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Category General Published 1 December 2018
The festive season is upon us and we can all agree that as excited as we are to dive into beloved traditions, from decorating the tree to prepping the grand feast, this time of year can also bring about a lot of frown lines and stress. It doesn’t always have to be this way though, so if you’re slightly dreading the season ahead, take a look at the tips below to help you come out smiling on the other side.
For any special event or occasion, planning can be your best friend. Knowing your budget, how many recipients you wish to gift to and an idea of what they might like is essential. There’s many ways to start your list, but splitting it up into who the gift is for, any individual budgets, the type of gift you plan on getting and from where, can really help to organise your time and spending.
If you’re always faced with a room’s worth of presents, it can be daunting to think that the time to gift wrap them all is coming around again. If you’ve managed to stock up on gifts early enough then start your wrapping now, you can also set aside and organise your presents by recipient, using trusty sticky notes as you go to prevent any awkward mix-ups on the day.
This is especially helpful if you’re planning on travelling to a friends or relatives with an overflowing backseat and boot, as it stops fiddly labels dropping off and getting lost, causing everyone’s favourite guessing game: who’s is it auntie. Before you pack the car, just remember to keep presents separate in labelled bags for a hassle-free welcome when you arrive.It’s also worth looking at small, inexpensive and universal back-up gifts, for unexpected guests and visitors!
So, the trees up, the festive coasters are out and the chimney’s looking bright and cheery with last year’s tinsel and homemade bunting, courtesy of the grandkids. But somehow, despite your best efforts, it still doesn’t feel Christmassy enough and a mad rush to town for new, shiny baubles is simply out of the question.
First of all, stop fretting and take a second to breathe. There’s still time to add a special festive touch to the home, and it’s easier than you think. If you’re struggling for Christmas decoration ideas, take a look around. Your home is a goldmine for quick, quirky makeshift decorations, from your favourite hardback winter tales wrapped in leftover present ribbon to make a pretty table piece or scrap pieces of wrapping paper strategically placed in empty picture frames, ready to hang. Any fallen tinsel warriors can also be wrapped around the bottom of lamps or used to decorate the staircase; just get creative!
As beautiful as freshly scented natural Christmas trees may be, for some households, they can be a nightmare, especially when it comes to clean-up. If your home is full of busy bees, artificial Christmas trees are a fabulous way to keep things festive with minimal stress. You can opt for pre-decorated if your schedule really is jam packed, adding last-minute touches on quieter nights or start from scratch with your very own colour motif! These trees can be reused year on year and offer easy set-up, as well as being just as effortless to take down and store away leaving December time.
It’s time to give the decorative crockery stowed away in the back of your cupboard a purpose. Setting out a few nibbles and treats is a great way to keep everyone happy without too much effort. Guests can help themselves to a delicious selection of Christmas party food without the need to constantly cater to people’s tastes; everyone wins!
Nothing beats exploring your local town at Christmas time, with vibrant displays beckoning you inside and pristine string lights illuminating the way; bliss. But some days, we simply don’t have the minutes to spend drifting from store to store hoping to pick up the perfect gift, which is where you can take your shopping online!
Not only are you likely to come across a more extensive range from all of your favourite shops, but it’s also a fantastic, hassle-free way to get gifts to recipients you won’t see over Christmas festivities; just deliver directly to their address and wait for the thank you note!
In the last few days leading up until the 25th, we all know too well the struggle of the cleaning dash; frantically running around trying to make sure every pillow is plumped and every crumb removed. Unless you’re super organised with a broom glued to your hand, it’s near impossible to ensure your home is utterly spotless every minute of the day, so take the advice below.
Allocating 30 minutes per cleaning job is a sure-fire way to make sure every clean is super-efficient whilst stopping you bending over backwards for the home to look perfect. Any helping hands are always welcome here too and recruiting little troopers is a fantastic way to make sure no room is left untouched, all working with the 30 minute countdown.
We’re all human and sometimes the seemingly contagious festive stress can all be a bit too much, which is why it’s so important to remember ‘you’. Chilled out evenings instantly come to mind and there’s no time like the present, so pamper yourself silly with your favourite bubble bath, maybe even a face mask, so you can wake up ready to go-go the next morning.
Above all, don’t forget to have fun! It’s the season to bring loved ones together and enjoy quality time with those that bring us happiness. So, from all of us here at Ideal World, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!