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    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 12th May 17, 8:32 PM
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    Blackbeard of Perranporth
    I've read a few of your posts in here:

    But this post of yours is about the only one I've ever really totally understood and I wholeheartedly agree and second it ....
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    You're meant too wander, and amuse. There to liven up your day. And nonsenseness. Ok!
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    • charlies-aunt
    • By charlies-aunt 12th May 17, 8:59 PM
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    Thank you for starting this thread - I try to spread the cost over the year and make/knit/sew/bake homemade Xmas gifts so this thread will be a source of inspiration to do little and often
    The best things in life aren't things

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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th May 17, 11:20 AM
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    Thank you zippychick! I'd no idea there were so many useful tips on the Christmas threads
    Originally posted by ivyleaf
    awww bless you! I made the index years ago , it was a labour of love haha. But yeah, I think it's so handy to get all the links in one go

    must look for other threads in MSE this year xx maybe too early!
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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th May 17, 11:23 AM
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    Thank you for starting this thread - I try to spread the cost over the year and make/knit/sew/bake homemade Xmas gifts so this thread will be a source of inspiration to do little and often
    Originally posted by charlies-aunt
    hmmm that's a great idea! i've recently upped my crochet skills and am always looking for little projects to do on buses (currently butterflies) so would be a good idea to start making little c hristmas ones! Ohhhh!

    I think i'm gonna wear my Santa earrings today
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 13th May 17, 5:55 PM
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    Thanks for this thread zippychick, it's really useful. I'm already checking out the links for ideas. The flavoured vodka might make it on the list this year !

    I try to plan big expenses as far in advance as I can so have already been thinking about the C word to such an extent that I have confused my mental clock and I now think it is Autumn.
    Originally posted by Florence J
    Oh no, I want some summer first!

    Like charlies_aunt, I tend to prep throughout the year too as I really hate the last-minute rush and find it spreads the cost better. So far I have wrapping paper (bought less than half-price just after Xmas) and already have gift tags/ribbons/bows (in Xmas box from previous years) but will need to get some cards. "Family" cards come from a market trader who sells really good, inexpensive ones from around the end of October, plus I'll buy a pack to send to friends. Hang on, I've got a stash of cross-stitch kits that I might be able to use.

    I make up food hampers for DD and DS/DDiL and start them off from July onwards by getting one or two extras each week (checking the BBE dates of course ). The "hamper" is a cardboard box covered in wrapping paper and I use shredded paper for the packing. The contents are luxury things they wouldn't normally buy and I also put in hm chutney/flavoured oils/jams etc. They look forward to this gift as it means they have unexpected "treats" over the festive period.

    My C-knitting started in January and so far I've done a sweater for each of the GC (a 21-yr old, a 3-yr old and 1-yr old twins). I've also bagged two pairs of trousers for the twins, bought 1/2 price in the NY sales. And there's a stash of children's books bought from a promotional offer featured on MSE (10 for 10).

    Charity shops can be a good source for presents too and earlier in the year I sourced 6 paperbacks for DD at a cost of 3 (all in very good condition, probably only read once) and they're already wrapped and labelled.

    I find it's useful to have a small notebook to write down what I've got and for who; that way no-one is disappointed and it keeps me on track.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 14th May 17, 12:38 PM
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    I like to get things sorted early as well as I have quite a bit to do and making and finding gifts throughout the year does help to spread the cost a bit .

    A good place for a rummage is the CS for books and boxed up bits of soap and candles etc .

    To me if I can buy a yankee candle for a couple of quid that's been gifted to a CS as unwanted and give it to another person whom I know will appreciate it then its win-win.

