About six weeks ago I was in the supermarket when I suddenly became aware of the gold, glittering tinsel that was twinkling in my peripheral vision. It was rather confusing - it was still October after all. But then it dawned on me: retailers are destined to bring out the most concentrated of Christmas guilt which we’re all quietly harbouring inside, and remind us that we’re perpetually disorganised.
Or is it just me?
The point is, 2020 has been a write-off kind of year and Christmas is partly unwelcome because we (speaking on behalf of all of us here) haven’t quite managed to achieve what we set out to achieve, but partly welcome because it means we’re inching closer to the moment that we can say SEE YA to the year that was.
Anyway, Christmas presents. Are you sorted? I’m not. So instead of spending time getting organised and finding the perfect gifts for my nearest and dearest, I thought I’d share my worldly thoughts about what might make great presents for this year’s unusual Christmas, and ask for your opinion, too.
- One great thing to come out of 2020 is the number of small businesses whose profiles have been raised simply because they had more time to get their side hustle off the ground. We’ve seen some amazing products produced locally and it’s bound to be the same wherever you are. So, pro tip: seek out and buy local. You’ll get your stuff on time (and not held up in the backlog of delayed Christmas shipping), you’ll support local businesses, and you’ll be amazed at what incredible things people are creating from their backyards!
- Since no one is able to travel freely for Christmas this year, it’s likely that more people are going to end up being stuck with people they’d really rather not be. This is your chance to show them you have their back. Send alcohol, headphones, and maybe an eye mask.
- Speaking of self care, we highly recommend spending your holidays rejuvenating in all senses of the word. Send a Long Haul Spa pack to a loved one and get one for yourself while you’re at it. We might be biased, but we know you won’t regret it.
Is it time for a Christmas mince pie yet? Pass the eggnog.