The festive season is upon us!

The festive season is upon us again! It is that time of the year for office gatherings, service appreciation parties and spreading good cheer. It is that time of the year for taking a break to go on holiday, travelling to family and spending time with loved ones and for some, it is also a time of exchanging gifts!!

Whether you have a Christmas tree that you lay gifts under or not, it is natural to want to show appreciation or love for a parent, sibling, friend, colleague through a token. With the economic crunch reigning terror in Zimbabwe and most people worrying more about the school fees and bills to be taken care of, it has become a little harder to splurge on that gift you would really like to get for that special someone.

Leaving the gift selection process till late is never the best idea and as there are 12 days left till Christmas, let’s get talking!

 

In my opinion, there are three categories of gifts with ONE underlying factor: 

#1. Make something you know THEY will love

I recently went around looking for ideas on gifts and I fell in love with the idea of making something and and using consol jars as the gift wrapper.

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Ideas for the jar:

Soup for a rainy Christmas day, fudge or cookies for indulgence after Christmas lunch, either way the giftee is left with a consol jar they can re-use, inadvertently being mindful of the environment.

Fudge recipe:

Sift 4 cups icing sugar, 1 cup cocoa in a microwave safe dish. Add ½ cup milk, 2tbsp vanilla essence, do not mix. Place  1 cup cubed butter over mixture and microwave on high until butter has almost melted ≈3mins. Mix well and quickly spread in a dish lined with aluminium foil. Let it harden, take out of foil and cut into squares. You can make these on the stove top too.

#2. Do something you know THEY will appreciate

Take them to see a movie.

Spend time with them having tea/coffee with cake. Better yet, bake the cake! (During ZESA hours, of course)

Clean out that cupboard you know they have been meaning to get round to.

You get the idea…

Acts of service and quality time are some of the most underrated gifts one can give.

 

#3. Buy something you know THEY will really like.

You do not have to splurge out on this. Know the person you are buying a gift for and think of ways to make it economical. I loved this teapot with the strainer for a friend who absolutely loves tea.

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Some of our favourites gift ideas:

Perfume/Cologne/Deodorant

Cute top/Shirt

Watch/Bracelet

Bath soap (check out the BareZw shop on Insta & FB) and similar product.

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You can also head to the Avondale Flea Market for some good deals.

For those who love to splurge & entertain!

For your pre-dinner do up, why not go for a charcuterie board!  Say what? Yes, charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) – is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces.

Check out our favourite local foodie Charlie and see how she used local biscuits from Bakers Biscuits to create hers…

https://www.instagram.com/p/B57zw8sjrWv/

We also love how Simply Trudie’s daughter did hers…love love love!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5vLgm_jAQe/

Struggling to get something locally? No need to stress. There are various “runners” that can help you shop for your special gift in South Africa. If you are not sure what to get, you can never go wrong with a gift card.

We also shared some still relevant ideas in our 2017 Christmas blog. Head over to https://www.thedesignpractice.co.zw/tis-the-season/

And don’t forget to spread some love…