    I have a small drawer at home with odd and ends I have been gifted that I will regift as perhaps they are of no use to me .I was happy when I got them and thanked the person ,but sometimes they just wern't used or needed .So the CS is happy for the donation I am happy to find a present that won't break the bank and hopefully the person who received it is happy as well

    Starting early and especially making a list of who to buy for and what you have bought makes perfect sense to me and save all that mad scramble at the last minute so well done for starting us off

    JackieO xxx
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    • Shropshirelass
    • By Shropshirelass 14th May 17, 12:46 PM
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    Thanks Zip I am glad of the nudge to start making the fandamily's knitted slippers, I tend to get bored with them if I Ieave them to do all at once at the last minute.
    • C J
    • By C J 14th May 17, 1:45 PM
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    C J
    Yesterday in a CS I found a brand new cute little Santa cross stitch kit for 25p. Since the colours are essentially just red, white and black I will be able to use the pattern again and again with thread and aida I already have. I thought they'd make lovely little 'special' gift tags for certain elderly relatives' presents. They look like they'll be very quick to stitch.

    I'm also about half way through a bright and colourful nursery cross stitch picture of safari animals which I am going to personalise and frame for my new (first) grandchild. He's only going to be 10 months old at Christmas so won't need masses of presents as he won't know what's going on, but a handmade and personalised picture for his nursery wall should fit the bill for one present at least. It's nice to have the luxury of sufficient time to do these projects instead of getting myself into a tizzy trying to finish everything on Christmas Eve (which I'm known to have done before!!)
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    • Sazzle13
    • By Sazzle13 17th May 17, 10:31 PM
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    Thank you for the thread.
    I've started jotting down ideas for my daughter. I got a lot of presents in the Boxing Day sale Christmas can be so expensive for one day so thank you for the links, they'll make a good read tomorrow
    • oceanspirit
    • By oceanspirit 18th May 17, 7:59 AM
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    I normally start present shopping whilst I'm away on my annual holiday as I like to find things which are different from those on sale locally. I also have one family which are difficult to buy for so need to start thinking early.

    Paper and cards were all bought in the sales in January so at least they're done and I make tags out of previous year's cards which again have already been done.

    Not sure what we'll do for the actual day this year. We don't know if our new (to us) home will have all the work done by then as we've been distracted by other life events and we've also talked about going away to stay in a posh hotel for a change. Not very OS or MSE but it would be a one-off as next year we would definitely want to be in our home.
    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 18th May 17, 10:56 AM
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    Happy Kitties
    Speeding ahead for Christmas, even bought a gammon that was YS that went in the freezer ready.
    Struggling with my DB though. I've got him all of the usual top up bits.

    With DB and DSIL their birthdays are 2days apart. DSIL is so easy to buy for and she is sorted for Christmas, my brother moaned about his lack of presents compared to DSIL, but he is so unbelievably difficult too buy for and tends to get the same stuff from all of us.
    If anyone has any ideas that would be great
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    • skogar
    • By skogar 19th May 17, 8:46 PM
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    Makes me chuckle every time I see this thread appear. As I dislike wasting money on things my sisters don't want I ask them about August time what they would like so I have plenty of time to search for offers etc. I am always greeted with cries of "Its to early". Great to know I am well behind many.
    • LoveKnittingSocks
    • By LoveKnittingSocks 19th May 17, 9:55 PM
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    Good Evening

    I followed this thread avidly last year but didn't post. I hope you don't mind me joining in. This year money is very tight so I've decided to make hampers of handmade gifts. We don't have that many to buy for so I'm going to need three hampers and a few stocking fillers. The boys are all getting vouchers

    So far on my list I have:-

    1. 9 x pairs of hand knitted wool boot socks - I've almost finished the second pair.
    2. Hand made candles - I've already bought a set of six crystal glasses from the CS for 2.50.
    3. Cake stands - I've read up on how to make them and now I have all Summer to scour local car boots for suitable china plates.

    ................and that's as far as I've got!
    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 20th May 17, 12:03 PM
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    Good Evening

    I followed this thread avidly last year but didn't post. I hope you don't mind me joining in.
    Originally posted by LoveKnittingSocks
    This makes me very happy to know it's a good resource. Lovely to see you posting!

