Today I ventured out to a major shopping centre… 2 days before Christmas. I’d liken it to a chip throwing festival on a beach of seagulls, utter pandemonium.
For instance, when I walk, I like to just get into a nice stride, really step it out, you know? I like to get to my destination via the shortest route. Instead I did a strange sort of forward waltz weaving in and out of people. Each person trying to find a path through the madness. Why do you do it people? Why are you leaving everything to the last minute? I try my best to get all my Christmas shopping done early so that I don’t have to spend the lead up to Christmas driving around a car park desperately stalking people and searching for a mythical space. Or fighting my way around the shops grabbing any old thing that will do. Surely Mum would love a vegetable spiralizer, right?
You may wonder what I was doing there myself, if not joining in the madness. Well we thought we’d take the kids out for a treat to their first ever gold class movie. It actually wasn’t too bad, we caught the train to the shops to avoid parking nightmares, then wandered slowly to the cinema, and went into the calm that is gold class. (oddly it smelt a bit funny) Anyway, smells aside, we over indulged on food that is way too expensive for what it actually is, whilst watching a film franchise I no longer care about anymore. (think ‘a galaxy far far away’)
But, I digress. I think people would find Christmas (and pending birthdays) a whole lot less stressful if you’d just put some effort towards early planning. The best thing is that now we have the internet, you can find amazing things almost instantly, and you don’t have to go searching in the shops. I have a page of notes on my smartphone where I detail things I see throughout the year that might appeal to family and friends. If my partner mentions at a point in time that he likes a particular thing, I will log it, so I can come back to it later. I put links to things I’ve seen that may make a good present in the future. It makes gift buying so much easier, and the success rate, of actually giving a gift that is a delight, much higher.
It may be too late for me to help you now, but perhaps I can help you out for the future. So here are my tips for…
Christmas 2018 (yeah get a head start!)
There are 3 great websites I go to when I want something just a little bit different. There will always be something here that you’ve just not seen before and didn’t know you had to have.
And just to really spell it out for the hopeless at shopping, here are some gift ideas that I’m sure someone in your life would love…
Hair tie bracelet – what an amazing idea. I’m always carrying emergency hair ties on my wrist, but they look a bit daggy, and sometimes they’re quite tight. Who knew this bracelet was something I needed.
Or for a nerdy type gift that equally suits a baker, homemaker or that mathematician in your life – a pie plate. Note they also have a matching pie dish! (For non-nerds the formula equates to ‘i 8 sum pi’)
Everyone loves hedgehogs, how about this guy.
With more and more people living in apartment blocks with balconies, this is the perfect small space bbq. Just careful not to knock your snags over the edge!
Quirky Art Print from Etsy perhaps? Are sloths your thing? Or a more whimsical picture containing a reluctant snorg? Who wouldn’t want this fella on their wall? Or Bill, there’s a special place for Bill in all our hearts isn’t there?
If jewellery is the thing your special person loves, then check out the french jeweller Nach who make porcelain jewellery. I’m loving the animal creole earrings where little animals and birds sit in gold hoops.
Or if you’re a cashed up risk taker and confident you’d choose correctly, John Fluevog shoes are amazingly different.
Not that I find myself often in need of a compass (or a sundial for that matter), but I do think these keepsakes are quite beautiful.
And finally, maybe a gift that isn’t a gift for anyone in particular, but instead one that benefits others.
So Merry Christmas everyone, have a great one. Hopefully you don’t need to spend too much more time at the shops. Just sit and chill, eat a mince pie, and hang out with some friends. Remember to smile and be pleasantly surprised when you unwrap your gift and see it is a vegie spiralizer! You needed it, you just never knew you did!