Do you need some inspiration for Christmas thank you cards? If so, it’s time to whip out the glitter glue.
Happy Christmas Eve one and all!
It’s been a busy and fun December, here’s a round up of the Advent posts
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
Day 23/24 – Chalkboard bunting
We’re putting the final touches to the living room for Christmas. One of my favourite buys this Christmas was chalkboard bunting. I’m sure with a bit of patience, you could make your own – this tutorial looks good and uses chalk cloth, which I never knew was a thing!
Mine is 5 metres long and purchased for £1.50 in R&J Supplies in St Ives, which is a goldmine of a place if you’re ever in the area (which, in my opinion is one of the nicest places you could possibly be!) You have enough triangles to write Joyeux Noel (not quite enough for Happy Christmas), but I didn’t have enough room to hang the ‘Joyeux’! The best thing is that the letters rub off so you can keep on reusing all year round.
Day 22/24 – Perfectly Imperfect Gifts
For last-minute gift shopping, it’s time to broaden your horizons. This mug was originally £8 (although you can’t quite see the sticker on top that says so, only the one where it was then reduced from £6 to £1.75). Take it out of the tatty box et voila, a perfect mug!
Wrap it up nicely and it makes a beautiful gift and nobody will ever know! I find the best places for bargains are outlet stores – our favourite is Swindon, where this Paperchase mug was found amongst many other Christmas presents this year!
Day 21/24 – Christmas Cards and a Christmas Monkey
My favourite way to display Christmas cards is on a string hung from our beam and what better addition to this than an abseiling PG Tips Christmas monkey? Of course, my thrifty little monkey was free with PG Tips and although there are no Christmas monkeys to be had this year, you can still pick up an all-year-round-monkey at B&M.
Day 20/24 – Wine Bottle Candles
Today I’m making the season merry and bright with candles. I’m starting out these wine bottle candles in the hope of getting to here by next year. The thriftiest place I’ve seen to buy candles is IKEA or Flying Tiger, where these bad boys are 2 for £1 and come in all sorts of exciting colours (the question is whether to venture in to coloured wax?)
PS Les Dauphins (red) wine – which definitely wins the prize for prettiest labels – is currently on offer at Ocado. Or for something more fun and thrifty, try Iron Horse from Aldi (which makes Decanter’s wine recommendations here).
Day 19/24 – Bargain succulents at Tesco
These little beauties are reduced to £1.47 each at Tesco, including the cute festive pots, which can be artfully turned around to match the decor in your new bathroom, as below:
Or even better, you can replace the pots with the beauties your friend got you for your Birthday and re-purpose the Christmassy pots to even more festive purposes, like a casual clementine display:
I’m hoping to find enough time to make the grandparents some Christmas biscuits to be gifted in the china pots… watch this space!
Day 18/24 – Selfie Christmas crackers
The best fun you can have for £4.99 (for a box of 6), need I say more? And a great ice breaker for when your parents meet the in-laws!
Day 14/24 – Sloe gin
Give the gift of sloe gin! It ideally needs two months to mature, so if you haven’t made a start already, it might need an ‘enjoy me after’ date attached. I use this recipe from Jamie Oliver and buy Kilner jars in bulk from the local Original Factory Shop (they usually have an offer around October when the sloes are out in force).