Don’t run out of time to or­gan­ise the per­fect gift

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

With so much to pre­pare and or­gan­ise be­fore Christ­mas, choos­ing and buy­ing gifts is of­ten a task we find ar­du­ous and time con­sum­ing at the fes­tive time of year.

But with a lit­tle cre­ativ­ity and think­ing out­side of the square, we can find some in­ter­est­ing gifts for friends and fam­ily with the min­i­mum amount of fuss.

Christ­mas fetes, shows and mar­kets:

In the weeks and days lead­ing up to Christ­mas there are al­ways plenty of lo­cal shows and mar­kets across the re­gion for peo­ple to find some great gift bar­gains.

There is usu­ally a wide va­ri­ety of stalls dis­play­ing arts, crafts, home­wares, toys and plants in one handy lo­ca­tion where you can en­joy a day out as well as select some unique and per­son­alised gifts for your loved ones.

On­line shop­ping:

If you find the task of Christ­mas shop­ping tir­ing, some spe­cialised on­line shop­ping could be the an­swer.

What­ever your fam­ily and friends en­joy, there’s an end­less range of books, toys, mem­o­ra­bilia, cloth­ing, jew­ellery, games, cos­met­ics, and more at your dis­posal.

Make sure you or­der well in ad­vance so your gifts are de­liv­ered be­fore Christ­mas.

If you are un­sure, ask the sup­plier whether they have the item you need in stock and can ship right away.

Go home­made:

Get cre­ative at home and make some gifts for your friends and fam­ily. Con­sider mak­ing some spe­cial sweets, bis­cuits or pre­serves, wrapped in a beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated box, or maybe some cush­ions, photo frames, fra­grances or home­made lip balms.

The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less, put your skills to work and see what imag­i­na­tive presents you can cre­ate.

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