Most of us love to receive Christmas cards - there's something very satisfying about a big bundle of assorted envelopes that clearly aren't bills dropping through the letterbox. Then there's anticipation as we try to work out who it might be from, do you recognise the writing, is the postmark legible, is there a cheque inside? Then the
Christmas Card Dilemmas begin..........
1. The card-giver isn't on your list, you haven't sent them one
This Friday - 29 November 2013 - is Black Friday. A new one to me until I entered the world of retail and, in spite of the name, not in the least bit scary! Black Friday - what is it?
Don't worry, it's not like Friday 13th and has nothing to do with witches or vampires. In fact, it's a day for some serious retail therapy! In the retail trade it is hailed as the start of the serious Christmas shopping season. This makes sense, last pay day before Christmas and only 26 sleeps until the big day.
It's the 29th October and there are 56 days to go! Have you started your Christmas preparations yet? All of the shops are being stocked up with Christmas goodies, the Christmas catalogues are out in force and a friend of mine has even popped a batch of homemade mince pies into the freezer."Too early!" "I don't even think about it 'til after Bonfire Night" "We haven't even had Hallowe'en yet!" I hear you cry and although I can empathise I firmly believe that your Christmas preparations should start NOW! Here are Fairies top 10 reasons why:
1. The thought really does count!
When you buy early you tend to buy more thoughtfully.
You can choose carefully and buy something that you know the recipient will really like rather than a last minute dash round M&S telling yourself that 'they can always bring it back'.
Wasn't that lovely news about the arrival our new baby prince? A fairy warm welcome to HRH Prince George Alexander Louis. A lovely way to welcome a new baby is with a thoughtful gift, a teddy perhaps or baby clothes..............but coffee and crocodiles?! Read on to find out who gave the royal newborn such strange gifts!
This week I've been on a solo fairy flight to one of my favourite annual events - the Harrogate Home and Gift Fair. I've always wanted to go to a trade fair abroad and this couldn't have come any closer! Hot in every sense of the word.......blue skies, wall-to-wall sunshine, fab hotel, good food, great new gift ideas and lots of lovely happy people.
Although I was a solo fairy, I wasn't alone. My lovely sister, brother-in-law and niece were having a short break there so sis and niece became honorary fairies and joined me on some of my buying sprees. They are already in tune with the Fairies ethos and were soon into sourcing lovely things that they have never seen before...........a tall order for sis as she's an even more frequent visitor to gift shops than I am!
Spring into Summer with a little bit of help from Orli Argan Oil Aromatherapy Massage Candles!
Here in Scotland we've had one 'summery' day this year (Tuesday 7th May 2013 to be exact) which came as a bit of a shock! Suddenly my habitual Scottish weather attire of jeans and jumper didn't seem appropriate but no way was I prepared for warmer weather. Summer dress? Help! That involves exfoliation, waxing, tanning and pedicure at the very least. Yup, it's amazing how a little bit of sun can quickly make you body conscious.
We had a few days in Yorkshire recently and found a few things right up our street - nostalgia, Yorkshire tea always served in a pot, fab customer service, gorgeous art and quirky loveliness. Even a glimpse of what a Gift from Fairies actual shop would look like! Read on and share in our new-found delights.
I am going to treat myself to a new teapot. I don't really need one (already have 2) and it's not my birthday but a revival of the 'tea jenny' in me has sparked off an interest in the whole tea-making ritual.
You know that horrible sinking feeling when you realise you've missed someone's birthday? Or it's a relative's anniversary tomorrow and there's no time to buy and send a gift?
Online gift vouchers, electronic vouchers, e-vouchers......call them what you will they're a godsend when you need a gift in a hurry! And guess what? We now have Gifts from Fairies online gift vouchers!
This Sunday, 25th November 2012, is ‘Stir-Up
Sunday’ - the last Sunday before Advent. The name apparently comes from the Book
of Common Prayer. The prayer for this day included the line ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy
faithful people’. In the olden days, knowing that
Christmas cakes and puddings need a few weeks to mature and with thoughts of
‘stirring up’ in their heads, the ladies of the parish would return home after
church and proceed to ‘stir up’ the Christmas pudding and cake mixtures.
It was Gifts from Fairies official 1st birthday
on Sunday 11th November 2012! A whole year since we first announced
that our website was going live. The quickest year ever. So this blog is a bit of a review, a reflection on our first year in business.
Hundreds of millions of greeting cards are sent every year in the UK. There is a card for every occasion and even in this technological age we continue to enjoy sending and receiving hand-written cards. It is always lovely to receive a card on a special occasion and a perfect way to let our family and friends know that we care about them.
We are going to be very busy fairies between now and Christmas. I was chatting to Santa the other day and he predicts the best Christmas ever. We, of course, agreed to help his prediction come true by having lots of lovely Christmas gifts for you to choose from. Our Christmas theme this year is 'Red, white and reindeer' with a few robins. As well as sharing our fab products here on the website, we will be taking part in lots of fairs and events.
If you're in or around Glasgow (or Edinburgh on 7th October), do pop in and see our lovely gorgeous things in real life - touch them, smell them, experience them in all their glory and benefit from the lower prices we usually offer at such events.
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