With the annual descent of tinsel and baubles growing ever more present, it’s the time of year that we have to think up a million and one ideas for gifts. For me, I love buying things that are a little bit different; my usual stance is something personal, rather than something generic or materialistic… Easier said than done sometimes!
With the festive period in mind, I thought I would put together a list of things, in the hope it might inspire you if you are feeling a little bit stuck. I realise there are a million and one posts about print ideas at this time of year, but the more there are, the more ideas you’ll get to choose from!
Sometimes, people genuinely don’t need anything. Christmas is very materialistic, and directly aimed at consumers. Of course, it’s lovely to get a gift, but sometimes, people might prefer to take a moment to consider what Christmas is all about. One year, I was bought a bag of grain for a family in Africa, which I loved. With so much poverty in Britain, and around the world, food bank donations can always be well received. Even if you don’t do it as a gift, Christmas can be a perfect time to give back and pay it forward. My favourite is local and very personal to me; take the time this Christmas to donate to a cause dear to you or a loved one.
A necklace from Topshop or earrings from River Island are all well and good, and make a great gift for a jewellery lover, but sometimes, it can be a bit generic. It’s worth scouting around online to find something unique and eye-catching. One of my favourite sellers is actually an eBay business. Flutterface make some absolutely beautiful jewellery, from Alice in Wonderland themed to Rockabilly designs – there is something for everyone, male or female. (They’ve even got something for the grinch in your life…) I’ve bought from here on several occasions and never been disappointed! Have a scout around on eBay and Etsy, you’ll find some absolute gems!
Personalised and pretty
Buying chocolate or the latest fad is all well and good, but with the surge of the internet, it has never been easier to create something truly personalised. I love designing photo calendars for my family, filled with all the ridiculous pictures we have taken that year. I have done this for several years and it never fails to bring a smile to my parents face. If a calendar isn’t your number one idea, then you could always order some lovely prints online, on gloss or matt paper, which you could frame, or put into an album for your intended.
Alternatively, if you’re not one for photos, you could grab something personalised elsewhere. There’s been a surge of prints for sale; I’ve seen them online and in stores around my home town. Some of the best ones I’ve seen have been created by Sweetlove Press, available at both Etsy and Not On The Highstreet. There’s loads of ways you can buy these designs; immediate at-home printables, professional prints, cushions, tote bags… There’s such a wide range of designs that you’re bound to find something for that special person in your life (and probably yourself along the way!) They might be a great idea for someone who’s just moved house and needs to put their own stamp on it. Buy them something they will see every day; something that will make them smile!
One thing I’ve done since I was a kid, is produce poems for the people I love. There’s little better, in my opinion, than a well or badly written piece of text from the heart. Fill out a Christmas card with your innermost thoughts, write a poem, create a story… There’s nothing better than hearing something that’s come from the heart.
I doubt this is going to revolutionise the world of Christmas shopping, but if you take anything away from this, then my work here is done.
And remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!