By Annie Kearns
It happens every year and yet somehow never ceases to be remarkable. That moment when you look at the calendar and begin to panic when realizing you’re halfway through November. Where to begin with preparations for the holidays? Amidst the decorating and cooking and various social obligations, we sometimes forget that Christmas ought to be about relaxation and enjoyment, not stress and work. To help soothe tensions, we’ve put together a list of gift ideas that might help bring back that festive cheer. Call it fantasy or call it hope, these are the items we are hoping to find in our stockings this year.
Something For Every Budget
A lot of the stress caused by Christmas is often centered upon your state of finances; not knowing where savings can be made or how money can be stretched further. Have no fear: whether you’ve had a bumper year or are keeping things simple, there are so many things out there to suit every budget that you don’t have to worry about your purse strings or anyone else’s.
Earlier this year, Patek Philippe released its first authorized biography. Included is all kinds of interesting details about the history of this famous Swiss watchmaker’s humble beginnings and various other tidbits. The biography in itself is a fascinating read and highly informative for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of watchmaking. For instance: did you know that in 1868, Patek Philippe created the first wristwatch, which was sold to a Hungarian countess and subsequently started the trend for specifically designed ladies watches? Well, now you do! You could understandably fall in love with the watches, but even if you can’t afford something in one of the official stores, you might find something cheaper on a second-hand site.
Spa Day Bliss
Is there anything more indulgent than taking a day to wrap up in the warmth of a sauna or steam room and let all your real world worries drift away? Add on top of that a massage, facial and maybe even a light meal with a friend and you’ve pretty much passed into a state of nirvana. This is why spa days are the perennial benchmark of ‘heaven on earth’ and such a great gift idea. After all the running around and drama of the holidays, what’s better than looking forward to a relaxing day of ‘me time’? Head over to Spa Finder to find the best spas in your area, and even purchase a gift card while browsing.
In reality, the holidays aren’t about expensive gift-giving, rather spending time with the people you love and enjoying their company. It sounds cheesy, but spending time with people is really what matters most – and this is why homemade presents are always a winner. Here at Mama Dweeb, you know how much we love our all-natural recipes for body and health. This cold winter weather is the perfect time to whip up some body butter with essential oils to keep your skin hydrated and protected. Alternatively, a batch of homebrew cider, beer or produce like jam is always a joy to receive.