create a sensible christmas list
It’s probably not at all sensible for me to discuss Christmas but bear with me, it’s for good reason.
You see, there’s a lot to be said for considered gift giving and receiving. And if you’re anything like me, you covet many things throughout the year but when it comes time to share your gift ideas with your family, you’re at a loss for what to ask for.
There is also the significant chance that, when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones, you have the pressure of a Christmas deadline mixed with the overwhelm of commercials, catalogues and hectic shopping centres; it’s not an inspiring situation, nor does it induce thoughtful buying or spending.
This year, however, is a little different. Sure, I’ll be displaying a good waddle in the lead up to Christmas but greater than my desire to be organised is my intention to buy gifts with thought and consideration. I don’t want to feel rushed or obliged. I want to gift meaningful presents that I know will be loved and used. With this in mind, I have been keeping a list and I add to it whenever an idea strikes. As a result, I know what every family member is receiving for Christmas and yes, I’ve already purchased quite a few items. Like most, I’m on a budget, so I find that buying months in advance saves me from nonchalant spending in the mad rush before the big day.
Whilst it won’t be to everyone’s liking (and that’s absolutely fine) I’m in the midst of collating a few gift guides to feature here throughout November. Many of the products I already own (or have on my wish list) and yes, most embrace the qualities I look for when I’m buying gifts. I hope you’ll find them useful!
Have you dared to think about Christmas yet? Are you a list-maker or do you purchase on a whim?
PS. a little rhyme that I have used over the years: something I want, something I need, something to wear, something to read.