‘The mood is right, the spirits up, we’re here tonight, and that’s enough. Simply having a wonderful Christmas time. Simply having a wonderful Christmas time. The party’s on, the feeling’s here, that only comes, this time of year. Simply having a wonderful Christmas time’.
Okay I’ll stop now, but I just love a good Christmas carol. So much so that after an amazing evening at Kylie Minogue’s Christmas concert at the Royal Albert Hall last night, friends and I continued on to a pub where we played ‘What’s your favourite Christmas song’ in which you had to sing it to the group. Ha! Let’s just say we were having a lot more fun than most in that pub.
Maybe I’m feeling extremely festive thanks to the fact my Christmas shopping is ALMOST DONE! Hooray! Everyone’s approach to giving at Christmas is different, but I like to find just the right gift to suit the person, but sometimes that can be tough to do, and I find myself walking from department store to department store along Oxford Street, whilst slowly losing the will to live.
If you’re still tearing your hair out and really not sure what to get someone, my suggestion is to have a theme to your gifts. One of my friends is getting a ‘Winter’ themed bunch of pressies – think cosy socks, mulled wine sachets, a winter scented candle, a trashy Christmas themed novel, the list goes on.
My god daughter is receiving a ‘Penguin’ themed gift pack, with a book, penguin pj’s, sweets and the cutest penguin toy by a Fair-trade company called Amica.
For smaller gifts, I’ve made my own candles, yes that’s correct, made them. Now I don’t expect you to all jump for joy at that idea, but I’m a craft nerd from way back! Winter scented candles with little bags of mulled wine sachets tied on with string, make the cutest gifts.
If you’re in London and looking to pick up stocking fillers then head to Dutch store Hema. It’s a-maz-ing for fun little gifts. My nieces and nephews are all receiving mall vouchers this year to shop for themselves, but I wanted to jazz up their gifts a little, and when an invitation popped into my inbox to attend the new Hema store in Euston Station, I gladly went along, filling my basket with gorgeous wrapping paper and chocolate letters. I’ve wrapped up a chocolate letter for each of the kids and popped inside some Christmas bags, with a little card to slot the mall voucher in.
See Christmas is easy with a little imagination and some good wrapping paper right?! I hope these ideas help inspire you if you’re feeling stuck!
Happy Christmas shopping everyone x