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Christmas Wishlist

27 Dec

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Hello all! A Merry Christmas 2013 to everyone. I have not blogged for 6 months. 6 MONTHS! This occurred for a myriad of reasons….. no time, no energy, sometimes no desire. I have certainly had a very interesting last 6 months and not all pleasant. However that has past and now I am ready to move forward. I can’t think of a better time to return to the world of blogging than Christmas so here goes.

This post is dedicated to composing a Christmas Wishlist. Now I am well aware that I am writing this one day after Christmas when presumably all gifts have been bought,wrapped,unwrapped and in some cases ready to be returned/exchanged. That said, if you are anything like myself and my friends many gifts have not even been thought about far less anything else.

WISHLIST

Before proceeding let me clarify. When I say  wishlist I am simply referring to a list of items one is interested in receiving as a gift.

WHY?

The idea is that those persons doing the giving can have an idea as to what the recepient likes/wants to reduce the anxiety of thinking of something as well as the embarassment of making a bad selection. Also the recipient gets what she actually wants.

WHO?

Who does one send a wishlist to? The million dollar question…… The answer is NOT your 500+ FB friends or every contact on your email or whatsapp or BBM acount. I say, send this list to all those persons who you know are in the habit of giving you gifts and so were probably planning to give you one again i.e close friends and relatives.

WHAT?

This is the 2 million dollar question……..

This is a Christmas wishlist not a wedding registry.It’s the time of year when people are trying to make money really stretch. When they have to look to find something for everyone at the same time! That is hard on your pocket, take it from this poor party girl. Don’t abuse this opportunity to make gift giving easier by requesting a bunch of expensive fantastic items that you normally wouldn’t want or need in everyday life. So think twice or even 3 times before asking for that Movado watch and La Creuset Tagine (a dream of mine) and maybe settle for a much needed makeup brush (one of my actual wishlist items) novelty kitchen items or phone/laptop accessories.

That being said you need to know your crowd. For some of us our friends can drop hundreds and hundreds on one gift and not bat an eyelash. If that is the case, carry on smartly you lucky bastard!

HOW MUCH/MANY?

How many items should be on your wishlist? Well I think there should be at least one item per person being sent the list. So say you are sending this list to 15 friends/family, you shoud have at least 15 items on it. I say go a little over however maybe 20 or so to give more options and increase the element of surprise on your part.

HOW?

How do you compose this wishlist? What EXACTLY should go on it and after that how do you distribute it?

Well I can’t say there is one answer for either of those questions. I will tell you what I did. I downloaded a wishlist app (addwish.com). There are quite a few to choose from and they make it very easy. you literally just have to type in the items and it will pull the image from online and then when you are done type who you want the list to be sent to. The app I used allowed me to both email and send to selected FB contacts. Easy Peasy!

If you like hard work then you can use Microsoft Word or whatever your laptop uses and Copy and Paste images and write descriptions next to them , then email them as attatchments to your recipients. Either way will work.

The plus side to the app is that when someone decides what they want to buy they reserve the item so double purchases aren’t made.

To answer exactly how to compose this list you consider the following:

1) Price: As mentioned before, be reasonable. No sense asking for a bunch of big ticket items when you know no one can afford them.

I recommend a range as some persons might be able to afford more than others. Consider that so maybe have items ranging from $10-$50 or whatever works for you.

2)Variety: Not just in price but in items. Have something for everyone. There are so many sides to you as a person and your wishlist should reflect that. For me, my list went from novels to perfumes to small kitchen utensils. I know some of my friends would be intimidated by having to select a perfume (even if I said exactly which one) but would be way more comfortable buying me a book.

I hope something I said has been helpful. This past year a number of friends used wishlists for their birthdays and I found it made finding a gift easier so why not try it for Christmas. I hope to be blogging lots more soon so until then continue to enjoy your holidays (Kwanza,Hanukkah,Christmas,Festivus,Winter Solstice or other) and be safe.

Have an awesome day!

Happy Holiday-The Late Edition

1 Jan

Hey there everyone, Happy Holidays! This includes Christmas, New Years, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and really any other holiday observed around this time of the year.

