It’s officially Christmas season. Well, that’s the case in our house now that we’re done and dusted with the 16th birthday celebrations.
The tree can go up and the decorations too.
Mr SY is quite particular about the tree and what can go on it. Miss SY has served and passed an apprenticeship by his side for the past 10 years so was visibly horrified at my suggestion that a little neon wouldn’t go astray on the tree this year.
The look on her face? Priceless.
I was, of course, joking.
There is method in my madness for keeping well away from any tree decorating discussions. It means that I do not have to wrangle the tangled lights or tinsel. I can watch from afar, glass of wine in hand.
BTW, is tinsel SO LAST YEAR? Or is it so last decade that it’s now considered hipster? I can’t keep up. Please share your tinsel-y thoughts.
On to the tips and the gift ideas … I know why you’re here 😉
Gift giving tip #13
Never underestimate the power of the stash of standby gifts. Never. Standby gifts in a well-stocked present cupboard are meant to help you through those awkward situations where someone who you thought never in a million years would give you a gift, does so. On Christmas Eve. After the shops have shut. Wine is a very good option here because should said surprise gifting not occur, you can gift yourself. Making it the gift cupboard that keeps on gifting.
Gift giving tip #14
Don’t be afraid to include the receipt with your gift, particularly if you are buying for someone outside of your home. I picked up this one from a few mums at kids’ birthday parties over the years. Folded and sticky taped inside the card was the receipt – there in case we already had six of those same Lego sets – and could easily exchange for something else.
Gift giving tip #15
If you’re planning to do your gift buying via online, whip out your credit or debit card and get cracking. Many online stores will have a guaranteed delivery cut-off within the next week or so.
15 more fave Christmas gifts
Here are 15 more of my favourite 2012 Christmas gifts available right now. Click on the caption below each image for a link for more info and to buy.
See anything that you like?
PS. Pip over at Meet Me at Mike’s featured my very much dream Christmas wishlist this week.