Not Another Gift Guide

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Alternatively titled, another post in which I am a hypocrite.

Although I have done gift guides in the past I’m here to denounce them this year by making a statement that I may be shunned from the blogging world with: I hate gift guides.

They are mostly bullshit posts, similar to some (not all) of the link posts we see. They contribute almost nothing – I personally don’t think I’ve ever gotten gift ideas from gift guides.

I know that is a very bold and critical statement to make, especially given the fact that I’ve done them in the past, but I just feel so uninspired when I open a bloglovin app filled with, what I think are, essentially hidden wishlists and a want to peruse the web while calling it “research” for a blog post.

Gifts should be creative and thoughtful (take a cue from Nicole) and not plucked from what someone else on the web thinks you should buy.

Part of the fun of the holiday season is the hunt of finding the perfect gift, and having it handed to you in a blog post takes out some of the cheer of the season.

I know the arguments posed against me: gift guides help boost the christmas spirit, some people willingly search for guides, and guides get tons of views. And although I can recognize and accept that, I think the root of the problem perhaps lies with the way we do gift guides now, as opposed to maybe the idea in general.

As I click through the gift guides year after year, I see the same items – things that stores themselves are already proposing to be the best selling gifts of the season. Instead of falling prey to what companies want us to buy, shouldn’t we actually be looking for new unique options? Or citing what has worked in the past and made friends and family happy?

Generalization in blog posts is an easy way to attract more readers, but seeing some more specific picks – without giving away exactly what you are going to buy for friends – would be a fun way to provide a backing to an otherwise random assortment of products.

Also – why do we just plop down the graphic of the chosen gifts without any writing? I’m all for great graphics (and I know I’m often lacking in that area), but a picture of a notepad doesn’t necessarily speak to me. Can we please get some background on why you chose that beyond it just being cute?! Does it have a use? Is it a reasonable price? Would it be a good stocking stuffer? Secret santa gift?

And lastly, starting gift guide season off so early just goes to show how as a group of bloggers, we are so out of ideas and inspiration that we have to rush the holiday season. I’m all for starting early, but beginning right after Halloween is not necessary. Can we please as a group push for writing more meaningful posts that serve a purpose? Posting just to post is a horrible habit that I’ve observed more and more lately.

Long story short: I don’t want anyone to think this is a personal attack against them. But next time you want to publish a holiday themed post, think of writing something more personal, as opposed to feeding into the already exaggerated commercialization of the season.

(I know what you’re thinking: this girl is absent from blogging for weeks and now has the audacity to write this?! I know it’s crazy – but I try and speak my mind whenever possible.)

I was discussing this idea Nicole and she agreed (we are pretty much on the same wavelength about everything) so if you want to read more on this, head over to her blog (I’ll link to it here as soon as it’s up!).

xoxo, Jamie

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6 Responses to Not Another Gift Guide

  1. Kara says:

    Agreed! I’ve gotten so sick of seeing the “gift guides” that come out this time of year and ignore them. Admittedly, I’m not a blogger, so I can imagine how it would be a struggle to come up with original content all the time, and I can believe that there are some people who genuinely gain ideas/inspiration from these guides…but I feel like I’d rather see 1 or 2 guides per season with explanations for why each item was chosen rather than daily “gifts for the dog lover” and “gifts for the girly-girl who also likes sports” posts that are essentially just photo collages.

    I also appreciated your post on agendas–I love using my (one) agenda, but I’m starting to see through some of the mindless consumerism of bloggers who promote owning five $30+ agendas so that one have a separate place to keep track of school, blogging, extracurriculars, etc.

    Thank you for your honesty, and keep on writing original content. I love your blog.

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Kara this means to much to me!! I’m so glad you liked this post and I thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I truly appreciate it :) xoxo Jamie

  2. Nicole says:

    LOVE this post, Jamie!!! I’m glad we talked about this & agreed on basically everything. Its about time someone has come out and said what we’ve all been thinking ;) Love you and this post, as always XO, Nicole
    http://www.empirestyles.com

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Thank you so much Nicole!!! You are the best and I’m so glad we agreed on this subject matter and were able to collaborate! xoxo Jamie

  3. Lauren says:

    I really appreciated this post! While I myself fell prey to the holiday gift guides this year, I always try to make sure my posts have something more and actually useful to them than just photos and collages. Your post made me think more about why I blog, and it sure isn’t to get views or followers (although they are appreciated). Thanks for your insight Jamie!
    http://misslaurenalston.blogspot.com

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