With Christmas fast approaching, as well as Master A’s birthday, I found myself in a state of overwhelm about it all the other day.
There’s so much to do. How will I get it all done?
I want it to to be beautiful, meaningful, blogable, Pinterest-worthy even.
Money’s tighter this year, I have to set a budget but not skimp.
I want to be organised not stressed but I’m getting stressed about wanting NOT to be stressed.
If so, Myquillyn from The Nester has a piece of wisdom to get us back on track.
It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful this Christmas.
Simplify has been a guiding word for me this year as I realised I have a tendency to overcomplicate things. So how to simplify Christmas?
Today we’ll talk gifts.
I like to put a fair amount of thought into what I choose for the important people in our lives but I want to still be able to feel the joy of giving. I also want the process to be reflective of my philosophy of heart-centred living. Consistent with my values if you will.
Here are the key things I’m going to keep in mind this year to keep it simple, keep it joyful, keep it heart-felt.
Use What You’ve Got
I was going to make lovely upcycled heart ornaments to go with the teacher gifts but when I looked in the present box, discovered lovely porcelain ones I’d bought for next to nothing at an outlet store. The hearts can go on next year’s list. If you’re the sort of person like me who snaps up lovely things when you see them, have a good look in the cupboard and see what’s lurking there.
Streamline Handmade Items
I have made gifts for friends and teachers for many years, some years making up to a dozen types of edible or consumable items, some of which couldn’t be made or packaged until almost the last moment or were very time intensive.
This year I am going to keep to things I can make quickly in bulk ahead of time. Things I can make in my sleep so to speak but that still send a message of love and gratitude. I’m thinking about Lemon Sugar Scrub, Chocolate Granola and Chocolate Chai Syrup.
Theme Your Gifts
The people in our lives will have many intersecting interests so take advantage of that and buy multiples of things or gifts on a similar theme. Last year many of my loved ones received the Humans of New York coffee table book. Some of my ideas so far for this year include Keep Cups for the takeaway coffee drinkers, Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers and a framed family portrait for the grandparents.
Last year I ended up buying a large number of gifts at Volumes, an independent book store/gift shop/cafe when a friend took me there for lunch – beautiful books, children’s activities, decorative items. I don’t think I’ll make it there this year as it is a bit of a drive but there are some local places I know I’ll visit.
There are so many talented women in the Australian blogosphere producing beautiful products that I’ll be seeking inspiration there as well. Look out for my upcoming post featuring my favourites.
I accept that I’ll probably lapse into the frenzy of Christmas at times but if I can just make things a little simpler, a little calmer then I can count it as a win.
Does gift shopping get you all hot and bothered? What are your tips for creating some calm from the potential chaos?