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With Christmas less than a month away, it’s safe to say it’s pretty close now. With only a few weeks to go it’s time to start fully preparing for the big day, organising my Christmas shopping, and have a few Christmas parties along the way. I’m always a pretty last minute person when it comes to Christmas gifts, even now it’s the end of November and I’ve not bought a single gift, oops.

I don’t know what it is about Christmas shopping, but it makes me panic. When buying gifts for everyone I always feel like it has to be extra special. If you go into any shop around Christmas time you’ll find hundreds of gift sets, so there’s no shortage of ideas. Something I like to do is to is to make my own gifts for everyone. It started one year when I was unemployed as a way to save money on gifts, but then I found that everyone really enjoyed my homemade presents so I’ve started to create more. The only down side to creating homemade gifts, is you have to start preparing them quite far in advance. I’ve only made a few so far, so I need to get a move on!

Of course there’s not just Christmas gifts to think of at this time of year, but Christmas parties! I’ve got most of my Friday and Saturday nights booked up in December for Christmas parties and get togethers with my friends. Instead of going out for dinners and having big parties, my friends and I like having little get togethers over dinner and mulled wine while we exchange gifts.

When I have my friends over to mine I always make sure my flat is looking super pretty and festive. As well as decking the (halls) whole place out in tinsel and fairy lights, I find a huge bunch of flowers can make the place look really cosy and warm, making any home look very festive.

 Do you have anything you like to use or make to prepare for Christmas? What’s your favourite thing about gifts and parties?