Not long to go til the big day, so it’s time to start thinking about the festive table. Here’s an easy and pretty idea for your place cards.
Find my full tutorial on Polka Dot Bride.
While I’m busily finishing off our Christmas decorating (bit late to the party this year), I thought I’d take a look back at previous years’ Christmas trees.
Last Christmas we were overseas so I didn’t put up a tree. After a year off I am so excited so be putting up the decorations! I’m going back to the white branches but with a different colour scheme. Stay tuned!
Can you believe it’s only two weeks until the big man in red returns? I have not given Christmas nearly enough thought given it’s already mid-December. I’ve got the box of decorations down but haven’t gotten a lot further than that – oops!
I’ll be back in a couple of days with photos of this year’s decorations. In the meantime, we’d better announce the winner of this week’s Target gift card giveaway…
The winner is Jessie who shared her budget-friendly gift strategy:
We have 12 kids so saving money is important to us – we buy when sales are on, buy quality (there is no point going to a $2 shop and buying rubbish that will be thrown out) and make gifts (which is a lot of fun with the kids helping).
Wow, Harriet! Christmas must be such a joyful time in your home with such a large family. I hope the voucher helps a bit!
This post is sponsored by Target.
Our first order of business today is to announce the winner of last week’s Target gift card giveaway.
The winner had to be Harriet who confessed her worst gift-giving moment:
One year my uncle asked for fertiliser (he was getting into gardening). So, I bought it and I thought I wrapped it up quite beautifully. When we arrived at the family christmas party, his flight was delayed and he was extremely late. Everybody was asking what the horrible smell was in the big package in the corner! In hindsight.. Who really wants a bag of poo for christmas? Wish I thought of that at the time!
Oh dear! I’ll contact you with details on your prize, which you could use to make up to your uncle with a less smelly gift this year!
1. Hat 2. Watch 3. Gold flats 4. iPad cover 5. iPod cover 6. The Sims game 7. Cake decorating kit 8. The Hunger Games 9. Headphones 10. Speakers 11. String lights 12. Votive 13. Cushion 14. Skateboard 15. Sneakers
And for the little ones…
16. Suitcase 17. Ride-on car 18. Paddling pool 19. Max Steel DVD 20. Up DVD 21. Uno game 22. Lego 23. Monsters plush toy 24. Play-Doh set 25. Planes toy 26. Roald Dahl collection 27. Nintendo kit 28. Little Big Planet game 29. Bubble lawn mower 30. Football
I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment and tell us your favourite budget-friendly gift giving ideas and the best answer will win!
Competition closes midnight Monday 9th December and winner will be announced on Wednesday 11th December. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.
Here’s a fun little DIY to finish off the week. Find the details over on Polka Dot Bride.
Happy Thanksgiving to my lovely American readers! My folks are in the US at the moment spending the holiday with my brother and sister-in-law and meeting my new baby nephew – I’m so jealous! Even though we don’t celebrate it here, it’s a lovely reminder to count my blessings.
This post is sponsored by Target.
Before we get into today’s gift roundup, I must announce the winner of last week’s Target gift card giveaway.
Your entries for the worst gift ever had me in tears of laughter! But there can only be one winner, and I couldn’t go past the misfortune of Crystal who said this:
“My worst gift is easy. One year my grandma bought me a three pack of hankies (in a box). They were a bit wrinkled, and upon opening, found one was used. UGH. Worst regift ever.”
Eww! Congratulations, Crystal! I will email you for details on your prize. Oh, and I’m sure no one would hold it against you if you used it to buy a present for yourself
We had gift ideas for the ladies last week and now it’s the fellas’ turn. Here are 30 gift ideas under $30 for your boyfriend/husband, brother and dad.
1. Wine rack 2. Stemless wine glasses 3. Cookbook 4. Knife 5. Slate cheese board 6. Umbrella 7. Scarf 8. Satchel 9. Shoes 10. Belt 11. Beach chair 12. Beach towel 13. Board shorts 14. Cooler 15. iPod dock & accessory kit
16. Cookbook 17. Chopping board 18. Creme brulee kit 19. Dinner set 20. Pot plant 21. Storage containers 22. Cushion 23. Flat cap 24. Watch 25. Tie 26. Suspenders 27. Book 28. iPad cover 29. Trunks 30. Video game
I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment and ‘fess up to the worst present you’ve ever given and the best answer will win!
Competition closes midnight Monday 2nd December and winner will be announced on Wednesday 4th December. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.
My latest project is up on Polka Dot Bride.
It was designed as a sweet wedding favour, but without the wedding-specific label it would make a great idea for homemade Christmas gifts.
P.S. Don’t forget about the free blog event I’m speaking at tonight at Woodcroft Library! Meet some likeminded people and ask some local lifestyle bloggers about why they blog and the future of the industry. Hope to see you there!
“Christmas?! What the hell, woman, it’s barely the middle of the year!’
To that I say, YES I am talking about Christmas now – for good reason.
The Man and I recently added a Christmas fund to our variety of mini savings accounts. We put in $10 a week, which we don’t miss at all, but will net us $520 by the time Santa shows up. Even if you start mid-year you’ll have $260 which is a big help.
Gifts are the most obvious expense but there’s also travel, entertaining, activities, Christmas cards, extra groceries, perhaps new party outfits, the list goes on… All these expenses at once can turn a fun time into a stressful one (or worse, one that you’re paying off well into next year).
Just a few dollars a week – whatever you can spare – will have you on your way to a relaxed and fun holiday season.
So this weekend, why don’t you start a Christmas savings fund?