I’ll warn you in advance that the end of this post might become a little bit self-indulgent (as it involves one of my favourite things I’ve ever gifted) but before we get there I thought it was time to explore the beauty of greeting cards. According to Wikipedia (the font of all knowledge) a greeting… Continue reading Greetings (the kind that are sent through the post in the shape of a card)!
So, it has been a while (to say the least) since I last blogged (for a variety of reasons) but I feel that it is the time to get back to one of the things I love: writing online. I’m an over-thinker (yoga helps though) and I do like to plan a blog post for… Continue reading Finally back blogging with the art of furoshiki (also known as environmentally-friendly gift wrap)
I think that kindness comes in many forms (I’ve blogged about being kind to yourself before), I also think that it isn’t always easy to be kind (whether it is to yourself or otherwise). Sometimes what seems kind to one person can actually seem like a poke in the eye to another. But that doesn’t… Continue reading Random(ish) acts of kindness: a Valentine’s (or anti-Valentine’s) special
I was very tempted to start this post with the classic ‘you would have to have been living under a rock to not have noticed…’ but I decided against it (while I do love brackets and the odd pun I think steering clear of classic cliches is a resolution for 2017 (potentially)). Anyway, getting back… Continue reading Be kind to yourself. Self gift and chase away the January Blues
It was a lovely bit of serendipity that was the inspiration for this particular blog post. The week before Christmas I was offered a single (first class no less) train ticket from London Euston to Birmingham New Street on the 6th January. Coincidentally this is the day after my 24th (again) birthday. I immediately said… Continue reading Tea for two and two for afternoon tea at Balthazar London
I don’t really think any gift is truly trash (but I do love a good attention-grabbing headline) and I don’t think there are truly any unwanted gifts. They might be gifts you already have (perhaps that book you wanted that you told too many people about?), that gift you have enough of already (there might… Continue reading Turning trash into treasure (or what to do with unwanted gifts)
Luckily ruby wedding anniversaries don’t crop up that often (an average of 40 years if the couple make it that far) so this isn’t one I need to think of the unusual, bespoke gift for on a regular basis. However they are kind of a big deal. 40 years is a long time to be… Continue reading What to gift for a ruby wedding anniversary (especially for those people who are a bit awkward to buy for)?
A gift should be for life, not just for Christmas (apologies as I am paraphrasing the line that usually refers to dogs and they are definitely for life). Or at the very least it should be something that satisfies a want or need for more than one day. And there are gifts out there that… Continue reading Subscription gifts, they are not just for Christmas
The wife (who again I should point out is married to a man) was picking my brains on wrapping presents that didn’t result in a lot of waste (or mess). Now, I’m not 100% sure that I can help on the mess front but I do have a few ideas (based on my constant need… Continue reading Keeping it green this Christmas with environmentally friendly gift wrap
Everyone I know has been (reasonably) nice so that is the first thing off my list. The second is (hopefully obvious by now) that I want to find those shiny, happy gifts that come from independent businesses making bespoke handmade, homemade, or different gifts. Of course I do buy from the big retailers as well.… Continue reading Finding gift inspiration (also known as I’m making a list and I’m checking it twice)