It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write something that isn’t about a new restaurant local event, as much as I enjoy creating that type of content. With only 5 sleeps to go and still time to share some last minute gift inspiration, here are a few ideas for how to be more mindful this Christmas.

Photo by Drew Coffman

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. ~ Charles M. Schulz

Every year, at the same time, we all start preparing ourselves for one magical day in December. Our shopping tendencies seem to double each year, with Black Friday and early Boxing Day sales tempting us to spend more and more.  It can be easy to get lost in the material magic at this time of the year.

As I’ve got older, Christmas has become more about the festivities in the build-up and spending time with friends who return home for the season. A cliché truth that warms my heart more than any expensive gadget. This year I’ve definitely attempted to be more mindful with the gifts I’ve chosen for Dan and my family. Spending less than what we would usually spend, but probably more thoughtful meanings behind them. We’ve had a busy year, what with moving in together, holidays and celebrating friends’ getting married. 2018 has surprised us with so many adventures and even though I wouldn’t have it any way, 2019 will be very different. This year, Christmas will be a time for us to say thank you to our families for everything they have done for us over the last 12 months. Presence over presents.

It’s a time to also be mindful of what others may not have but need. Perhaps you have an elderly neighbour who is spending Christmas alone, or a Grandparent who may need some extra help with the food shop. It could be reaching out to a friend who you haven’t seen for a long time and sending a ‘let’s meet for coffee’ text. Being mindful costs nothing and you could really help someone through a difficult time.

Photo by Nynne Schroder

 Thoughtful Gift Ideas

Okay, let’s talk gifts.

Whilst I’m guilty of planning to budget, I seem to always go overboard with buying extra gifts to make the gift seem ‘more’. As if my gifts wouldn’t be appreciated if little money was spent. Of course, I know that this isn’t the case but every year I seem to slip into the same mind frame. It can be a stressful time for a lot of people, especially when it comes to money. If you want to really win at Christmas this year, why not give the gift of an experience instead? It can be worth ten times more than a physical gift, it involves an added element of surprise AND you haven’t always got to spend the money right now. Why not create an invitation using a free online editing app like Canva to let your special someone know that you will treat them in the New Year to whatever it may be.

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more! ~ Dr Seuss

I’ve been inspired by previous blog posts and felt inspired to share some of these more mindful present ideas. Whether your budget is £200 or £20, here is some last minute gift inspiration…

The Romantic Gesture

Flowers. Not just for saying ‘sorry’ or ‘thank you’. Order some blooms online and get it delivered straight to your door, it couldn’t be easier (especially if you’re trying to avoid the Christmas chaos in town and in the supermarket). Blossoming Gifts have some great options, I’ll leave a couple of posts >here< and >here< for you to read more about what they offer. Orders need to be placed by 23rd December, or you could pop to your local florist to pick up a beautiful bouquet.

The Classic Gesture

What woman doesn’t love jewellery? A traditional choice for most men to give their partners at Christmas, and you probably won’t hear us complain. Whilst Missoma and Monica Vinader jewellery is popular with many, why not support Cotswold creative Georgina Bywater and order one of her gorgeous pieces. Find out more about her collection >here<.

Photo by Jez Timms
The Homemade Gesture

Have you considered a DIY gift this Christmas? Something handmade to give a loved one who has it all and doesn’t ask for anything. It could be something small, like creating your own gift tags, or something that requires more time and materials, like these Christmas gift jars.

Photo by Soragrit Wongsa
The Sentimental Gesture

I’ve saved my favourite until last.

A framed photo or a scrapbook full of photos can sometimes be the most meaningful gifts. Capturing your favourite moments in a creative way, for me, are always the most fun to put together and usually get the best reaction. It could be a book for a year of memories or just a special celebration or holiday. Nothing quite beats a gift like this.

Photo by Katie Charlotte Blogs

I’d love to hear if you’re choosing to be more mindful this Christmas, or in the New Year. Find my social links below and let me know your thoughts!

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For the first time in a long time, I’ve chosen to feature some photographs that aren’t mine to use for this post. That’s not bad going for almost six years, right? I could have taken my own but I saw these on Unsplash and wanted to give these creatives another platform to showcase their work.

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