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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Christmas list

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.




Here are some other suggestions and links for gifts that are slightly unique, one off or handmade. 

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. 

15 comments :

  1. I've just discovered Doops Design Jane - lovely stuff (just wish the frocks were a tince longer). Not a present made, bought or wrapped (obviously because there are none!) here yet. I don't get stressy about Christmas really - expectations are far too high these days. All buy, buy, buy which is a bit sad and not quite right imo. I do fret about the food bit though...x







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    1. You are tall Kylie...and I am very short! I agree, the buying can get crazy and the whole point can be lost. Good luck with the food, I am sure you will whip up something delicious for your crew x

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  2. such a " Busy Bee" Jane and well done with the Ginger bread Army !!! love that pic xx Ewe Beauty

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  3. You're so organised Jane! My gift list gets shorter every year and this year we decided as a family that instead of giving presents, we'd book a holiday house for a long weekend in the new year instead. There's a little hand made gift making going on quietly but just small things. Quite frankly, it's been a very liberating decision.

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    1. I am only partly organised Anne! No decorations yet but plenty of baking. The holiday house is a great idea that I would happily embrace. But, I think our children might still be looking for presents on Christmas morning. Perhaps when they are older we might move towards something like your idea.

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  4. apricots already! ours won't be ready for a little while yet ...
    we don't do presents and like anne above says, it's very liberating. we focus on family and food without the commercialism!
    have a lovey christmas, jane, i hope the weather is fine XX

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    1. Thanks e, nice to hear from you. I think we try to keep the commercialism to a minimum, but as I said to Anne it is tricky to completely omit the gift giving with young children. Instead, we try to focus on quality rather than plastic, tinsel covered quantity and of course, delicious food. Merry Christmas to you and thank you for your constant support. Jane x

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  5. Lovely Jane! What great suggestions, but of course, your homebaked gifts are always the best! :) Have a lovely festive season, dearheart! xxx

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    1. Bless you Celia, thank you for calling in x

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  6. All gorgeous gifts. I will order flowers today for family far away and have always loved giving magazine subscriptions. They're the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane