Hello friends. How is your Christmas shopping progressing? Are you completely organised or completely bewildered with the whole thing? Here are a few tips and ideas that help me each year.
When it comes to gift giving our list has been whittled down over the years. We only buy for immediate family and special friends and we try to keep the whole thing fairly low key. I believe in quality over quantity and try to shop locally when I can. In saying that, online shopping is also my friend at this time of the year.
Homemade gifts are still my favourite and this year I will be baking, assembling and packaging biscuits, mini gingerbread houses and dried apricots and figs.
Although most of my family live in remote areas far from delivery services, for those who do live in urban areas a flower delivery is a surprising gift that can become part of the recipient’s festive décor. The bonus is that fresh flowers don’t need cupboard space after Christmas. My favourites are East End Flower Market and Flowers By Alice if you happen to live in Adelaide.
Many people in my life work with dogs, horses, motorbikes, light aircraft or all of the above. There are many options for accessories in these areas and hard-wearing leather and saddlery goods are a timeless gift. Two favourites are Kent Saddlery and a.l.lcreations for custom made belts.
For clothes and homewares why wouldn’t you choose an Australian designer? Doops Designs are a new favourite of mine. All screen printed items are original designs, hand drawn and hand printed using eco-friendly water based inks that are 100% solvent free. Just good stuff.
Magazine subscriptions to any of these three independent publications would be welcomed by most of the girls and ladies in my life: Far West Living, Graziher or Lunch Lady .
I hope some of these links might help or inspire you.
Now, back to the gingerbread men, figs and apricot chaos in my kitchen.