Fabric of my Life.

Tag: Gifting

Gift from the heart.

Ding dong, ding dong… it’s that time of year again! I had to do a quick check, but it’s actually been 4 years since I put together a round up of Christmas gifting ideas for the blog.   Which is crazy, because it’s something I absolutely looove doing, but I think in recent years the relentless rate of consumerism during the festive season has really worn me down. Do I really need to be promoting yet more consumption at this

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Northern Tidings.

It’s supposed to be the ‘happiest time of the year’, but the festive season has – justifiably so, really – come in for a lot of criticism over the past few years for it’s negative effect on collective mental health, as well as the environment.  I’ve spent my own fair share of years bemoaning christmas festivities but I’ve made peace with the season in recent times, developing my own traditions and setting personal boundaries that allow me to enjoy the

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No time like the present.

It’s beginning to look a lot like..  that time of year again!   I’ve written before about the pressures of the holiday season to find the perfect gift for all the important – and sometimes not so important – people in our life, and often end up spending money we can’t really spare but, ’tis the season and all that.   My close friends and I long ago gave up the tradition of gift giving this time of year, and

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Shop Small: Gifts over £50

When it comes to spending sizeable chunks of money on gifts for your loved ones, it makes sense to be investing in products that are lovingly handcrafted, promoting ethical and sustainable practices and giving a little back to the community, right? I find it fascinating that, while people are more open to the idea of buying small craft pieces from designer-makers at markets and fairs these days, when it comes to spending a little bit more they tend to revert

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Shop Small: Gifts under £50

When it comes to gifts for your nearest and dearest, where you’re more likely to be spending a little more cash (although this is most definitely not necessary – some of the most personal gifts can cost nothing!), its important to take time to gift thoughtfully. I wrote last year about how I planned to find myself a quiet, cosy corner in which to contemplate, mug of mulled wine in hand and festive tunes on the stereo, thinking over the

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Shop Small: Gifts under £25

Choosing to shop independent at Christmas is the very best way to see your festive sparkle spread far and wide. Not only will you be gifting your loved ones with a beautiful and thoughtfully crafted present, you’ll also be giving a wonderful gift to the independent business owner too. Whether they are the designer/maker of the product or the curator of a beautifully edited boutique (be it bricks and mortar, or online), they will have poured their hearts and souls

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