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It’s that time of year when the shops are busy and a break is well overdue. There’s the frantic rush to get all the Christmas shopping done and not to forget anyone! But what if you don’t have much time, feel stressed on how your going to buy it and want to add that traditional home touch to your gifts? Well, there are other ways to show your love for Christmas and they can be often free, traditional and vintage inspired. Here are my top five…

1: Make a photo book of memories for your loved one and put in their favourite hollywood vintage icons, personal places you’ve been together or fun nights out together.

2: Bake a cake – but a traditional recipe! E.g Victoria Sponge, scones or something equally as naughty but delicious. That home baked recipe is always a magical touch.

3: Give something from your wardrobe that your friend has always admired. A brooch, piece of costume jewellery or a scarf is always lovely. From ancient wisdom to the more modern day Deepak Chopra always quoted that the more we give, the more we receive. And it also gives you a feel good factor for giving away things that you know are more suited to friends.

4: Craft an accessory in their favourite colour. Be it knitting or sewing a cushion with some spare fabric. The thought that goes in it will be admired by all!

5: Take them to a free event in your city or town. Meetup.com or many instagram groups such as ‘Pop up London’ offer free events, nights out and interesting launches from book clubs to psychology talks, there is something for everyone.

Have a beautiful Christmas whereever you are

Xxxx

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