It is now November, which means by law it’s time to start celebrating Christmas. Jokes aside, Christmas is fast approaching and we all want to be able to prepare for the festive season ahead.
As part of this you may be looking into buying a tree for the house, lighting it up like Blackpool illuminations, and be sending out cards and gifts through Shiply to family members you won’t see in time for the big day.
Now that you are ready to start Christmas shopping, you might be already working out your budgets and writing down some great ideas for presents for the family and friends. Just remember, you can still buy great gifts for a low price, and here are some ideas which will cost you less than a fiver.
12 dates of Christmas
If you have a husband/wife/partner to buy for this Christmas, a great idea for a stocking filler is to make this date night plan for the year ahead. The idea is that you will write down 12 different date ideas - one for each month of the year, and then once you’ve done this, seal them up in envelopes and put them all into a gift box for your other half along with instructions. The dates don’t have to cost the earth, they could be walk in the park, a trip to the cinema or even just a movie night at home with a bottle of wine. Any of these ideas will being you and your partner closer together to spend that much-needed time each month alone.
When you go into B&Q, you may notice the wall of paint samples on offer. Next time you go over there, top up your stash of paint sample cards and bring them home to make a unique calendar for your loved one. Cut the cards into pieces for each day of the month and get creative making your calendar.
Hidden Compartment Book
Choose a book you don’t mind wrecking or pick one up from the charity shop. You can then take the time to hollow out the book so that you can store a small gift inside. You can use this initially to store another gift, but then your loved one can use this to hide valuable items. To decorate the book simply invest in some sticky-back plastic and cover all of the original exterior.
If you have a game of scrabble which seems to be gathering dust in a cupboard or on top of the wardrobe, you can use the letters to make something much more exciting and personal for your family. You can do this one of two ways:
You can arrange the scrabble letters on a lovely background, take a photo of it, and then frame the print.
Take the scrabble letters and a photo, stick the scrabble letters onto the photo and spell out a name or word, then buy a 3D photo frame to hang it in.
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