The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) : 2019-11-18

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FESTIVE GIFTS THEDOSANDD­ON’TSOFSECRET­SANTA A Love it or loathe it, Secret Santa season is coming. reveals how to please even the trickiest office colleague hh, Secret Santa. The LOL-tastic way to show a colleague or friend just how well you don’t know them. Yep, come Christmas, it’s custom to be tasked with buying someone we hardly speak to the rest of the time a present, often for either £5 or £10 (or sometimes £20 if you’re really unlucky). But, if you’re usually stuck in a quagmire of present-buying stress, fear not. Here’s how to navigate the Secret Santa maze successful­ly. something is reduced to the amount allocated (for instance, the budget it £10 and you manage to find a £20 product that’s reduced to a tenner). It may be tempting to get something for £8 when the budget is £10, but that’s a real no-no. After all, how would you feel if you spent £10 and someone else only spent £8? Top up with Christmas chocs or a mini bottle of wine or fizz if you have some money to spare. Christmas-themed deely boppers and a Mrs Claus sign for your desk, while you’ve spent hard-earned time and money on something they might actually use/like. While it can be tempting to get something novelty, it’s just going to end up being re-gifted – or worse still, in landfill. Less plastic is key at Christmas, after all. Unless, of course, they LOVE novelty, in which case go for it – with bells and unicorn horns on. Jenny Stallard AVOID ANYTHING TOO SMELLY INCLUDE A GIFT RECEIPT It’s tempting to head straight to the bubble bath department when shopping for Secret Santa. And that’s OK, as long as you keep it neutral. Now is not the time to test if they’re keen on that new cranberry/mince pie mash-up shower gel you saw. Again, looking for clues to their taste can be key. Are they always wafting through the office in a cloud of perfume? Or perhaps more understate­d? DO A BIT OF RESEARCH ABOUT YOUR GIFT Feeling super kind? Then get a gift receipt. That way they can swap for something they really want and they’ll love you (even if they don’t know it’s you) forever. It’s actually quite easy to get something your colleague would like. Have a look at their desk, spend some time listening in to their general chats. Are they a dog or a cat person? How about their favourite team? Little clues can make a big difference – and while they’ll then love their gift, it cuts down your shopping time dramatical­ly, too. MAKING A GIFT It can be fun to make someone something – especially if you do know them well. The same rules apply with spending the right budget, and sticking to their taste. Personalis­ed items can be very thoughtful – just try to be 100% sure that really IS how they spell their name! BE CAREFUL WITH NOVELTY ITEMS SPEND THE FULL AMOUNT The only variation on this rule is if Ahh, how funny when you get some Gateway to Royal Deeside OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND – 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR – FINANCE AVAILABLE – NO SITE FEES FOR 2019 W Buying a Leisure Lodge can offer more than just holidays, it can be a very lucrative investment that many people are now getting on board with. You can still take breaks with your own family and friends at times of your choosing - it’s your lodge to enjoy - but at other times you can let it out to others - you just have to decide how many weeks of the year you want to do this. A picturesqu­e location such as ours, with so much to see and do nearby, means potential owners can earn up to £600-£1200 per week per season for their lodge. It’s a significan­t return on investment especially if you have money just sitting in the bank or building society doing nothing. Our website will do all the hard work for you attracting customers. Simply upload your lodge details. Our integrated lodge booking system is connected to your account, meaning all bookings come to you for full control. The Park will have big improvemen­ts taking place during 2020, including the introducti­on of a Café Bistro, a total of 3 unique shops and the pond will be stocked with Brown Trout where we will offer fishing facilities. If you would like to view the park simply get in touch and we will make sure a representa­tive is on park to assist you. outside the gated area are perfected for less frequent holiday makers or investors. These lodges will be closer to the café Bistro and shops opening in 2020. All lodges have private double parking, their own delegated bins, garden area, PVC decking with glass barriers, PVC side steps, full size fridge/freezers, integrated appliances such as microwaves, dishwasher­s and washing machines, they come fully furnished with en-suites, double glazing, a 40 year lease, the list is endless with these stunning, luxurious lodges. We work with the best manufactur­ers in the industry to get you the most luxurious lodges at affordable prices. Stately-Albion the oldest manufactur­e in Europe and whose lodges are described as the ‘Rolls Royce’ provide the best lodges which can – within reason - be built to the customers specificat­ions. Pemberton a manufactur­er renowned for introducin­g the first 12ft wide model. Atlas a manufactur­er who have been in the industry for over 30 years establishi­ng their place as a market leader. Willerby are the biggest manufactur­e in the UK. We like to speak to our customers direct and we will help put you in the right direction based on lifestyle, finance, accessibil­ity etc. We are open to new relationsh­ips being created or if you see or know a model with a different manufactur­e that is more to your taste, we will be happy to have a discussion and see if it is an option we would take forward and site on our park. HEN you buy a lodge at Royal Arch Riverside Park you will be able to choose from one of our three promotiona­l offers. Only one of the three amazing offers can be chosen, so choose wisely. 1. A free hot tub with your lodge. 2. No Site Fees until January 2022 3. £5000 off your Lodge/Deposit. An exclusive, completely brand-new holiday park developmen­t in the North East of Scotland set in a picturesqu­e location overlooked by the Cairn O’ Mount and surrounded by stunning countrysid­e views, the park is situated in a prime location for all lifestyles and hobbies. Less than a mile from the main A90 road to Aberdeen and 10 minutes from the nearest train station the holiday park is peaceful and quiet, ideal for relaxation but perfectly situated to allow you to explore and enjoy the surroundin­g area. Set in 30 acres of landscaped grounds, the park has its own nature trails and fishing ponds and awe-inspiring views of the surroundin­g hills and countrysid­e. The park is ideal for you to indulge in your hobbies and interests with endless walks, cycling routes, hiking opportunit­ies, golf courses, beaches and much more. The Park has number of plots for sale, with lodges starting from £54,995 upwards. Lodges and plots situated inside the secure gated section of the park are selling at a steady rate so to avoid disappoint­ment it is essential that customers interested in this area act fast for the best views. The lodges £10,000 CASHBACK Terms and conditions apply - on selected Lodges .