Christmas is only weeks away. The decorations have been in the shops since September. Christmas music is beginning to be played and the adverts have well and truly arrived.
I am organised this year. I've got my family prezzies sorted, thinking about mango flan for brunch, cards ready to be written, ...
I have conducted a bit of a survey with some of my friends, asking them what makes a great gift to receive and to give. I have also, in the name of research, browsed through a number of beautiful homeware and gift shops...
Just a note before we start: If you are finding it hard to think of gifts, consider the recipients personality, hobbies, interests. That should give you some cues.
If not, here are some suggestions from our brainstorming:
* Leather gardening gloves, secateurs, packet of seeds.
* Scented soap for gardeners and nail brush.
* Potted plant or herb / veg garden box; collection of seeds & twine.
* Plant label tags come in all sorts of designs: ceramic, chalk board, wood, etc...
* Picnic rug or outdoor cushions.
* Garden spike or decoration.
* Ready to bake jar (dry ingredients are layered in an airtight glass jar with recipe written out and attached).
* Hamper of home made goodies or speciality products.
* Voucher for a home cooked meal (by yourself) or a dinner invitation.
* Cooking magazine with the key ingredients for one of the recipes or a plate of your famous baking.
* Recipe journal would be great for someone who loves to collect recipes.
* A beautiful china tea / coffee mug or Scrabble letter mug with some favourite chocolates, shortbreads, tea / coffee bags inside.
- Leanne favours anything in a jar (I loved her Brownie 'Ready to bake jar' as a gift for my 40th!)
- Cathy enjoys receiving a container of home baking to feed her hungry tribe.
- Helen bottles up her home-made lemonade and shortbread biscuits.
* Photo / picture frame. Write what their friendship means to you, or a favourite memory, and centre within the frame.
* Leather bound notebook / journal with a beautiful pen.
* Calendar or diary. My grandmother always bought my Dad his work diary. It was her little tradition.
* Aromatherapy set in favourite fragrance.
* Manicure set that would fit inside a handbag / satchel and nail polish (clear or colour/ nail art).
* Jewellery - bracelet, brooch, earrings, necklace, charm. There are plenty of websites that showcase unique handmade pieces, such as Etsy. I like to pick up business cards of craft people whose work I love so I can contact them later on.
* Purses, wallets and coin purses range from the classic to the funky.
- Carole likes to give a pretty soap that smells beautiful. They can be used or stored in drawers or linen cupboards.
- Natalie has collected gift ideas on her Pinterest board to consider over the last couple of months.
- Melissa likes to give gifts that she knows people will appreciate receiving and tends to buy during the year. Her backup gift is movie tickets and a bag of lollies.
- Cathy enjoys making her own gifts according to the person's age, sex and interests. Her examples included aprons, clothes, hats, i-pod covers, food & lollies.
* USB sticks or a USB power strip (as in photo).
* iphone covers or laptop sleeves.
* Digital wine thermometer for someone who enjoys their wine at the right temperature.
* Pot purri sachets (eg lavender, rose, cloves, basil, bay leaves, etc...), draw liners or a bundle of cinnamon sticks tied with a pretty ribbon.
* Cotton or silk boxer shorts / loose pj's.
* Beauty case or jewellery bag.
* Scarf or belt hanger.
* Scarf in the recipients natural colouring.
* Lingere bags can be used to store all sorts of things - scarves, delicate knickers, pantyhose, slips & camisoles, panty-liners, cotton balls, etc...
Here are a couple of websites that I have found useful to gain ideas:
Have fun working out your present list and don't forget to get something for yourself!