#BloopLovesXmas Christmas Feature: Last-minute Xmas Gifts!

Has life gotten in the way and left you with little to-no-time-at-all to even think about Christmas gifting? The truth of the matter is, we’ve all been there and Christmas has snuck up on us with no warning! If you’re finding yourself in this dilemma but still want to give your loved ones something thoughtful, then we have the guide for you. Here’s our guide to last-minute Christmas gifts:

Gig/Concert Tickets:

Is a loved one a massive music lover? If you’ve got a fair bit of money behind you, buying gig tickets is one of the best gifts you could give them. While showing (if only slightly fibbing) you’ve made the effort, it shows your loved one that you’ve taken an interest in their taste of music as well. Gutted you didn’t manage to get those Adele tickets at first sale? Ebay will sort you out! If you are willing to pay a fair bit of money for them that is…

Get Baking:

Christmas and feasting go hand-in-hand, and one of the easiest and more personable gifts you could give is food; i.e, YOU making something tasty! Anyone will appreciate that you’ve taken time (or the night before) to bake, and you could even get another family member to help you if need be. So why not bake something traditionally festive such as a gingerbread house? There are tons of recipes online.

Jewellery:

Yes this might seem a little obvious to some, but if you happen to be gifting for a girlfriend, sister or female friend, jewellery is the perfect go-to gift. If she’s particularly girly, something dainty and sparkle will no doubt get her attention. What’s even better is that you don’t have to burn a whole in your pocket with this type of gift either, as you can choose from nearly any shop on the high-street.

Something for the Men:

It is often said that men are notoriously hard to buy for, especially at Christmas; but this doesn’t have to be! If he’s a sports lover, a football biography perhaps? Or a massive geek, get him his own BB8 toy? Usually if you stick to the basics you’ll be able to find something he’ll love.

And if all else fails…

CHOCOLATE! You can never go wrong with it. If you want to go the extra mile, stop by your local Thorntans or Hotel Chocolate, they have a wide range of Christmas gifts that are utterly delicious.

Feeling less panicky now? Wonderful. From all of us at Bloop, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

#BloopLovesXmas Christmas Feature: Tips on Getting into the Christmas Spirit.

So December is here, and its (now) ok to start putting up your festive decorations and get into the full-swing of the Christmas spirit. Although, getting everything ready for Christmas on top of life’s normal responsibilities can be often at times extremely daunting. We will be the first to admit that we’ve honestly lost count on the times Christmas has suddenly crept its way back into our lives with that seems like no warning at all! Due to this, it can be difficult to not get stressed out by the thought of being ready, which can dampen the exciting of the holiday season. Which is why knowing how to get ready for Christmas and taking the right steps to make sure you are ready usually helps in making people feel nicely festive.

Gift Shop in Advance

Naturally, one of the main priorities for Christmas is buying gifts, so try not the leave it to the last minute! A mad rush to find everyone the perfect gift is just pain stressful, and won’t do you any favors in  helping you feel merry – quite the opposite we imagine. Therefore, try to get shopping as soon as you are able to so that it is a calming and enjoyable experience. You could even make a day of it with friends…providing you buy their presents beforehand!

 Take a trip to a Christmas Market

With stalls containing unique gift ideas, rides for kids and many pop-up cafes full of delicious treats, Christmas Markets are sure to get you into the spirit of Christmas. Take the night-off from decorating the tree and bask in authentic Christmas attractions, the atmosphere alone will put you in a cheery mood.

Stay Positive

While Christmas can be an enjoyable time of year, it can also be one of the most stressful – which is why it’s important to have a positive outlook on things no matter how hard it can be at times. If something doesn’t work out like you expected, shake it off and put a positive spin on it. Christmas is about being with loved ones and celebrating what you have, so don’t worry so much and think positive thoughts to lift your spirits.

Help Out

One of the best things about Christmas is that it gives you the chance to give something back, so why not help out at a charity? Nothing quite matches the feeling of doing something productive and helping out those less fortunate, and it might remind you why you should be thankful as well. There are tons of charities that fundraise through Christmas, so get out there and get involved.

 The trick is the keep reminding yourself the true reason for Christmas and not to sweat the small stuff, and hopefully keeping these tips in mind should get you feeling a little more festive!