Sunday, 17 December 2017

More About Gifts - Essentials

In previous posts on here and on eve.com.mt, I have covered gifts I would love to receive (http://vintagehew.blogspot.com.mt/2017/12/what-id-like-for-christmas.html) and experience gifts (http://www.eve.com.mt/2017/12/08/10-non-material-christmas-gift-ideas/) but truly, since I am quite selective in keeping any material things at all and that the experience gifts I mention are alluring yet not really essential ones, I will turn today to mentioning some gifts that will always be appreciated and valued exactly because they are indispensable and will anyway have to be bought by the receiver if not gifted to him/her.

First up is a mobile top-up card. True that many people nowadays have a fixed pre-paid plan for their phone, but many does not mean all. After all the plans are pretty costly so those of us who do not as a rule use their mobile phone for work often opt for the good old manual pay-per-use top-up, online or through a card. I would appreciate such a gift as it would save me money, provide a needed service and not have an expiry date to use either.

Money with instructions to use for fuel or to top-up the public transport card is also a good idea in my opinion, for who doesn’t love a free trip or two?

A hamper full of food-stuffs that your receiver loves to use rather than one full of chocolate and alcohol that are after all, if appetizing also unhealthy would be another gift I'd love to get. Choose items with a long life. My personal favourites would include pasta, pesto, olives, herbs, pulses and tinned tuna among others but the list will vary from household to household.

Unless your gift receiver has sensitive skin or other particular requirements, a hamper full of toiletries is also an awesome money-saving gift. What’s more, it can include items for all the family, meaning you can get one big gift for all.

Any more ideas about essential gifts to give? Feel free to comment below.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

What I'd Like For Christmas

This article sounds very unlike me. I mean, the things I really want for Christmas can't be bought, as they say. However for the purpose of a more commercial version of what I'd want, there actually are a few items I would love to own, regardless that I am a Minimalist. So here is a list that is by no means exhaustive but which I would never say no to and would actually ask for. In no particular order, here are my winners:

- DVDs.
Am I weird for loving how they look all sitting next to each other on my shelves and packed in lovely storage boxes? One thing I never do is remove DVD boxes to put them all in one case all together. No thanks, it would spoil most of the fun of owning them for me!

- Special Tea, Coffee or Wine
My three comfort drinks and they are consumables to boot, leaving me with no permanent 'thing' to store after I've enjoyed them.

- Candles
I wonder why! I mean, I decorate and decoupage my own candles so I always feel bad when I crave getting store-bought ones. However if someone else were to gift them to me I would not feel that I am being wasteful and appreciate the beautifully decorated ones much more than I appreciate most other types of decor.

- A Cosy PJ
Those button-down shirts and matching comfy pants in flannel that Bridget Jones wears in her 'All By Myself' scene in that first film are really a treat to my tired self throughout the winter months. I never say no to a cosy PJ.

- An Open Voucher from One4All
It can be used in a whole list of varied outlets so you can never go wrong with this one and I might actually get something I need with it rather than random extra stuff just to use up the voucher before it expires.

- A Voucher from a Bookshop
I never say no to a good book. It is true I like to borrow books, get them sponsored, or even at times buy them and then resell after use, but I appreciate the experience of reading them nonetheless and I do have faves that I buy and never part with.

Whilst those are my fave items to get, I do also love experience gifts, maybe even more-so. In fact, I originally had a blog post planned about that but it turned into a fully-fledged article for eve.com.mt so I am linking it here:


Saturday, 2 December 2017

A Practical Item For Your Wardrobe

My blog post is overdue and whilst I have watched a film with the intention of reviewing it and even did some research and a first draft for yet another post, this time Christmas related, both ideas are still in the production phase and I might actually turn the Christmassy one into an article for Eve magazine rather than the blog. And so I am left with nothing to post today and a feeling of guilt that leads me to anyway say something, rather than leave my blog unattended for more days.

In line with my recent announcement that I will be blogging about household management, I decided today to mention a small but very practical item I found to buy online that turned out to be so useful for my wardrobe. I first found out about it through a Facebook advert that led me to a site where the cost per hanger was way too much to be worth trying. However I then looked it up on eBay and got quite a few of them at less than EUR1 each. Not only are they space-saving for those of us with little storage, but also helped me group clothes by type. Now I always know all I have to do is grab the hook and hang it up and voila - my choice of cardigans, stretch trousers, blazers, shirts, or whatever other group of items I am looking up.