With the current cost of living crisis, every penny really counts this year!
I therefore hope you find this post helpful and that big isn't necessarily better. You can gift small meaningful presents which can really touch a person's heart.
First up, gifts for book lovers. Who doesn't love a good book!
Bookmarks are the perfect little token to give the special someone in your life. You could even accompany it with a particular book for the gift recipient. There are 4 different designs to choose from on my website from Union Jack hearts to polka dot teapots. Personally, I think the teapot ones goes brilliantly with teatime books, especially if you know someone who is ga ga for afternoon tea! Shop British Bookmarks
Who doesn't love receiving a sentimental ornament at Christmastime? If you know an expat who is a little homesick for home this Christmas or someone who just LOVES all things British, then these decorations are a must! They are the perfect size to fit through someone's letter box as well. There are lots of different designs to choose from including: Union Jacks, corgis, black cabs, red buses, London landmarks, crowns and other iconic British motifs. Shop Christmas Ornaments
Finally, who doesn't love a storage bin? The are great for putting car keys, jewelry, hair accessories, sweeties or all those annoying little bits and bobs that you have no idea where to store. These fabric bins come in 4 different designs ranging from Union Jacks, Scottish flags to more festive ones with gnomes on. Shop Storage Bins
I hope this inspires you and that you don't need to spend a fortune this year. Also, to help you get through the Christmas season, here is a recipe for something us Brits enjoy drinking to get us in the festive mood.
Mulled Wine Recipe
- 1/2 bottle red wine
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 star anise
- 2 cloves
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 lemon sliced
- 50g / 1 3/4oz brown sugar
Combine all the ingredients in your slow cooker and cook on low until warm (1-2 hours, depending on your slow cooker). Alternatively, place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer gently for 6-8 minutes, without boiling.
To serve, pour the mulled wine into heatproof glasses.
(Ainsley Harriott recipe from BBC Food website)