!
“…The number of foreign trips Britons take is 16pc lower than it was before the recession, according to data from Visit England, the country’s national tourist board, while holidays in England jumped by 12pc between 2008 and 2013.
Short trips are the fastest growing area of domestic vacations, with 29.6m one- to three-day holidays taken in England in 2013, a 17pc increase on 2008…” – Source
What counts is not what others are doing but what you want to do. Life can be simple – don’t make it difficult.