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My dear fellow gentleman and gentle women,
Quite soon - under a month! - Christmas time will be here. It's not a surprise and most probably some of you already did some shopping towards that or at least made a list (even a mental one) about what you should get for whom. Christmas becomes more and more a commercial holiday and that saddens me... I must admit I am the kind of person that loves gifts but most of all I love making gifts for others. The smile and joy and surprise on their faces is priceless and it warms me up from the inside. Giving someone a gift makes one feel like a child again and when unwrapping the gift you can see all the personalities possible... from the one that unties the ribbons gently and tidily, placing them on the side and making sure they could be used again, slowly getting the wrap from the box, folding it and then placing it next to the ribbons... to the one that cannot hold himself from ripping the wrapping apart to eagerly get to the present! It's how I can see the child in each person when they feast their eyes upon their presents for the first time... and it actually does not matter the size or the price tag as long as it's truly something that their hearts desire.
Here are a few small tips:
1. If you don't have a Christmas list, make one! Name & idea of what kind of present it should be.
2. Settle a budget limit for every person you need to buy a gift or a grand total budget for all the shopping.
3. Buy the gifts in time - try not to leave them for the very last week (or the very last moment...).
4. Prioritise who comes first when it comes to gifts - family > friends > acquaintances.
5. Don't get drawn into buying useless stuff or pretty stuff that you will never use... or things that have a huge discount but that would not fit anyone you know! Don't think you will use them - you won't!
But most of all... try and be sensible about this whole process... there is no need to overspend and no need to be a Scrooge either ;) don't be a joy kill but try to be joyful in a reasonable manner. And most of all... do it with LOVE!
Yours very sincerly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves ❤