Making Christmas lists when we were little was so simple! Put down the latest Barbie, a new outfit for Samantha, the American Girl Doll we got for our birthday, and maybe a request for a few new glitter lotions from Bath and Body Works. Now as a twenty-something, I have such a hard time making my Christmas list.
What I actually want to tell my family and friends is that I would love from them to make my heating bill shrink immensely and dinner magically to appear on the table when I get home from a long day of classes and work. What do you ask for when you actually don’t need anything tangible?
When I asked a few twenty-somethings what they are putting on their Christmas lists this year, here’s what they came up with; some that can be bought with money, some not!
Ashley 23, Maryland- “I’m asking for a membership to a yoga or dance studio for Christmas. It is something I probably won’t pay for by myself, but I really want to do it. Plus, I know I will follow through and be more motivated if I know it is a gift! “
Emily 21, Ohio- “Basically the entire Crate &Barrel catalog is on my Christmas list. I desperately need household items, like dishes, a crockpot, and various pieces of furniture. I really want to make sure I have the essentials before I move out on my own for real. While I am living in a house this year, it helped having roommates to gather what we needed. Now it is just me!”
Ashleigh 21, Michigan- “Let’s be honest here; I want a beautiful man for Christmas!”
Julia 22, Ohio- “At the top of my list is a gift card to Ann Taylor. I have found that I own nothing but jeans and casual clothes, and I need professional clothing to wear to interviews and when working at the clinic.”
Rachel, 20, Ohio- “As I get older, I realize that there is almost nothing that I need, so my shopping is purely desire based. I really just want a happy Christmas holiday at home. Being in college, I spend limited time at home. With my mom moving from my childhood home, I wish this year, more than ever, that the craziness and packing will not keep my family from enjoying the holidays and that we can soak in the last moments of our home.”
Justine Daley is a writer, Zumba enthusiast, and a senior at Miami University.