I love Christmas- but in December. I’m not one of those people who get all excited about it around now- and I don’t like seeing Christmas things in the shops just yet. But it’s around now when I start thinking about what I can get people.
I find it really difficult- especially at the moment as my husband is writing his PhD & we move house in a week we’re literally at our poorest- and it isn’t going to get any better before Christmas.
Mine & his family combined means 25 people buy for us- therefore we have 25 people to buy for.
We’re both creative people and enjoy making things where we can- as long as we know they will really like it (not just random rubbish for the sake of it) and some people that we find REALLY difficult to get for we’ll usually look to buy something.
I feel really guilty already because I know we aren’t going to be able to afford much for everyone- even though I know that’s not what Christmas is about- it’s still hard to shake the guilt when I hand over something tiny & handmade and someone hands me something expensive.
It’s these thoughts that sort of stress me out before Christmas.
I am going to spend some time looking on Folksy for gifts- though I have some awkward people to get for:
A relative who doesn’t like anything unless it has a designer name on it, a relative who’s very old, blind & deaf, another relative who never seems impressed with even really thoughtful gifts, 2 autistic relatives who have very limited interests, and now my 53 yr old mum who is now paralysed & has barely any hand movement living in a care home.
Fortunately I also have a lot of relatives who do enjoy handmade or little unique things and are therefore a lot of fun to buy/create for- but it’s the difficult ones that stress me out!!
Anyone else in a similar situation? What do you do? I sort of feel like I’ve exhausted all the good Christmas present ideas years ago.