Beautifully Organised: Organised gift giving this Christmas

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Organised gift giving this Christmas





It’s less than five weeks to go till Christmas Day :)

I adore the holiday season - decorations, carols, cards, gift wrapping, Christmas cooking, seeing Christmas light displays... everything.

Whether I can actually do it all is another story!

Our kids are quite young and go to bed early, so seeing the Christmas lights, or going to Carols by Candlelight  is out for us for a couple more years. I also keep Christmas cooking to a minimum at the moment - baby Georgia is now walking which means she can reach counter tops and stovetop knobs and all sorts of kitchen dangers! So cooking for me is just simple, quick meals for the next few months, and we’ll do Christmas baking next year instead :)

Christmas can get overwhelming if you feel like you have to do it all perfectly - and that takes all the fun out of it! Take gift giving - has anyone else noticed we give more presents to more people now than we did 10 years ago? It all adds up once you start thinking about buying for family, extended family, friends, co-workers, the kids’ teachers, neighbours, mother’s groups, sports buddies, ballet friends... the list goes on!

My trick at Christmas is to make gift giving as simple as possible. That means giving:

  • Gifts that are affordable - I usually go for around $10 - $30
  • Gifts that don’t cause clutter - wine, ‘reindeer noses’, movie tickets
  • Gifts that are useful - things that make my loved ones’ lives easier

And to reduce the overwhelm, I’m a big fan of the good old Secret Santa :) 



Secret Santa printable from the 2012 Make Christmas Easy Planner

You get all the fun of gift giving, with none of the stress or money worries - and it works great with family, friends, colleagues - practically everyone you see in a ‘group’ format.

Here’s how I do Secret Santa:

  • Grab a pretty bowl or vase and some cute Christmas paper squares (even plain white paper is fine)
  • Jot one person’s name down on each piece of paper, folding each paper and putting it into your vase as you go
  • Once they’re all in there, give it a big shake to mix up all the papers, then pass it around and ask everyone to select one piece of paper (hint: if they get their own name, they just fold it up again, drop it back in, and pick another)
  • Once that’s done, everyone is now the Secret Santa for the person written on their paper!
  • Set a money limit on present purchases
  • Set a date for everyone to open presents together - 2 weeks works well. If you can, you might want to pick a central spot for presents to be kept once they’re bought and wrapped (like a Christmas tree or a big Santa sack)

Need gift ideas? Here are a few very useful & affordable ones from one of my favourite shops, Howards Storage World:




Save money & plastic by filling this up at home for your little Mr or Miss!
$19.95 each




Organised & oh so pretty!
$32.95

keep the kids busy - twistable, lickable and a lot less dribbly
home made ice block makers!
$14.95 set of 4




take care of your furniture - unbreakable and gorgeous colours!
$19.95 set of 6




for easier parties - keep track of which drink is which with these pretty ones!
$11.95 set of 4


If you like those gift ideas, you’ll LOVE what I have to say next!

It’s giveaway time!

When I told the lovelies at Howards that these were my favourite gift ideas from the Christmas catalogue, they offered them up as a giveaway for you :)

What a great way to make your Christmas gift giving even easier!

So, if you’d like to win:

  • 1 Mr Men and 1 Little Miss Drink bottle (2 bottles in total)
  • 1 Pink Essentials Tool Kit
  • 1 set of Twistix frozen pop makers
  • 1 set of Umbra coloured silicone coasters
  • 1 set of Temptations wine glass markers

Then comment below and tell me what your favourite part of gift giving is! It might be doing your own secret Santa, or making your own gift wrap, or wrapping gifts with your family & making a day of it, sticking candy canes on your presents... whatever makes you smile when you’re organising your Christmas gifts :)


Want an extra entry or two? Then click to tweet this giveaway, or follow the Howards Insider blog (bloglovin' link on the blog) and come back and let me know you did! You'll get an extra entry for each (max 1 extra entry for each action)!

Entries close at midnight (Sydney time), Wednesday, November 28, 2012, and I'll announce the winner on the blog shortly after. Good Luck!  

