So it's that time of year again, when thoughts turn to gift giving. In our house we celebrate "Giftmas" - a season of generosity, giving, largesse and all that's good in the human spirit. We give our time, our attention, our love, and we also give presents. We also try extra hard at this time of year to appreciate the good things we've got, remembering that this can be a particularly difficult time of year for people who are doing it tough.
Some people are doing Christmas, others Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Yule & Solstice celebrations.. whatever your beliefs it's a time of year where (hopefully) your thoughts turn to your nearest and dearest and the passing of another year.
We keep gifts to a minimum, feeling that a small number of well chosen items is better than the mountains of stuff others seem to go for - I think most of us have quite enough "STUFF" already!
As regular readers know I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the Target official bloggers, and they asked me for this month's post to put together a gift guide.. I thought I'd share what I have my eye on for my family this year.For my partner, something I have had on layby for quite some time now - he is a great cook, as anyone who's been keeping an eye on our food blog Abundant Appetites will have seen for themselves.. we both love kitchen gadgets and this one is a doozy - it's a mini kitchen in just one appliance, and compared to other similar several-thousand-dollar machines this one is a total bargain. It's the Bellini IntelliKitchen. It's going to be fun to play with and provide lots of time-saving kitchen support that will free up more important blogging time in the evenings!
My teenage daughter likes to exchange gifts with all of her friends - because there's quite a large group of them this can be an expensive exercise but thanks to some bargains I spotted it is possible to do this in a budget conscious way! I loved these cute bon-bons that have a lip gloss, lip balm and nail polish in them for just five bucks.
Another good option for the cheap and cheerful gift were these super cute "sundaes" that are actually a washcloth with some cute bath oil "fruits" - at just four dollars a pop these are great value, I thought.
There is a solution though, the gift I recommend for someone who loves makeup is a nice beauty bag, they're a much safer option than trying to guess a particular makeup or skincare item. A bag will always come in handy, and a set with several different sizes in means they've got one for every occasion!
Target has a really lovely collection of makeup bags that look way more expensive than their price tags would suggest.. the prints are really up to the minute, and no matter what the style of the recipient there'd be one to suit them here I think.
Another good option is something lovely for the bathroom - people often don't think to buy themselves nice things for the bath or shower so these are always welcome gifts. I spotted some lovely lavender scented things that have gorgeous vintage labels, these would look really lovely sitting in the bathroom.
So, that's my list, now I want to hear about you! What's on your shopping list this year? Going to borrow any of my ideas? Got some better ones? Let's hear them!