With only a week to go until Christmas (already?!) it might be that you’re sitting merrily by the fire smugly relaxed knowing all your gifts are already wrapped and underneath the Christmas tree. If this is you, congratulations! You are a festive holiday master and we salute you.
If, however, you fall more into what we’ll call ‘Column B’ – the panic has just set in as you’ve realised there are only 6 shopping days left before C-day – don’t despair just yet! Your trusty Blonde in Grey is here with some easy, inexpensive and fast last-minute gift ideas that are sure to be a hit.
Donate to a good cause on the recipient’s behalf.
There are tons of amazing charities just waiting for your support. Not sure where to start? Use the following sites to help you find the right cause for every person on your list.
And these are always great ones to support:
Help save the printed word
Support your local or international newspaper by gifting a year’s subscription or sign your friends and families up for a year of their favourite magazines – whether it be Architectural Digest, Vogue or Hello!
Give the warmth and comfort of a classic
Give your gift list an old-fashioned twist and gift your loved ones some of the greatest stories of all time. Books like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens are ageless, timeless stories that have whisked readers away from reality for centuries.
Give your time and energy
Round everyone up for a walk in the wilderness, spend an afternoon baking cookies with the ones you love, curl up in front of a Christmas classic with a popcorn bowl for two, challenge friends and family to an epic board game battle…there are endless possibilities when it comes to spending time with the important people in your life. The only rule? Ditch the phone! This Christmas focus on giving others the gift of living in the moment and paying full attention to the real world. (Don’t worry, the digital world will still be waiting for you when you return on the 27th.)
Give the gift of laughter
The only thing better than a room filled with people you love at Christmas is a room filled with people you love at Christmas who are laughing so hard that they’ve started to cry and can barely form words. The cause? Cards against Humanity (UK/US/Canada). Yes, it can be wildly inappropriate but I’ve never seen something bring people together or whip up excitement faster than this now legendary card game. Walk into the holiday gathering carrying this and you’ve already won Christmas!