Gift Picking and Wrapping

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I love choosing presents for people, I’m sure I don’t get it right all the time but I do try and put some thought into the gifts I give. It does make it easier now that I am older as I have less adults to buy presents for and more kids, who are infinitely easier to buy for. This is because they’ll see something on an advert or in a shop and tell you that “that’s on my christmas list” and then do the same thing again the next time they see something they want, and so on. Adults I do find tricky at times, especially people we don’t see very often as you can never be sure that you’re buying something that they don’t already have. I try to steer clear from beauty products too, not only can people be a bit fussy about what they use but it sort of feels like not a lot of effort has gone into it!

Anyway, this year I managed to get the kids sorted early on so I only have to focus on adult presents from now on, and I’ve even made a start on wrapping everything! I have such a narrow window of opportunity to do it in as there are only two days a week when they’re both in childcare, and it’s only for five hours! Now I’ve wrapped their presents up (mostly bits to go with a wooden kitchen and lots of books!) I just have to do a few stocking fillers closer to the time. 

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Wrapping is something that I love to do, but am not that great at. Give me a box or a book and I’ll wrap it up nicely, but anything more elaborate and you might have to wrestle through layers of sticky tape to get to your goodies! I tend to cover my not-so-great wrapping skills with ribbon and bows where possible, along with a nicely written gift tag! I often keep pretty gift tags to use as bookmarks in recipe books, so having a nicely written one is a bonus as I’ll see the message and remember the gift and the gift-giver throughout the year! This year I’m taking extra care with my gift tags, and with my Christmas cards when I write them next week and using a CROSS Pen, that arrived as part of a set. I’ve not used a fountain pen in absolutely years, and it really made me take extra care with my writing, which can often verge into the doctors scrawl category! There was also a heavy ballpoint pen in the set for quick notes, though I’ve been loving using the fountain pen most of the time! I remember getting my very first fountain pen in year four at primary school, and very soon after that getting ink all over my hands and I played around with an ink cartridge! So far so good though, as I just popped the cartridge in and started writing, I’m clearly much neater these days than my eleven year old self! CROSS have a huge selection of pens, most can be pesonalised and there is even a bespoke Star Wars collection that look like mini R2D2s!

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My wrapping this year is from Paperchase, they’ve got some awesome modern designs this year, which makes wrapping all the more fun! I really need to crack on and get the rest of the present s on my list so I can wrap everything up early, post the ones that need to get sent to friends and family and then relax in the run up to Christmas!

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I was sent a CROSS pen set to feature in this post. All words and opinions are my own

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