29 November 2018

It's that time of year...

The time to think about end-of-year thank you gifts to buy for teachers, the paper boy/girl, the pharmaceutical deliverer… I only added that last one as that’s a job my boys have all had, although we call them drug runners (looks fab on the CV – certainly a point of difference and a talking point, so much so that one prospective employer asked to get a reference from the head of the cartel. My son got the job.)

I digress. It’s not a delay tactic, btw, as I am more than happy to discuss this gift finding and giving, now that I have been on a hunt around Westgate Lifestyle and discovered I don’t have to look too far to find what I need. All bar two of my dozen suggestions sit under the $20 mark and there are a few in the $10 and less category. There’s a mix of ideas from a sun hat, drink bottle and travelling cup, to a lovely set of cheese knives, a soy candle, diffuser, handbag mirror, a cup and a photo frame. All can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond, Briscoes, The Importer, Rebel Sport, Freedom, Lighting Direct, and NOOD. At the latter I found a table top bucket list of 100 wonderful things to see, while at Lighting Direct it was a jute cylinder bag just waiting to house a plant.

For those for whom rushing is the norm, isn’t it comforting to know that such ideas await all within close proximity of each other. For those with a little more time up their sleeve I also included the glass bottles with cork tops – perfect for a gift from the kitchen, like home-made salad dressing. A girlfriend of mine once made mustard, which she put in little pottles with a cherry red and white ribbon at the top. Festive and fabulous. All the best with finding your best way of saying “thank you”. Chances are you’ll find some good Christmas shopping ideas while you are out and about.

Thermus travel mug, soft feel outer, $29.99, from Briscoes |2. Hampton/Mason global folk mug, $4.99, from Briscoes |3. Flourish botanical handbag mirror, $7.40, from Bed Bath & Beyond |4. Delux soy candle, wild berries, $19.50, from The Importer |5. Fern brand bucket hat, $19.99, from Rebel Sport |6. Geometric turquoise photo frame (two sizes), from $13,50, from The Importer |7. Bliss Diffusers, $23.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond |8. Nike sport water bottle, $19.99, from Rebel Sport |9. Jute cylinder 26cm bag, $10.49, from Lighting Direct |10. Juusto cheese knives four-piece, $19.95, from Freedom |11. Rita bottle with cork, $19.95, from Freedom |12. Tabletop bucket lists, $17.49, from NOOD.

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