Blog entry No.3: Planning for Christmas and gifts ideas!

Hello Everyone! Well, we’re now into October and we all know what that means – the count down until Christmas has already begun!  Every year, I always hope that I will be that bit more organised – making the run up until Christmas a little more stress-free, and therefore, more relaxed and fun!   

And so, with this in mind, I’ve been searching for sage advice, and think I have 5 top tips – nuggets to share with you – to help make this Christmas one you can enjoy more than ever:-

1) Declutter – set to work clearing the decks, with the help and input of your household, in getting rid of the old! Clearing away things which you no longer use or need is great for making more space – both in your home, but also in your mind! Think of things in term of their use and sentimental meaning.  Anything you no longer use or need can be given away, sold or passed on.  It feels great!

2) Start making lists – I’ve bought a note book and have split it into sections – Christmas Cards, Christmas Presents, Food & Drink for the Festive Season, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Guests, Christmas Parties, Christmas Budget and Ideas – if there are a lot of things in your head regarding Christmas plans why not write them down.  Organise them into the sections above (or ones which you think will work best for you) and tick them off as you go – it really helps you to feel more on top of things, and feels good to see those things you’ve managed to sort already!

3) Start planning things in your diary – add dates you already know of – ensuring you have everything in your diary helps clear your head and ensures you’re keeping more on top of things, and avoid the challenges of saying yes to two events at the same time.  

4) Buy your Christmas cards and start writing them – once you’ve made your Christmas card list – you can start writing your cards and messages either in chunks of time (maybe from November). You can even enlist the help of the family with helpers adding stamps and address labels? Make it a fun event with a glass of your favourite tipple,  and few nice snacks to keep you all going! Getting cards written in good time means you will be able to use 2nd class postage stamps and that the cards will reach your family and friends in good time!

5) Think of Christmas Gifts – who might like what?  Some may already have a wish list! Others may be that be harder to buy a gift for! At Butterfly Skies, we have a variety of gift options to suit a variety of purse or wallet allowances.  Whether it is a handmade piece of fine silver keepsake jewellery, a pair of resin cufflinks, earrings or scarf you think your loved one may like – please do check us out!

Oh! By the way – we have a few events coming up so if you live locally in Berkshire – please do check out our ‘Events’ page for Christmas fayres we’ll be attending on 15th October, 26th November and 27th November. Do come and say ‘Hello’!

Before I head off, in my last blog, I mentioned ‘wooden planters’ well, they are still in production and I will post a photo within the next few weeks (I can’t wait for you to see them) 🙂 , but something I have been working on ready for this Saturday’s Winter Fayre at Sindlesham Court (in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance and organised by the Easthampstead Rotary Club) – some ‘Flickering Fairy Jars’…What do you think? …

…Hope you like them and the 5 top tips for preparing for Christmas :-).

Take care and have a great week! Until next time, Anna xx



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