Don't forget the fine print:

  • Prize to be shipped within Australia
  • It's a game of skill so I'm looking for answers that are thoughtful, creative, or full of Christmas cheer!
  • Make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you - email address, Twitter / FB details, etc. Post your contact method here in comments or email it privately to me at marissa@beautifullyorganised.com


and gift finder for more great present ideas, and 
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Credits:

This post isn’t sponsored and I haven’t received any free products or money for writing it. I love hearing from Howards as it’s one of my favourite shops, and I’m always keen to share with you whatever I find there that I think you’ll love too.

A big thanks to Howards for supplying the prize for the giveaway!




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118 comments:

  1. I love to see the persons face light up when giving them a gift. Especially if they werent expecting one. Bringing people happiness and excitement is a great feeling.

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  2. I love re-using the Kids Kindy/school paintings from throughout the year as Christmas wrap, especially when posting to relatives. They get a little piece of my childrens creativity with every gift!!

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  3. My favourite part of gift giving is thinking of that person, of how giving them this gift is going to make them feel. I always try and make it as thoughtful and useful as possible. We also give to our kids teachers, and I try hard for them not to go the stock standard - I get to know them so well through the year, I like to get them something that will really mean something to them. Family is easier but still thoughtful. For one of my husbands aunty's, I get her the same wine every year. Sounds kind of boring - except that she gets horrible headaches from the preservative in about 95% of wines - we have found one wine in particular that does not have this preservative, so she is very grateful for more of it every year. I like to think that I have brightened someones day even a little bit more with our gifts.

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  4. ps - I did the tweet and followed howards blog

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  5. I love it when I hear reports back "oh that thing you gave me was great, it really came in handy when....". I love giving useful presents :)

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  6. Love love love seeing the pile of pressies all stacked up, then loading them into a basket to deliver. It makes me feel like red riding hood without the wolf breathing down my neck.
    It means the hard work is done - selecting, buying, wrapping and it's all good fun from there . . . .

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  7. Rebecca Baker (sqiggles83@hotmail.com)November 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    My fave Part of giving is when i make up beautiful Home made platters of rum balls, apricot balls, scotch finger bikkies, rocky road and other tasty treats and go and give them to the homeless. Id say its the only gift they recieve and the looks on their face are priceless and they are so appreciative! I love doing it!

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  8. I love hiding chocolate surprises in presents...so just when they think they know what they are getting they get a extra surprise...feels good just to give...

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  9. I love wrapping presents like a pass-a-parcel so there are layers upon layers of wrapping!

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  10. Some great presents in there! My favourite part is getting someone something that they actually use, and then watching/hearing about them, using it. Makes me happy :)

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  11. I love making personalised, homemade gifts for all my family and friends. Taking the time to think about them....this year I'm making cocoa body butter for them all.

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  12. Tweeted this too...nicmc6
    Nicdan81@bigpond.com

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  13. Follow Howards Storage world on Bloglovin

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  14. We have a family tradition of sticking chocolate coins on the "from Santa' presents. Everyone looks for the coins-they are usually attached to the special presents.

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  15. MY favourite part of gift giving is when I give a gft to someone who wasn't expecting a gift as to see the look of surprise and happinesson people's face's is priceless.

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  16. I love to give every one something totally ridiculous...with a little note hidden in with it to tell them where to look for their real present.....the looks on everyone’s faces are priceless and they're just so relieved my real presents are always welcome

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  17. I usually make my friends jewellery for my girlfriends and biscuits for male friends and I make my own Christmas Cards so I love to see their reactions when they open their gifts and cards.

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  18. I have learned something, I had no idea Howards sold cute little gifts. I guess that comes from living 130kms away from the nearest store! I am definately making the trip!

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  19. I love wrapping the gift up and prettying it up with ribbons and bows...my favourite part would have to be watching the person opening it up and seeing the excitement in their face, such enjoyment!

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  20. I love seeing the look on the recipient's face when they open the present... sometimes though it can backfire if they don't like the gift you've selected... ooopsies!!

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  21. The SUSPENSE of waiting to give the present and then WATCHING them opening the present and then to see if the LOVE the present.
    Its like watching a movie - it could be HORROR or ROMANTIC!

