As Christmas edges ever closer, the need to rush around preparing for the big day heightens to fever pitch. Yet, as each year passes, it seems that by a certain point gifts crop up again and again in a seeming cycle of replicated presents. How many candles, or perfumes, or sets of body lotions and potions can one person receive in a lifetime? Stood in front of a row full of such items, you find yourself asking that question. However, budgets don’t always lend themselves to the weird and the wonderful, all in the name of “different”, so what can be given this year that doesn’t leave our purses crying out from resultant emptiness?
The obvious answer lies in getting crafty (pun intended) and making presents. Unless you’ve tried, you really don’t know whether or not you’ve got that creative streak in you. It could be knitting or embroidery (think scarves and cushions), pottery or photography (a vase or framed reminder of a shared precious moment), even a knack with homemade jams and chutneys (adorn those jars with seasonal ribbons) – as long as it’s packaged prettily, a gift made from your personal time and effort (not to mention a sprinkling of love) is always appreciated. Further, your homemade gift certainly won’t be found in stores. If the gift is intended for someone outside of your immediate family, your children can get involved and make it a group-formed present, as well.
Due to the sentiment, these sorts of presents aren’t sneered at, but rather are more meaningful. Of course, the term “homemade” also lends itself to utilizing a different wrapping. For instance, instead of over-spending on expensive wrapping paper (negating the purpose of getting creative in the first place), throughout the year make it a habit to keep back that cardboard-colored packing paper that protects items in boxed parcels, as this can be ironed flat and stamped with decorative, seasonally-apt designs (reindeer, snowmen, even penguins) and used in lieu of extortionate store-bought paper, then tied round with ribbons of whichever color you so choose.
Think Outside the Box
What to get the person who seemingly has everything, though? Their shelves could be overflowing with jars of jams and chutneys, their walls might offer no further space for hanging pictures, and their wardrobe might be full of last year’s unworn presents – so what to gift those people with? Well, you could sponsor a favored wild animal in their name, presenting them with a photograph of the animal and a certificate in their name or, thinking even broader, you could look into how to buy a star with Star Registration. Whether singular, or even a constellation, that’s certainly an unusual, stellar choice on a cosmic level. Speaking of stars, an accompanying gift might be themed on the zodiac and horoscopes, which will add a unique touch. How about a set of tarot cards, for instance? Wrap accompanying gifts as described, and 2017’s gift might very well be the present they remember the most.