The gift guides are about to start hitting our inboxes.
There is a timetable that rolls out without fail; after Thanksgiving comes the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and once they are done the gift guides start arriving thick and fast. It was once mail catalogues and much browsing; now it’s a brief look and a click if you fancy.
Don’t misunderstand I absolutely love creating gift guides for you here at vickiarcher.com. Truthfully, we put so much time into them it’s probably not the best use of time but I don’t care. I have never been one to work on a practical schedule.
My gift guides from years past have mostly been themed; think colour, subject or simply, “what she wants“.
This year is going to be different.
We are working on gift guides with very strict guidelines.
I have recently become focused on the practical, which means I want things I can actually use.
The purely decorative and useless have become uninteresting to me – I’m not talking feel good experiences, like flowers or candles – but pieces we buy, put to one side and wonder why we even have them in the first place. Now when shopping I am trying to consider if it is something I really need, will it enhance our lives or simply make it cluttered.
This year our gift guides are going to be full of ideas we can use, our friends can enjoy and our families find helpful.
They are going to be only what we already have and are happy to recommend or what we are desperate to try and hopefully will receive.
They may even include experiences; some of the most memorable gifts I have enjoyed are not necessarily forever. One year I was given a tour of “Downton Abbey” as a fan of the TV series, I absolutely adored that. Another year, many moons ago, I was given a book of vouchers from one of my daughters with treats we would share together; a thoughtful and sentimental gift I still remember. Spending time together is the best gift of all.
Yes, I know this is a challenge and one person’s practical is another’s impractical. So forgive me if my idea of a necessity isn’t yours.
Gift guides do save our time and I have found some to be extremely useful.
Can you recall a gift you thought was perfect? A gift you will always hold close to your heart? These are the best kind of all. I would love to hear and hopefully share with all of you.
Writing this has me wandering down “gift” memory lane. xv
image, burberry christmas 2013