Lots of ideas for the fes­tive sea­son

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WHETHER you’re shop­ping for your Christ­mas gifts ahead of time or do­ing some last­minute shop­ping, you’ll find some of our ideas help­ful. Avoid the crowds, spend less money, and find Christ­mas gifts that every­one will re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate.

For work col­leagues, teach­ers, neigh­bours, or a group of friends that you give gifts to, con­sider giv­ing every­one the same item. It can be a yummy food gift, a sea­sonal dec­o­ra­tion, a favourite book you’ve just read, or some piece of ap­parel. Make it a lit­tle ex­tra spe­cial. Every­one loves to see their name on things, even if it’s just pa­per. Ex­per­i­ment and play on your com­puter to cre­ate a per­son­alised let­ter­head for peo­ple on your list. Print out your work and have it copied onto notepads, en­velopes, beau­ti­ful sta­tionery, or busi­ness pa­pers. Last minute ideas

Evening out

In­vite an in­di­vid­ual or your group of friends to meet you at a favourite lo­cal restau­rant. Ad­vise the staff that you’re pick­ing up the bill for every­one, and let your friends know that your time to­gether is your Christ­mas gift to them.

Bas­ket of good­ies

Re­trieve a bas­ket from your shed or at­tic or buy a new one. If you like, spray paint it in hol­i­day colours. Then visit your lo­cal su­per­mar­ket or gro­cery store and se­lect some of their finest good­ies. Cre­ate a bas­ket of beau­ti­ful fruits, an as­sort­ment of yummy cho­co­lates, cof­fee or teas and a mug, or in­gre­di­ents and sup­plies for a gourmet Thai, Chi­nese, Ital­ian, or Mex­i­can din­ner. Place the items on raf­fia or a bed of moss, cover with coloured or clear cel­lo­phane, and top with a sea­sonal rib­bon.

Plants and flow­ers

Visit a lo­cal gar­den cen­tre or flower shop and pur­chase a beau­ti­ful liv­ing plant, a fresh minia­ture tree or wreath, or a dis­play of hol­i­day flow­ers.

Add a pretty bow, a per­sonal note, and a keep­sake or­na­ment, and hand-de­liver the gift to your friend.

A gift every­one loves

Gift cer­tifi­cates are al­ways a safe bet. Think of a gourmet gro­cery store, depart­ment store, spa, ho­tel, restau­rant, spe­cialty ap­parel shop or flower shop.

Bray has lots to of­fer this Christ­mas.

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