This year is likely to be a little different. We may/may not be able to be where we want to be this Christmas or celebrate with the people that we love. However, Christmas will always be special, and we have found lots of new ways of staying in contact with family and friends that do not live close by.
This year I wanted to focus not on the things outside our control but the things that we can control i.e. letting the special people in our lives know that we are thinking of them and showing our love and appreciation. This might be with a gesture of love or offering a thoughtful gift.
Here are my tips:
1. Gift list: When it comes to gift buying I am a big fan of planning ahead. I usually recommend that my clients write a gift list and set a budget. You can then start to write a list of ideas per each person. Ask for ideas from children, teenagers and any tricky people. Don’t forget to make your own Christmas Wishlist.
2. Sustainable/Experience Gifts: If you want to avoid a build-up of clutter consider sustainable/experience gift ideas. There are greater restrictions on attending events currently but many businesses are offering online memberships and workshops which might be a nice idea during these more restricted times.
Pampering treats, kits to learn a new skill, styling session or maybe a decluttering and organising voucher are also great ideas.
Gifting your time (maybe you can offer your time or skills that would be highly valued).
3. Buy Local: I think the lockdown period has shown even more how important our local businesses are to our community. Buying local supports your local businesses. Many local shops have also added home delivery or clock and collect options to support customers at this time.
4. Preloved Gifts: There are so many ways of purchasing second hand items that make unique gifts and extend the life of an item to an appreciative new home.
How are you feeling about Christmas this year?