This has been on my mind for awhile now, but the concept has been in my mind since the late 90's. I was thinking that I have spent a few thousand dollars on my cousins over the last two years on gifts and such, but they were and are still quite young and most often than not, don't quite have the mental and emotional capacity to appreciate certain things.
There are things like games and accessories for Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, and PSP that are bought, given, and then played, then after awhile, they stop using them and move on. For Brandon alone, I've bought over a dozen items for his GBA and DS in a period of under 20 months, then spent on another half a dozen things for his PSP in the last 9 months. At least the technology for the PSP will stay for another 2 or 3 years, but who knows when they young uns will stop playing their portables and move onto newer things?
Like myself, since the early 90's, I've tried to keep my assets to the basics. In the late 90's, that concept was 'proven' as I left my bedroom cleared of unnecessary objects like posters of half naked girls, toys, hobby stuffs, etc, etc. Basically, as little as possible - like how a traditional Japanese household would be like. However, since the fall of my company in the early millenia, I reopened myself and spilled my creativity and internal desires out externally, infecting my living environment. If you go to my room now, it's filled with so much crap. I clean out crap once every two months, but there are tons of stuff I am still unwilling to give up. Often, I wonder when I die, what would happen to all that stuff. The sentimental worry is that I collect all these things, but in the end, I don't get to bring them with me.
So I devised that maybe one of my end goals is to become wealthy enough to buy a castle of sorts, and leave one of the rooms there filled with my stuff. Think of a remembrance of what is left of who I was in that one room. Those who inherit such values and things will have the opportunity to experience a bit of what I experienced, read my journals, my diaries, these blogs, and my private offline locked diaries which I have to find a hard digital encoder for. Maybe I can put in my will that the contents of the room can't be removed unless the house burns down or something like that.
Anyway, with those thoughts out of the way, I was wondering whether I should spend less on my young cousins and more towards things they can use for the long term. That's probably one of the reasons why my eldest cousin Catherine (not the same as my co-worker) use to give my brother and I dictionaries and stationary for our birthdays and christmas. She figured that they were useful educational things and can benefit us in the long term. She did occasionally bring us to the theatre too and treat us at Mc D's and such. I remember we watched Carebears The Movie when it came out a long long long time ago.