Boy did I have blogging plans for this season, I was going to post about decorating for Christmas, about homemade Christmas gifts and frugal ways to enjoy New Year’s eve. But alas, the hustle and bustle got the better of me. When I wasn’t too  busy I was too tired to even turn on my laptop.

Therefore I’m going have to do an all in one post..

First off Christmas decorations

In our home, we love to decorate for any reason but most especially Christmas! We always get a “live” tree. We do use baubles and the shiny round run of the mill ornaments in between as fillers but most of our decorations are one of a kinds (to us) collected over the years.

There was once a time when I wished we could magically eliminate our old decorations each year and buy an entirely new batch with a different colour scheme each year, but somewhere in my early 20’s I think I fully appreciated the meaningfulness behind each and every “personal” decoration. There is stuff on there from the 70’s right up until now. My mother even has a decoration which once belonged to her mother (back in the 50’s and 60’s).

In addition to meaning and sentimental value etc this is far more affordable than purchasing a new set of decorations every year or so which many of us very well do.

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The tree by night.

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A lighted view of the tree. Here you can see: a mask, a stuffed giraffe, a mini snow white book (bought on my first trip to Disney World 22 years ago), a Pinocchio decoration bought from a toy store in Italy, 2 Sponge bob ceramic decorations (my sister’s fav cartoon) a shiny red apple (bought in the big apple) and much more.

Next, Gifts

This can really rack up the cash and for a poor party girl like myself that just won’t do. My advice is;

1) Make a list and check it twice- A lot of the time we find ourselves giving gifts to people that we don’t really want to or need to. Stop this! I hope that doesn’t seem mean spirited but if I don’t see or hear you for the entire year there is no need to spend a small fortune on a dust collector for your home. Revising your Christmas list alone will cut your spending.

                          2) Make it or Bake it- That’s right, homemade gifts are from the heart and when properly thought out are cheaper than many commercial items.

Maybe jewellery making is your hobby; buy some beads and go for it,  maybe you love to bake; cookies or cupcakes are a neat idea. Perhaps you have a green thumb, give your friends and family a small potted plants for gifts.

As mentioned, plan your homemade gifts budget carefully or you could end up spending more doing this than just buying ready made stuff. Crafty items and baking supplies can be very overpriced so do some wholesale purchasing and bargain hunting.

That said, no matter the cost, a homemade gift will have that personal touch ready made stuff doesn’t.

Lastly, New Years Eve

What to do?

I’ve had my time of going to fancy all inclusive all night long parties, where your dress and shoes cost more than the overpriced ticket to the event. But I no longer care much for that scene, nor do I deem it affordable, not every year at least. I would say for the past 5 years or so I’ve been doing new years on a budget.

Some ideas :

                  1) Going someplace(free) to watch fireworks (did that 2 years ago)- take a bottle of wine, a few glasses and some snacks and make a night out of it.

                    2) having an old school house party where everyone brings something-throw on some music or movies and have a chill night

                    3) just hanging out at home with my immediate family (my mother and I are doing that this year) and watching the countdowns all over the world.

                    4)  Going to church- A lot of persons I know believe in starting each new year off this way

                    5) Nothing at all-Completely fail to acknowledge anything different about this night and carry on as usual (this also works quite well)

Well I know it was rushed and late an concise but that’s my 2 cents worth on the holiday season this year. I will leave with you a few pictures of our Christmas decor and a wish for a truly blessed and awesome and successful 2013………………….the best is yet to come.

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The Dining Table with our party spread laid out

ImageA close up of the tablescape; Glass jar filled with assorted red ornaments, miniature Christmas trees, small apothecary jar filled with red decorations small red candle holder and hanging from our chandelier, more red ornaments tied onto ribbon. All of these things were reused from previous years.

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This was on the coffee table in our porch 3 candles, a red glass ornament and one huge silver spray painted pine cone on a gold charger. Simple but effective.

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Last but not least; Patronus (yes inspired by the Stag that was Harry Potter’s patronus). Last Christmas my sister bought me a ceramic reindeer. This Christmas I wrapped him in some LED lights and placed Santa on his back.

Here is looking forward to lots more blogging in 2013. Have an awesome day and year!

 

 

 

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