So I would like to show you my Christmas gift I got from my beloved hubby.
It’s a Van Cleef & Arpels “Sweet Alhambra” necklace. Something I have been looking at for a very long time and are super blessed to now wear daily around my neck.
I say Christmas gift from Garth but it’s also a Christmas gift from Ace, an anniversary gift, a valentines gift and a bit of a push present. It’s a 5-in-1 gift!
I love this, let me explain why.
Yes, a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace is an expensive thing to receive. And it’s quite the indulgence. However if I would have got separate gifts for all of these occasions and added up the value of all of them, it would probably have been pretty close.
So instead of getting 5 things that probably would have been lovely, I got something that I absolutely adore, have been wanting for a VERY long time and will use every day for many many years to come.
It really ties in well with my one-item-a-month philosophy. Instead of 5 new items, I now have one. It’s a lot more sustainable to get someone one amazing thing, than several nice things.
I would love to take this idea further and will do my best to try to get a few friends together to buy one bigger gift than separate ones for birthdays. It takes away a lot of the guessing when buying gifts, and only one of us will have to go out to get it. win-win-win!
I could also wish for the bigger things myself and ask my family to pool together. Sure it’s not the most surprising way of receiving gifts. But if I truly would want to be surprised I could always ask them to get me something pre-loved or from their own home that they don’t use anymore. That would be another sustainable way of gift-giving.
What do you think of the 5-in-1 gift idea and do you have any other suggestions of sustainable gifting?
You can find the yellow gold version of my necklace pre-loved here. (adlink)