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  22. The enjoyment I bring to someone else

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  23. I love the relief I feel when I finally find the one thing I know they will love. I only want the best for my friends and family

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  24. My most favourite part of the girft giving is the wrapping of the presents, as I think and imagine how wonderfully excited the person or kid is going to be when they open the present, even more so when it is a gift for one of the gift trees that department stores have, knowing that a child or person somewhere is going to get a gift that they wouldnt normally be getting. it warms even the darkest of hearts and always fills me with a glow that can not be taken away

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  25. I love searching for that perfect, unique little pressie that suits the recepient to a tea!

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  26. Giving makes my heart fill with joy! Presents are another way of saying, many blessings for christmas and the new year, and I love you! coastalkaryn@live.com.au

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  27. Seeing the look on my loved ones face when they open their present and find something that they actually like.

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  28. I love Christmas ,I love to give presents but most of all I get to see my 2 boy's who live in QLD as they are both in the Air Force .Merry Christmas everyone :)


    cjcomping@bigpond.com

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  29. I love taking time selecting the perfect gift for the person recieing it, then wrapping it lovingly with handmade cards, I love watching the person unwrap it delicately anticapting whats inside, and the joyous hug I get afterwards. No better gift than one given and received in love.

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  30. After I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now
    on each time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment.
    There has to be a way you are able to remove me from that service?
    Thank you!
    Here is my page numerology calculation

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  31. I love making wrapping paper with my little boys. They love handing over presents wrapped in their own handiwork and family members love it as much as their presents.

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  32. The game of tetris to fit all presents, pavlova, dogs, kids, hubby and esky in the car on Christmas day!

    starbabe1927@gmail.com

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  33. My favourite part is seeing the excitement on my kids faces when they wake up and I tell them, YES - you can FINALLY open the presents!
    They honestly don't know what to do with themselves!

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  34. Kim m galwayst@hotmail.comNovember 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I love wrapping presents with my daughter, she loves writing the gift stickers out and I think its so funny that all tags are written out from her perspective, ie, when wrapping a present that I am giving my Mum, she writes it out "to nanny"

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  35. I love watching people open their presents, especially my sons. The look on their faces and all the excitement is the best feeling.

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  36. Smiles on faces and feasts on the tables,
    Magical lights and hand written labels.
    Brightly wrapped gifts that Christmas does bring,
    These are a few of my favourite things.

    Green bushy trees and freshly baked treats,
    Carrots for Rudolph along with Santa's sweets.
    Summer weather that has followed Spring,
    These are a few of my favourite things.

    My 2 mini me's excited for Santa,
    The chaos that flows while my relos'; they banter.
    Carols by candlelight and my worn apron strings,
    These are a few of my favourite things.

    When the mozzies bite,
    And the kids' fight.
    When I'm feeling tired,
    I simply look around at all of the cheer,
    And then I feel re-inspired...
    ...I heart the silly season... :-)

    allisonb@live.com.au

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  37. I like to buy a present that means a lot , I love to secretly listen through-out the year (and even take notes) on things that would be the perfect gift..
    It doesn't have to be expensive, if I can find the ultimate gift for Twenty dollars I will. Its like perfume, anyone can find an expensive perfume it takes thought to find the perfect scent.

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  38. I love that look on someones face as the open that perfect and thoughtful gift.

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  39. My favourite part of gift giving is the act of generosity.
    I donate each year to a charity (this year, my three daughters and I chose items from the Unicef page, and the money goes to those less fortunate. It's a great way to teach my children how to be giving. In past years, we have purchased from the Smiles catalogue from World Vision.)
    I also place gifts under the Wishing Tree at KMart. Even though I will never see the gift being opened, just knowing that I have help contribute to another person's happiness is an extraordinary feeling.
    This is why I will never stop believing that Christmas is special and magical. It is a wonderful time of the year.

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  40. I think the favourite part of gift giving is that you spend time thinking about a person with love and choosing something very special for them. :)

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  41. My favourite part of gift-giving is the whole lot!! From Sussing out what the person wants, planning when and where to buy it and hide it, wrapping, anticipating how much they'll like it and then watching their face as they open it. Giving is the best part of Christmas!

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  42. I tweeted https://twitter.com/MummeHalfdozen/status/272657169374142464

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  43. I posted and shared on Facebook. Love the ideas here; thanks for sharing them! Karinna

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  44. Sourcing the perfect gift is my forte. I love seeing the look of surprise on my family and friends faces when they open up their present as see something amazing.