    Every year i say i'll make a christmas jumper for myself, i think this is the year lol.
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    • skogar
    • By skogar 20th May 17, 10:31 PM
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    Hello Love to Knit,

    I'm intrigued about your hampers that you are making. Who are they for? I was wondering if you have some sort of a theme for them. When you mentioned the cake stands I started thinking about homemade goodies that might fit in with that sort of theme - cakes, biscuits, shortbread, mincepies (if it had a christmasy theme), homemade jam to go on those scones that might be served on them. You could maybe get a packet of posh tea or their favorite tea to go with it. Not really afternon tea but homemade truffles always go down well and are very easy. I wish I was getting one of your hampers. I love the idea of some cosy homemade socks. I'm afraid I haven't quite got socks worked out yet. Must give it another try.
    • LoveKnittingSocks
    • By LoveKnittingSocks 20th May 17, 11:16 PM
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    Hi Skogar, I was thinking of calling them Christmas survival hampers. One for DS1 and girlfriend, one for step-son and wife and one for my brother and sister in law. My other sons and step sons are all single so they get cosy socks and vouchers. DS1 and my step son are both in well paid jobs and earn much more money than DH and I so I thought handmade gifts would probably go down well.

    You've given me something to think about with the scones - how about cake mix in a jar? Last year I was thinking along the same lines but left it too late. I was also thinking about finding some nice mugs and filling them with sachets of posh hot chocolate and marshmallows and wrapping them up in the clear cellophane that florists use.

    I made some truffles a couple of years ago and they were really nice. You can get some lovely boxes on Eb*y and make them look really special.

    We've got all summer to scour the carboots and charity shops for all sorts of lovely stuff!
    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 22nd May 17, 12:44 PM
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    Found this Christmas chat thread for 2017 in another board

    There are christmas craft thread links etc in the first post xx love to hear everyones ideas

    I organised my whole craft collection yesterday and put all my christmas bits together. I have these beautiful little appliques i don't really know what to do with!

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    • SMURPH67
    • By SMURPH67 29th May 17, 7:00 PM
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    I already have a vague idea of a few presents this year, I'm giving my son and his partner dollars as they are off to the states next year. My granddaughter will be getting a tablet when I find one at a good price. I put money away each month when I get paid in a separate bank account, which my mum has the card for so no spending from it
    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 31st May 17, 10:18 PM
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    I think I've convinced myself to make everything this year. Goodness knows, I have enough fabric!

    MIL, FIL - hmmmm...a big set of reusable matching shopping totes? Fancy laptop case? A table runner? Bread bag? all of them!?
    SIL - something like this cat bag
    Sister - a makeup bag
    Mum - personalised red and white bunting for her kitchen diner
    Dad and his wife - Modern pot holders
    Elderly local friend - sew a wash bag of some sort
    Boss 1 + 2 - tote bags
    Ex's parents - tote and zipper set for her, notebook and cover for him
    OH - ??
    DD - ??
    Best friend - ??

    That's 14 people, with 7 months to go. I guess I'm doing two per month, then

    I'll also try and make some jams and chutneys as we harvest/forage in the Autumn, to distribute accordingly.
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    • tiredwithtwins
    • By tiredwithtwins 31st May 17, 10:34 PM
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    The end of july marks a seriously tight upcoming 12 months for me, so I am so pleased to see this Christmas 2017 thread!! I neeeeeeed to keep planning ahead, so its given me the shove to make a start on xmas this year, should be a doddle if I stick to this thread ... love the idea of hampers! I only have a few family - brother and his wife, 2 nephews and their gf's, a cousin and an aunt & uncle who are very dear to me. I have recently started journaling, so shall dedicate a couple of pages to xmas '17!!
    im also planning summer '18 (when my dd turns 21) and 2019 when ds's turn 18 and I intend to a long holiday in Australia in the summer to see my sisters ...
    I need something to plan - I have just gone through the worst 18 months of my life (split with partner - he had multiple affairs, had to leave my specialist nurse post due to work stress, many health problems that are now all resolved thank heavens, serious debt probs) and I need to have something to look forward to!!
    So, first stop xmas 2017!!!

    Yay to zippy for starting it off xxxxxxxxxx
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