Hello everyone. Can you believe it is November already? This year has just flown in, I feel like it has passed by so quickly. It is almost Christmas and thinking of what gifts I will be giving and I want zero plastic at all. Christmas has become so commercialised that’s sometimes we lose sight of what is important.
For me Christmas is time to take a break from working all of the time and have some chill out time. It is time to spend with the people I love and eat lovely food and drink lovely drinks. No stress, just good times with great people.
There can be so much pressure for people to spend lots of money and buy heaps of presents at Christmas. Let’s face it we all end up with things that we don’t need and wont use at times. It’s not that we are ungrateful, its just that some gifts may not suit everyone. Today I wanted to give you guys some great suggestion of gifts you can give that you don’t have to buy that can be amazing and thoughtful! I’m not saying don’t buy gifts (if you do make them sustainable), but here are some extras you can also give!
If you have friends with kids then why not give them a voucher to look after them while your friends have a night off. This can be such a wonderful gift and you get to spend time with their wee ones!
An I Owe You to Tidy a Room or do a Chore
My lovely fiancé has lived with me in my flat for almost 5 years and he has cleaned the bathroom once. I clean it every week and I would honestly love for him to do it a bit more. It sounds silly but it would be a great Christmas gift for him to do it for me instead.
I love handmade gifts, they are so thoughtful and amazing. Home baked cookies, home brewed beer, a cross stitched gift. Anything that you make that you think your friends and family will love will be amazing!
The Gift of Time
Just spending time with family or friends you don’t see often is priceless. I work so much, I have always been that way. I have worked for myself for 10 years and my business always come as first priority. I love it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. At Christmas time I love to take some time off and relax and be with the people who are important to me. Visit your grandparents, spend time with an old friend, go and see someone you don’t often get to spend time with and just enjoy it!
A Voucher for a Massage
Last week I took a day completely off work to go for a massage. I had planned a full chill out day around this and promised myself I wouldn’t do any work emails. In the morning when I was at the park with lady pup I got a call to say my massage was cancelled. I was so disappointed as my back was so sore and I had really been looking forward to it. When Jon came home he gave me a back massage and it totally cheered me up and fixed my sore shoulders.
Setting a Date
So this one may cost you money one day but it doesn’t have to be a lot. Instead of a physical gift you can plan a date for the future. Life can be so busy that quite often we forget to take time for our self and the people we love. Be it a picknick in the park, a trip to the cinema or a meal out. Plan to do something with your partner or friend. You can even buy them a voucher or do a DIY one to let them know where and when.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog and it has. inspired you to give some alternative gifts this Christmas. It’s not all about flashing the cash, spending time with people when possible can be better
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