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  45. I love knowing how much the kids will LOVE what I've picked. Their squeals, hugs and "Thank YOU Mum!"s... are everything I need.
    :D

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  46. I followed the HSW blog too! ;)

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  47. I too love the whole gift giving process - from setting the budget and keeping to it, to finding just the right thing and I take such pleasure in wrapping the gift too!

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  48. I am now a follower of the Howards Insider Blog too!

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  49. I love wrapping them up & seeing the look of delight when they recieve it.

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  50. Following Howards Storage blog.

    froggypants88@hotmail.com

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  51. The BEST part of gift giving is the joy in peoples eyes
    My nerves are nearly shot with 'Will they like it? Is it the right size?'
    When they open up their presents and its something to excite
    My little gift of joy makes my heart sing with delight!

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  52. I have also tweeted your giveaway. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!! Ho..Ho..Hope its just magic!

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  53. My favourite part about gifting this year is educating Miss 5 and Master almost 3 on how if we just get a couple of things rather than a bucketload of presents - we will have more money available to support our two compassion.com.au sponsor kids. Recognising that one or two less presents for each of us can build a house for our sponsor kids is a revelation of the true meaning of Christmas. So while I loathe shopping for presents - I do love that look on a persons face when they open thier presie and love it. But at the end of the day - it's about appreciating what we've got and acknowledging that we are incredibly blessed to live the life we do and passing on the JOY of Christmas and the true spirit of LOVE and GRACE and HOPE to people who need that HOPE more than anything else.

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  54. I love the challenge of finding the perfect unique gift for each person, Howards Storage makes this easy.

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  55. i love giveing someone a gift and see their excitment on their face,
    i love indivdual and exciting gifts out of the ordinary personalised presents

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  57. My favourite part of gift giving is designing and ordering the 'photo' gifts. Every year nanna and grandad (or Oma and Opa as they are named in our family), receive calendars and coffee cups with photos of the the three boys. It's always 'their' gift to them. The boys will sit with me and pick their favourite photos to put on the mugs/calendars. Of course, their favourite and my favourite are never the same (and there have been some shockers in the calendars!). Great fun, we will be doing it this weekend!

    Tweeted.

    nsstoute@gmail.com

    Merry Christmas :)

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  58. Instead of gift tags on al the presents I add a photo of child on my homemade gift tag, that way impatient kiddos don't have to wait for tired parents who are not octopuses to hand out gifts as quickly as they would like!

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  59. I love hearing my girls say things like, "I always wanted that", "it's just what I wanted", "Wow, awesome". I love that they are so excited when they come and wake us, it reminds me of my Christmas mornings as a kid.

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  60. It's not that hard
    To make a lovely Christmas card
    Red, silver, gold and green
    On the mantle to be seen
    Brings a lot of Christmas cheer
    And that is what we all want to hear!

    from Michelle D (details emailed)

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  61. Shared https://twitter.com/popeyes_girl_22/status/273242542286467073

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  62. I think deeply and long, its true,
    about each individual.
    I take the time to select the perfect gift.
    Its almost like a ritual -

    I wrap it carefully, nice and neat,
    then add some ribbon or twine.
    what a treat!

    with a curl to the ribbon,
    hand made gift tag attached,
    I smile with delight, at the thought
    of the person this gift is matched.

    I pour love into each one,
    and send them off with a special wish..
    that each receiver will love their gift
    as much as I loved giving it =)

    LJStephensen@gmail.com

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  63. Foster mummy to five,
    Christmas is the one time of year that our family truly does thrive,
    Our money, time and spirits we devote,
    For our charity of choice we all vote!
    The Westmead Children’s Hospital Toy Drive AWAYS wins hands down,
    Our mission is to give smiles and remove sadness and frowns!
    The months of November and December we shop EVERYDAY!
    For gifts to read, clothes to wear AND of course wondrous toys to play!
    The children we give to find the inner strength to confront danger, difficultly or fear,
    AND when we deliver the gifts each year the staff and children always CHEER!
    We make a true difference to just ONE little person’s life not just ONE day,
    This year we’ve decided to build a DIY Christmas sleigh,
    Daddy, the kids and I have already started to create,
    To see it completed we can hardly wait!
    Our gifts of kindness opens options, hope and possibilities,
    Transporting each child far from their sickness and a chance to focus on their abilities!
    This is truly the most favourite part of why we give!
    Bringing comfort and bliss to children that are struggling to live!
    Thanks for such a great comp and the chance to share,
    Because Christmas is a time that we should all reflect and care…

    from Anna (details emailed)

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  64. I love the moment when families and friends unwrap their gifts to find out what surprise inside.

