This Christmas, think differently about gifting

Consider gifts to community, friends, strangers – and to yourself – that don’t come in the usual package.

Christmas is not only a season for giving, it is also a season for forgiving. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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For years, I bought into the commercialised Christmas gift-giving narrative. I shopped frantically for presents, not knowing if these would be appreciated, and received presents which I didn’t need.

I did lots of gift exchanges with friends from work. I religiously bought presents for friends and their children. All the jostling with crowds and frenzied shopping came to a screeching halt after one night where I spent three hours wrapping 30 presents for a party the next day.

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