It doesn’t come around with quite the same regularity as “What do you want for dinner?” but that doesn’t make the question of what to buy someone for Christmas any easier to answer does it?
Factor in the variables: You’re in a new-ish relationship and want to impress; You’ve been together a while and want to show you still care; You’ve been together for donkey’s years and you’re determined to come up with something original; You’re on a tight budget; Your other car really IS a Porsche, and there’s no more room on the drive; The kids come first; You don’t want your mum to see how much you spend on your partner; You don’t want your partner to see how much you spend on your parents/siblings/nieces and nephews; OR you’re just plain scared of getting it wrong on this one, “slightly” over-hyped day… and it’s easy to see why we keep finding reasons to avoid doing the shopping.
I am a lover of all things Christmas, from family traditions passed down the generations to the ones I created with and for my own children. I prefer to stay home over going out or away, I love cooking for crowds, Christmas cake with Marzipan, Champagne for breakfast, and wrapping up warm for a pre-dinner walk with the dogs. I believe there can NEVER be too many fairy lights, inside or out (although flash mode should be illegal), Christmas carols or Christmas movies, and you can’t beat Now That’s What I call Christmas (but I do accept that some tracks are better than others!) I love wrapping gifts up with co-ordinating paper and ribbons, and I like disguising things in bigger boxes, because it seriously upsets me if someone correctly guesses what I’ve got them!
I’d love Christmas to be perfect every time but I do make mistakes. I once gave my husband a personalised golf ball holder, having failed to notice that his middle initial was printed back-to-front, and he was mortified when, having specifically asked me for Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, I bought him the version with pictures. One year, (pre-children) we drank so much Champagne before dinner that everyone fell asleep and we ended up with stringy turkey and burnt roasties. I know how it feels when Christmas is more Ho-hum than Ho-ho-ho but overall, I think Christmas is wonderful, and am grateful that my worries are few at this time of year.
Despite my personal faux pas, I think I’ve come up with a potentially perfect way for my customers to avoid the pain of getting it wrong this year. I’ve got a super special offer on my Personal Potions service. You can give your loved one a gift certificate for personalised aromatherapy blended specifically for them, after a consultation with me. You’ll get brownie points galore, and they get a gift they’ll love in three stages (thus prolonging the excitement of Christmas). Go here to find out more.
What do you love most about Christmas? What’s your biggest worry? And what have been your biggest Christmas Triumphs or Fails to date?