When I speak to groups, I often tell them to ask for gifts that won’t create clutter. Older adults, who have spent their lives accumulating and are now looking at downsizing, especially don’t need more stuff.
“I sent my children and their families an invitation to a birthday party. On the invitation I included a “Birthday Wish List” that started with “Help With” and listed chores that I could use help with doing.” After the family members pitched in, they enjoyed a meal and birthday cake.
If family members don’t live close by, you still could create a list of things that need to be done and they could pay for someone else to do the work instead of buying you another trinket you don’t need.
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