Christmas Prescence

When you get to my age Christmas (and associated presents) start to change in our household. Gone are the silly fripperies and fancies and the gloves, thick socks and slippers seem to expand. Activities such as theatre trips or days out are chosen instead of knick-knacks and ornaments.

This is mainly due to the fact that I don’t really like clutter and usually if I find something I particularly like, I buy it myself. So, it has become a tradition in the past couple of years to buy family adventures, thereby making memories and not getting bogged down with objects.

One of the phrases most used in our house is “If I can’t use it on my body, eat it or drink it, then I don’t want it” Now, that might sound a bit mercenary but it actually makes life easier.

Let’s be honest here. How many people actually know your favourite perfume, body spray or bubble bath? How many know what you specifically drink, or whether you like truffles or not.

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Christmas Time!

I am a terribly picky person, I cannot stand rich chocolate as it makes me violently sick. Therefore a huge box of Thornton’s is a terrible waste on me. However a bar of Cadbury’s caramel, a couple of flakes or a Double Decker and I am as happy as a pig in mud!

Whilst you can usually do no wrong when buying one of the multitude of body pampering sets that come out in force at this time of the year, there are people out there who only use specific products through choice or because of a skin condition. This can makes things a bit difficult sometimes.

I also really don’t like clutter and at my age, usually if I find something I particularly like, I buy it myself. At this age, we know what we want and go out and get it. Therefore my family know not to even bother with that route.

In order to make life a little easier, it has become a tradition over the past couple of years to buy family adventures, thereby making memories and not get bogged down with objects or things we don’t particularly need.

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Stand Up at The Royal and Derngate Theatre

In the past this has involved taking part in adventures, murder mystery puzzles and even a “treasure hunt” around London, solving clues as we went. We have gone to theme parks, West End theatre and concerts.

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West End here we come!

The children (who don’t have as much income) get to participate. They pay for travel, or drinks, or a souvenir from the event that we have gifted to the family member. That way the recipient really doesn’t need to outlay any money to have a great time out.

This year I filled my festive basket with tickets to gigs, the local theatre, Phantom of the Opera in London, afternoon tea and a pampering session. There is even a Giraffe feeding experience in there too.

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Giraffe Feeding Time at Chessington

The best part of it for me was seeing the looks on the recipients faces when they opened their treats.

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Purple Rain at Portsmouth

In return I will be going to the West End, the local theatre and also an Escape Room where we will be locked in for an hour and have to get out before it is too late.

Participating in some of the activities as a group means we get to have more family outings and meet-ups. And that for me means more than anything in the World.

Have you changed your buying habits for family and friends? Do you choose memories over merchandise?

I would love to hear your thoughts on what we do as a family, and what you do with yours!
Till next time,

Tx

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  • I much prefer creating memories with my family than buying material bits x

  • Jodie Whitham

    Wow I just love the idea of experiences instead of actual pressies! I am always unimpressed with things I receive in sets as fussy when it comes to beauty. It is the thought that counts but waste bugs me too. Also love the phrase as happy as a pig in mud. Made me giggle 😂 x

    • I am the same Jodie! Hence this idea, and again it has proved very popular with the family x

  • My family have too started doing the experiences instead of presents. It’s a great idea. And also..I am a HUGE chocoholic, but none of the fancy stuff for me either. Cadburys or Galaxy!!

    • Gotta love a Cadbury’s Caramel! Or a bag of minstrels!!!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I have always been quite specific about what I get people. I tailor each gift to the individual and where I need to I will ask them if they have anything they need. Experiences can make great gifts.

    • Me too Melanie! We love the experiences as they tend to be tailor made for the person, yet a total surprise! x

  • fashion-mommy

    This is such a brilliant idea. Every year I ask for vouchers from my family, and instead get loads of rubbish that I never use and end up passing to the charity shop six months on.

    • Yes I know just what you mean! Of course the charity shop benefits, but it would be good to get something you love! x