Lately I’ve got drastically less materialistic. I still love a gadget but I love presents that allow me to make something, pamper myself or a snuggle up with a book. I’m also reaching a point where a season that adds clutter to the house almost fills me with dread. Lately my friends and I have taken part in Secret Santas, where kids and adults all provide one present, allocated at well organised random. The remit of handmade or no more than ??3 has led to inventive Christmas presents which really suit the recipient. I’m always delighted by the personalised presents I receive.
There are some gifts I’ve truly appreciated over the years, especially when we were too hard up to spend money on nice food. When I was growing up, my aunt always sent us a family M&S Christmas hamper. There was much excitement to opening it up, hastily discarding the wine and posh crackers while searching for the chocolate and speciality biscuits, claiming the box for toys; that was as big a part of the bounty as the food! When I got married, my aunt added us to her list and we’ve always loved them; the food is a treat and the baskets hold dolls and train sets in various corners of the house. Very handy indeed. The year the shop accidentally sent out the huge luxury food hamper was even better; I think that basket housed a baby for a while!
Being given naughty foods is great;? if they are bought for you, they just don’t have the same number of psychological calories 😉 Looking through the M&S selection, I’m impressed by range of hampers for different budgets and tastes, from chocolate to cheese and Italian to Afternoon Tea. It’s one way to send something personal while also being an easy purchase. I wonder if they’ve thought of doing a “pregnancy safe” festive hamper for mums to be? 😉
I missed our hamper last year, after changes in our family altered everything; it it always brought our Christmas Cake, I always felt really remembered and thought of my extended family when we nibbled on epicurean yummies and allocated over the basket. This year, with Christmas looking like it will be even busier than normal for our family, I think perhaps it is time I took up the mantle and started being the one who sends them out 🙂 I know just where to look.
What presents really do it for you these days? Is food the perfect gift? Do you like handmade or are you someone who wants a surprise and the bigger the better? How have you changed over the years and do you, like me, quake at the thought of stuff you won’t have a place for in an ever more crowded house?
*This blog post is brought to you in association with M&S. The opinions are my own.