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  65. Tweeted this giveaway: https://twitter.com/lindtar/status/273284089723899904

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  66. Following the Howards Insider blog via bloglovin (No.23)

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  67. My favourite part is seeing the person's face light up when they get something totally unexpected, but something they absolutely love!
    amy.louise85@hotmail.com

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  68. Knowing that i was able to make someone happy through the gift of giving means more to me than anything else at Christmas. Seeing people, especially kids, so happy and laughing with/at their gift is truly heart warming.

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  69. Seeing their face light up and just enjoying the moment is great
    arballantyne@dodo.com.au

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  70. I love wrapping the gifts so they look really pretty, lots of sparkle & bows! My only worry is that they look too lovely and the recipient might be disappointed with the contents!

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  71. Coffee morning girls that have been meeting up for 20 yrs...the best part is our Christmas lunch...we bring a plate of our favourite food for each other to share..and we do pressies at a certain price, we also try to outdo each other with wrapping (often recycling bits and pieces from other xmas gifts - makes it challenging but artistic!) Its not about the cost, present etc...its about a fabulous time together!!

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  72. my favourite part of gift giving is the look on someones face when they are least expecting it. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Love it

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  73. I love everything about gift giving, from the planning, the shopping, the wrapping and the giving.

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  74. My favourite part of gift giving at Christmas is picking the present out for each person so that the gift reflects some of the things that particular person likes in terms of hobbies or munchies. Occasionally I have someone who is just to difficult to buy for and then I give a donation to a charity in their name. I select a charity that I think they would appreciate. For example an animal lover, I'd give a gift to the RSPCA.

    Christmas to me however is more than just gift giving. For friends and family, it is not gifts that they will remember about the Christmas season it is the people they were with and the memories created. In the end it will not matter whether a gift was given or received. There was a time not long ago when I couldn't afford to give gifts and so I would invite family and friends over for a simple afternoon tea and each would bring a plate. I also babysat for a a friend as a gift for Christmas so her and her husband could spend some time alone.

    Spending time with the ones you love is one of the best ways to make Christmas special. Go carolling, visit a nativity at a local church, spend a Saturday baking Christmas gifts as a family. They are guaranteed to remember these things long after they've forgotten the expensive box of chocolates or the seven pairs of underwear they received and the memories will be treasured for ever!

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  76. Tweeted on twitter - https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Looking+for+Secret+Santa+ideas%3F+Enter+the+%40HowardsStorage+giveaway+at+%40BeautifullyOrg%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F10q9oMw&source=clicktotweet

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  77. I love that one night of the year when you find yourself up late, in the quiet of the night, humming Christmas carols with perhaps a glass of wine in your hand and wrapping everyone's presents up beautifully - just imagining the smile on everyone's faces when they peel back the wrapping to discover what you've chosen for them!
    I also love the absolute joy when the lucky family member of that year finds a damn good dose of glitter and sequins hidden amongst the layers of their wrapping paper... it's something of a joke which has been carrying on for years, an absolute mess gets left behind but goodness it worth the raucous laughter around the tree!

    gems_k (@) hotmail (.) com

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  78. My favourite part of gift giving is giving to others who really need it. Everyone at work gives myself and a colleague a whole range of items and we sell it all off at a local swap meet. With the proceeds we then go shopping! We buy lots of presents for all different aged children and then drop them off wrapped, labelled with ages at our local mission who then distribute the gifts to local families who need them. I used to work in a school that was in the catchment area for a children's home and even though material things are not ultimately important, a new toy at Christmas means such a lot of excitement and joy to them.

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  79. I love seeing the look on someone's face when they get a present, it's such a great feeling! :)

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  80. My favourite part of gift giving is making somebody else happy, I love to put a smile on somebody's face :)

    mogy1808@gmail.com

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  81. tweeted https://twitter.com/mogy37/status/273559688468131840

    mogy1808@gmail.com

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  82. Following Howards Insider blog - Michelle Gray

    mogy1808@gmail.com

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  83. my favorite part of gift giving is seeing the look of excitement in peoples eyes when they get a gift,watching them open it and hoping they like it.

