I love Christmas. We don't have many 'holidays' here in New Zealand so I make sure I enjoy everything about the festive season. I love the sparklies in the shops, the Christmas songs playing, the gorgeous foods and the extra attention people pay to each other in the way of gifts and Christmas cards or letters.
Like everyone else, I do have stressful moments, which is why I thought I'd share my idea for creating gifts for that not-so-easy-to-buy-for person. We've all got one or two of those!
Handmade cards. And before you write the idea off as an old one, I know that people have been giving sets of blank handmade cards for years. BUT how about this tip for going that leeeeeettle bit further.
Say - hypothetically just incase Mum is reading my blog - just say, that I want to buy my Mum a present but I have no idea what to give her. I could hypothetically, once again, incase my mother is reading my blog not watch X-Factor one night and whip up about a dozen cards. Handmade. Some boy ones, some girl ones, some my Grandmother would love, just a whole lot of not-too-tricky kinda cards.
But here is the cool bit. I find out friends and family's addresses that she might normally send to. I write them on envelopes, ready for her to choose a card, write a sentiment and pop it in. The COOLEST thing though is where the stamp goes - I write the date of the recipients birthday. I arrange them all nicely in a box in date order to be sent and my Mum would always be organised.
I know. Too easy. And something my Mum would truly appreciate. If this were her gift, that is.
(Supplies: All papers/layered chipboard/stickers etc from KaiserCraft Technologic range available March 2012)