Is their such a thing as a budget friendly Christmas?
Possibly! If you are a slightly creative sort and you are prepared early enough.
Largely, people are time-short these days and in that mad run up to Christmas they are dashing about, working even harder than usual, playing catch up in order to have some family time and a proper break over Christmas. Those people do not have time to do and make all the things that you may be good at. What you create may not be that clever, it can be simple but beautifully presented.
Do you cook, bake, make relishes or pickles?
Do you sew? Are there small gifts you could start to make now? Spectacle cases, book marks, needle cases, pin cushions?
Do you create? Can you make a door wreath, a door handle decoration, a table centre, Christmas crackers or winter pot pourri?
This week I made pickled cabbage. You know…chop red cabbage, salt it, rinse it, put it in a jar and cover it with vinegar and pickling spices. I only made one jar. Later that day, my Mum arrived. This is what she said ‘Oh my goodness! You’ve made pickled cabbage. I LOVE pickled cabbage!’
There’s one person who might enjoy a little hamper of home made goodies this year. At first I thought it was really funny I was even considering giving my Mother cabbage for Christmas….but now I seriously am (maybe with a few extras!)
So, onto the presentation. If you’ve handmade something, I feel that should be reflected in the wrapping. If it’s food related, I like to keep the wrapping natural. Think brown paper, raffia, matt ribbons and brown luggage tags.