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  84. tweeted https://twitter.com/dzrbenson/status/273586563806547968

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  85. We love the look on the childrens faces when they open their pressies to see what was left for them under the tree

    Kerryanne B
    Bourke1@exemail.com.au

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  86. Tweeted (auntka5)

    Kerryanne B
    Bourke1@exemail.com.au

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  87. Bloglovin follower!!

    Kerryanne B
    Bourke1@exemail.com.au

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  88. Seeing my kids faces when they receive something that that have really really really wanted!

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  89. The excitment on their face so then you know you have chosen the perfect gift

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  90. dfarrugia5@bigpond.com

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  91. I like finding the perfect gift, something noone would ever think to get the person, that is uniquely for them.

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  92. I love to buy presents and put them under the 'charity' tree at department stores. I imagine the face of the child as he or she unwraps the gift and knows Santa has been to their home.. I enjoy Christmas morning thinking of the small faces when they uncover a truck or a doll, etc.

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  93. Hiding the gifts from my kids and Husband so they all are very surprised on christmas day.

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  94. Hiding the gifts from my kids and Husband so they all are very surprised on christmas day.
    kecomp@yahoo.com.au Kristy

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  95. It's the joy I receive as i think of my friends and famiily, of their likes and hopes and dreams, of finding the perfect gift, wrapping it so they cannot guess what it is and then then sitting back and watching the joy in their faces as they open it.





    nelle@eponine.com.au

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  96. I love to wrap my presents beautifully with big bows.

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  97. I love buying something for our school's gift drive each year, to donate to underpriveleged kids...it is a good feeling helping out in a small way.

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  98. Tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/ceciliabell/status/273679063376338946

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  99. I'm a wrapper,
    I love to wrap,
    With bells and whistles,
    And things that go snap,
    Bows and ribbons,
    And gift tags and crepe! ;)

    lucywins70@twitter

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    1. Oops... I also follow Howards blog and retweeted :)

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  100. The smile on the face of the gift receiver
    make my heart warm - it's so nice to please your
    family and friends
    with trinkets and trends

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  101. I love the tradition of wrapping presents on Christmas Eve, in front of Carols by Candlelight, a glass of Christmas cheer to help me along (helps with the dance actions when Hi-5 arrive on stage ;p).

    lettuce71@hotmail.com

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  102. My older sister still hasn't outgrown the need to 'accidentally find out' (take a peep!) at her Christmas presents. So my favourite part of gift wrapping is trying to ensure that she can't peep without being sprung! This year we are using a few layers of wrapping paper and strong sticky tape. In previous years we have placed the gift in a much bigger box to disguise its shape and placed a bell inside so that everytime she took a sneaky peak her children would hear. All lots of fun! russellcathryn at yahoo.com.au

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  103. I love the actual getting organised to shop for gifts - I trawl through catalogues, cut out potential gift ideas, glue them all into a little 'booklet' with names on each page and then hit the shops - yeah, I am a little weird!
    larabelle68@gmail.com

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  104. MY favourite part of gift giving is helping my twin boys choose gifts and items for Operation Christmas child x 2 !
    I am delighted that they will grow up understanding the joy of making an two unknown little boys' world at Christmas - with the basic things we take for granted ...soap, comb a ball and even a t-shirt.

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  105. I love wrapping gifts and put my heart and soul into making everything look too good to open! Every Boxing Day I buy many rolls of beautiful Christmas wrapping paper and pretty ribbons at a fraction of the original cost and put away until needed the following year. If I give a male a bottle of wine I will make a bow tie out of ribbon to go around the neck of the wrapped bottle. I make ribbon rosettes to put on the girls gifts and lots of curly bouncey things as well. Sometimes I just tie a pretty bow. I really enjoy myself and everyone looks forward to seeing what I have done every Christmas.

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  106. i love searching for the perfect gift - the thrill of the chase

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  107. My favourite part of gift giving is always the anticipation - will they like it? Have I chosen well? I like to imagine their faces when they open their presents and how happy it will make them :) I put lots of thought into presents so this usually DOES eventuate!

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