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How I get organised for Christmas gift buying

  The best bit of many things is the planning and anticipation. Let's face it writing lists while eating gingerbread and wondering if it's too early to play Christmas music beats dealing with family power struggles about what time to open the gifts and the correct way to eat brandy butter any day. So I look forward to planning what gifts to buy. I have a Christmas shopping day every year with my sister. It gives us a day out together, an opportunity to buy things that we don't want to purchase online and a second opinion on what you those people we're completely stumped over. But before heading off for my seasonal shop I like to set aside an afternoon to plan and put the paperwork in place. My mum taught my sister and I to plan gift buying when we were very young, and I still use the same method today. All those years of working out what I could buy family members with my limited pocket money have engrained the system in me. I mainly use paper but have bought electronic elements into play when they seemed helpful. You start by drawing a grid. In the left hand column you put the names of all people you need to buy gifts for. This has become more limited as I now only have one grandparent left, and with my immediate family we do 'secret Santa' to the value of £10 (fabulous for saving everyone money, preventing purchases of excessive nonsense and for adding a mystery element to the proceedings). Then I add columns for Christmas Day, Boxing... read more

Using your ‘best’ things for everyday

If you’re anything like me, you probably have duplicates of lots of things you own – one set for everyday, one set for “best” or “special occasions”. From stationery to cutlery and shoes to umbrellas, I have always harboured this strange sense of keeping things for a special occasion. Writing last month’s Ink Drops inserts for the monthly boxes, with some glorious metallic pens which definitely fell into the “best” category (see, only the best for you lovely lot!), I found myself revelling in the smooth way the pens moved across the paper, and the shimmer of the ink on the card as I wrote. Why would I keep something that joyful only for special occasions? The set of pens is, after all, replaceable if I wear them all out. Most things are. And if you’ll allow me a hippy moment or two, isn’t it denying the pen its life purpose, to keep it in a box and use it only occasionally? And anyway, why shouldn’t every day be a special occasion of sorts? We are alive, we’re creative, we’re here and we’re loved – what could be more special than that? (I have been reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic – can you tell?) I am keeping this in mind as I unpack my worldly possessions back into my house. Almost nothing is irreplaceable, and those things which are are all the more precious and special for using, and allowing their beauty and rarity into our lives each day. When you adopt it as a philosophy, it’s amazing what it applies to – crockery and kitchen gadgets, nightwear and underwear,... read more

A letter for after I’m dead

  It's the end of October. Our minds can easily turn to thoughts of death. The year is dying. The cold makes us feel our years. Halloween brings ghosts to mind. I've talked before about writing to yourself so that you can remind your future self how you feel right now. In this post I'm thinking again about a letter to the future but not for you to open. You won't be around when this missive from you is opened and read. It's not a will but let me take a moment here to say it is important to make your will. This is the way to ensure that your wishes about your property are carried out after your death. If you have children or other dependants don't delay – make an appointment to sort it out today and book in dates with yourself to review the content. Even with your will made I think there's a need for a second letter. An in-event-of-my-death letter to make things easier for for your nearest and dearest. So what goes in a 'death' letter? I'm including the following (written in green ink naturally): Who to inform of your death Where you will is, who your your executor is and which solicitor holds a copy. What I want my funeral to be like. My will states that I don't want to be embalmed but do want to be cremated. My death letter indicates that I'd like a non religious service, which songs I'd like played, that catering at the wake should be vegan and that I'm not fussed about flowers but they... read more