Myself and my parents are really trying to downsize. We need to reduce our 'stuff' down to a caravan and so we have had one garage sale and planning another after Christmas. When planning and gathering things for each garage sale- we're realised how much "crap" we have. I work 8hrs a day, travel up to 1.5hrs a day, study 1.5hrs a day, and I see my son on average 3hrs a day and I look around and I ask myself- is it worth it? I work and miss out on that much time to buy, what, more toys, more crap? I have decided that next year and for each year from now on I will be buying experiences- maybe pay for the family to have a nice dinner out, go to a theme park together. Something hopefully we can look back on and remember happy times, laughter, squals of joy rather than 'things'. I totally get the no gift giving. I'm sick of being loaded up to the high hills with crap!