One of my very favourite things to do during the festive season is to wrap gifts. If fact, my family members often make fun of me because I’m very ‘strict’ about making the gifts look pretty & festive – each gift (no matter how small) must at least have some sort of ribbon or bow. And if there is a Christmas theme (this year our theme is gold & white), then all gifts need to be wrapped in the theme.

Before you can wrap those gifts you have to buy / make them, which brings me to the gist of this post…


  1. If you have not done your shopping yet, then my very first tip is to stay clear of the malls! I do love shopping & the festive cheer in the air with Christmas carols playing is amazing, but the reality is that from now on there will be crowds, (often unfriendly ones), parking issues & totally overwhelmed shop assistants. If you really need to get into a store though, I recommend taking a (week day) morning off & arrive just before the stores open. Have your shopping list ready & make sure you are done before lunchtime before the crowds arrive.
  2. Why not save time, money & effort & opt for something like a Secret Santa Xmas? This means: each person pulls one name & buys for one person (for a pre-determined amount). That way you will have time & energy to think of something really special. Or do a hand-made or second hand (hand-me-down) Christmas? Or something like ‘kiddies only gifts’ & cards for the adults?
  3. Do your gift shopping online. I’m thinking Spree, Superbalist, Kalahari, Amazon…. to name but a few. No queues, no crowds & delivery to your door.
  4. How about edible gifts only? I’m very pro consumables – they give instant gratification & won’t stand around collecting dust, so why not pour a glass of bubbly (or egg nog or hot chocolate), turn up the Christmas Carols & bake something.
  5. Sure, this is not for everybody, but how about collecting all the money that the family or group of friends was going to spend & rather give to a charity or good cause. Celebrate the fact that you are privileged enough to do just that.

Have any other useful tips & ideas? Please leave a comment & share.

Happy gift hunting & wrapping!

Yolandi ♥

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