The C word is creeping up quicker than you'd care to think. This week I remind you that it is about giving and not about showing off. Children love a big haul but grown ups should err towards the understated. Hampers and magazine subscriptions are my favourites.
Forward planning is key to a Christmas hamper, as you can spread the cost over the whole year. I buy wrapping paper after Christmas when it is in the sales. I keep all my cards and then cut them up to make gift tags. I buy the baskets at IKEA and then each month fill them up with goodies. My favourite buys are nice soaps, body stuff, lip balms, and tins of great things from Harvey Nicks, Fortnums and Selfridges. I also pop into Marc by Marc Jacobs on Mount St for little nick nacks. Books can also make an appearence usual travel related to somewhere that person loves to go. And that is it - simples.
Keeping it simple brings pleasure. I know my family rely on me for my Christmas hampers. And choose well and the items become a feature. My sister has kept this spaghetti caddy tin for years.