Tis’ The Season To Be Jolly!
It may not be December just yet but we are already feeling the festive spirit. The Christmas decor is up, spring cleaning is underway, and for some of us the shopping has already begun. All trimmings aside though (pun intended), the best part of Christmas is giving, and there is no greater gratification than that which comes with buying gifts. But with sale signs everywhere, and our 13th check burning holes in our bank accounts, budgeting goes straight out the window and we end up resenting all those expensive gifts we bought. It’s not long before “Janu-worry” makes an appearance and you deeply regret spending all that money. Hmmm, sound familiar?! While we cannot help with the regrets, we certainly can help you find gifts that are easy on the wallet and regret free.
1. Home Is Where The Heart Is:
Home decor items might seem unnecessary, but just because we don’t buy it doesn’t mean we don’t want it. Quirky scatter cushions, photo frames and wall art are so versatile and can be incorporated into almost any space.
2. Sweet Tooth:
Mason jars looks good with anything inside it, but put sweets inside it and it will look irresistible. For diabetics, you can find sugar free sweets at Dischem. Simply fill the jars with the same type of sweets or use assorted kinds, and layer them in different colours. Then, add a ribbon for effect. It’ll look almost too good to eat!
3. Scent From Above:
Your budget may not allow for expensive perfume or cologne, however if you pop into your nearest Clicks or Dischem you’ll find many, many cheaper alternatives that also smell good. Take your time to find the right scent. We recommend the Yardley Bond Street range – it smells good, is refreshingly affordable and it’s available for both men and women. We reckon the gammon won’t be the only thing smelling good this festive.
4. Put It On Paper:
During Summer Cape Town is buzzing, with events taking place almost every single day. There are conventions, concerts, and festivals – literally something for everyone. Book the tickets and place them in a pretty envelope or inside a nice box if you are planning to put it under the Christmas tree. Visit Computicket online to see all upcoming events.
5. A Trip Down Memory Lane:
They say the older you get the more sentimental you become. So if you’re unsure about what to get your mom, aunt, or grandmother this year – why not gather up old photos (make copies though) and build a picture collage inside a simple frame. Cue the water works.
6. Something New:
If it’s something different you’re after then why not gift someone an experience? From gin tasting to making your own Lindt chocolates, Hyperli has great discounted experiences for individuals and couples alike.
7. Get Crafty:
Head on over to Pinterest for DIY gifts (if you dare). This takes time and patience so don’t start something if you’re in a hurry. They have step-by-step tutorials to guide you and not all of them are too difficult. Try your hand at art or wood work but always keep it simple.
8. Novelty, Novelty, Novelty:
Yep, we’ve saved the best for last! A mug and socks might seem like a lousy gift, but not if its themed after your favourite movie or superhero. Typo has an array of Marvel, Starwars and Harry Potter novelty items that would make great gifts for teenagers and the occasional quirky adult (clears throat).
Forgetting to buy the cream for the trifle is an admissible offence, but no gifts to open on Christmas morning is not. Show your loved ones how much you appreciate them with our thoughtful gift ideas and your bank account will thank us later!
What gift will you be buying this Christmas season? We want to know – let us know in the comments below!