Blogmas | Day 21

Christmas is four days away. FOUR DAYS! I can’t believe how fast December has gone! Now, everyone is panic buying the last of their Christmas shopping, including me. I know I say this every year, but next year I’m going to start my Christmas shopping in September!

Sometimes, you just don’t have the time, money or energy to go out and get the biggest and best presents out there. Sometimes, people don’t actually want all that stuff. I prefer to buy thoughtful presents and gifts that mean something to my friends and family.

This year, I’ll admit, I haven’t been in the ‘Christmas Spirit’. My boyfriend is away, my Grandma died in August (so I’m not really looking forward to our first Christmas without her) and I have no money.

So, what last-minute Gifts can we buy or create?

Hamper |  Hampers are a great gift to get someone. I’ve done this a few times for friends and family and it’s probably one of the most enjoyable things to do. Price wise, it can be as cheap or as expensive you want it to be. I tend to do hampers that relate to the person and buy little gifts that they’ll like, to fill the hamper with. Food hampers are also great. Especially for people with children.

Sweetie Mugs | This is a simple yet effective gift idea. Buy a cute looking mug and fill it with chocolate, sweets or beauty products that the recipient will like. You can then wrap the mug up in cellophane or pop it into a gift bag.

Photo Gifts | Photo gifts are something that people can treasure. Whether it’s a framed photograph, a photo on a mug, a photo on a phone case or a calendar. People love them. Especially parents and grandparents.

 Homemade Treats | If you can’t really afford much this Christmas or you don’t fancy leaving the house and joining in with the last-minute shoppers, then baking and creating some homemade treats at home can be a nice gift idea. Cookies, Cake Pops, Pie’s, even Mince Pies. Get yourself into the kitchen and create something amazing. You can always dress them up with some fancy wrapping or super cute boxes.

Homemade Voucher’s | Earlier this year, me and my sister didn’t have much money to buy our mum a birthday present. I was training for my new job at the time and hardly had enough money to live off for myself, so spending money on a birthday present at that time just wasn’t an option. But then not getting my mum a gift for her birthday also wasn’t an option. So, we put our heads together and came up with a ‘Homemade Voucher’. With the help of Photoshop, we created a ‘Vintage Tearoom Experience’ voucher. The voucher entitled her to afternoon tea at a vintage tea room of her choice, with her daughters. She was made up! This also gave us a little longer to get some money together too for her birthday treat.

Create Something | If you have some sort of creative talent. Use it! Whether you can make jewellery, clothes, home interior products or other crafts. Do it. People appreciate gifts that show thought and consideration. One of a kind gifts are always great!

I hope all these idea’s inspired a few of you. If you are a last-minute gift buyer or you’re just simply stuck with what to get someone. Stop and take a second to think about that person. What do they like?

Sincerely, Sophie x