In the busier seasons of life special occasions seem to creep up on me before I've had a chance to prepare for them. This brings a last minute brain drain thinking what to give, where I can purchase the present/s, and do I have enough wrapping supplies of the right kind?
Do you find yourself doing this?
Back HERE I talked with you about my feelings on the importance of writing, sending cards and letters - old fashioned and wonderful snail mail correspondence.
Afterwards I gathered together all the unused cards I'd purchased over the years, their envelopes and a large pack of postage stamps, and stored everything in a lovely box on my desk, ready for writing, addressing and posting. Having them right at my fingertips makes it so much easier to follow through when I have an idea to connect with a friend or family member.
Yesterday, I made an addition to my correspondence supplies.
You see, my little grandson Dee is turning seven next weekend and though I had his present purchased I did not have suitable wrapping paper for a fellow of his lean years.
Which then gave me course to consider that I did not have any wrapping paper on hand at all, no matter whose birthday it was.
Years ago in Australia we had a chain of stores called the "$2 Shop", and though they have long since passed away, we do still have 'cheap' shops where you can buy some lovely things to decorate your home, crafty-style play items for children, candles etc. They also have pretty sheets of gift wrap for just 50c each and a generous choice of children's $1 birthday cards!
So off I went to stock up...
I like to wrap a pretty bow around parcels when they are for a female recipient, so rolls of organza ribbon were also on my list as they are quite inexpensive. I can wrap between 8 and 10 gifts from one roll...
I didn't forget to add some boy-style paper and a card to my basket of purchases either.
In years past Mr E and I have spent some quite substantial dollars on birthday cards for young children and grandchildren that quite honestly get a cursory glance and end up in the bin, so we decided that wasn't the way to go anymore. The extra expense we save allows a little more to go towards the gift (or postage).
Home again, I filled this lovely little Audrey Hepburn suitcase that once belonged to Blossom with my stash of gift wrappings...
That's the key to being 'gift' organised I think - having things you'll need in one place, and replenishing the supply every few months as your stash dwindles.
Loving this wonderful year and the ideas it brings with it.