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A Christmas Gift Guide For The Creative In You


As November turns into December, the organiser in you starts to get a little panicked due to the prospect that there are only 25 days and counting until Christmas Day – and your Christmas shopping is still not complete! Your diary is turning into a mash-up of family get-togethers and festive parties, and your days for browsing the shops wondering what to get everyone are limited. Finding something that is perfect and personal for each person you love is time-consuming, and with the clock ticking, there may not be enough time to do 30 rounds of M and S before deciding that there’s nothing suitable. Cut out the stress and the middleman by making something personal – and less expensive – for your loved ones.


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Create A Photo Collage

Whether you are giving to a friend or family member, photos are always a great way of giving a personal gift that doesn’t break the bank. Just buy a simple plain white canvas and tastefully display photos from your year together – maybe leave a few spaces for the receiver to put some Christmas snaps in – and it will be sure to be greeted with lots of smiles Christmas Day.


Make A Scarf Or Shawl… Or Even An Embossed Christmas Sack

If you’re really into fashion, and dream of making your own line one day – how about starting small and making a scarf or shawl for a family member. This can be as personal as you like – choose the exact fabric you know they’ll love, and that will match their entire wardrobe – and you can even add their initials for a personal touch. Looking for websites where you can buy bulk fabric and multiple designs will mean you have presents sorted for all your fashion-obsessed friends and family. Plus if you have some left over – you could use the excess fabric to make an embossed stylish Santa sack that can be used year after year. No need to waste money on Christmas gift bags year after year. Win.


Create An A-Z Activity Itinerary for 2018

This one is a little bit of a brain tester for you, and a little bit of challenge to complete for your loved ones next year! This is suitable for a friend, partner or family member – or you could even make it interesting by including the whole family! The idea is to come up with an activity for you to do that starts with each letter of the alphabet – and it is not as easy as it sounds – and you need to complete the alphabet by the end of 2018. From baking to kayaking, and hiking to zorbing finishing off this present could make your head hurt a little – but it will be worth it! Presenting the list in a shopping list format that can be displayed on a loved ones’ fridge means you can tick it off as you go, and keep track of your progress.  


Create A Photo Calendar

Another way to bring a smile to your loved one’s face is to create a calendar for 2018 that has a chosen-by-you picture for every month. They can be themed to the particular month you’re in – like a Halloween photo from this year’s party for October – or be a reminder of a happy memory from 2017.


Please comment if you have tried any of these ideas out, and have fun creating!  


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It’s a real shame that a lot of people end up wanting to hide away when they’re dealing with any kind of illness or discomfort in their lives. There are a lot of reasons for this. One of the most common is simply that people are a little bit ashamed of what they’re going through, whether that’s because of embarrassment or because of some kind of stigma attached to it. Either way, it can often lead to them not being able to live their life the way that they really want to. In order to make sure that doesn’t happen, here are a few of the most common conditions that people don’t like to talk about and how you can stop them from taking over your life.



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IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is one of those things that’s incredibly common but hardly anyone really wants to talk about. Of course, the reason that people don’t want to talk about it is hardly surprising. It’s embarrassing. It involves a pretty private part of your life and the idea of discussing it with anyone, be it a doctor or a friend, hardly seems ideal. However, there are things that you can do, and the best way to find out what those are is to speak to someone. However, you might want to start with keeping a food journal so that you know exactly what you’ve eaten and when. That way you can know which foods to avoid to prevent anything unpleasant happening down the line.


Varicose veins


Varicose veins can be incredibly unpleasant. For a lot of people, one of the main issues is that they just look a little bit ugly. This makes people want to cover them up and ignore the issue, but over time they can get worse and even start to cause serious pain. This kind of pain can actually make it hard to walk at times, so it’s incredibly important that you get them dealt with as soon as possible. Vein treatment is often very simple and quick and can have some remarkable results. Sure any medical procedure can be significant, but you can often end up walking away the very same day without any trouble.


Mental illness

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Of course, not every condition that impacts your daily life is going to be physical. Despite the strides made towards destigmatising it, mental health is still something that a lot of people are very reluctant to speak about at all. This is because of the strange notion that it’s somehow different from a physical illness which is simply not true. The brain is an organ just like any other, and you need to look after it the same way you would the rest of your body.


Of course, it’s possible for any condition to have this kind of impact on your life, which makes it all the more important that you talk to a doctor as soon as possible, no matter what you’re dealing with. You might not think it’s that serious, but it’s always better to get things checked out than to ignore them until they get even worse.



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Have you got plans for New Year’s Eve yet? If not, you better get thinking – we are halfway through November and, before we know it, we’ll be counting down to midnight! If you aren’t anywhere special for the big countdown, you might end up feeling super fed up while entering 2018, and no one wants a rubbish New Year’s Eve!

There’s one way you can ensure that your upcoming New Year’s Eve is one to remember forever – you just need to plan your very own party. If you do, you can ensure that it is absolutely perfect in every way. Ready to start with all the planning? Here are some things you need to keep in mind.

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Consider The Location

Where do you want to host your big New Year’s Eve party? It’s important that your guests will be able to get to the location without any problems. Ideally, it should be somewhere close to public transport links so that guests can get the bus or train. Don’t assume that people will be able to take taxis – New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year for taxi drivers and getting a cab can often be incredibly tricky. If you don’t want to go to the expense of renting out a party venue, you could always host it at home. Just remember that there might be a lot of mess to clean up the next day!

Plan A Theme

You might want to give your party a theme. This is an especially good idea if you want to plan a fancy dress party as it can give people an idea of what costumes to wear. One great theme for New Year’s Eve is sparkles and glitter. Then, everyone can come wearing outfits that are super sparkly and covered in sequins.

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Be Strict With The Guestlist

One of the worst things about New Year’s Eve is that it is so busy. Everyone will want to be out celebrating, so there are crowds everywhere. To make sure that your party doesn’t become too crowded, you should come up with a guest list and stick to it. Send out the invitations to your guests and mention whether they can bring a plus one or not. Don’t be persuaded to extend the guest list as you might end up overcrowding your venue and ending up with too many people than what you have catered for.

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Organize Entertainment

How are you going to entertain your guests? If you have booked a disco or band, then this shouldn’t be too difficult as your guests will have a great time dancing. You might also want to think about getting a Booth Boy Photo Booth Hire so that your guests can have fun taking pictures all night. For a bit of a more sophisticated New Year’s Eve, you could always plan a dinner party and entertain your guests with some sophisticated chat.


Don’t Forget Food

I’ve already mentioned that you could cook up a storm and plan a dinner party for your New Year’s Eve party. However, if you don’t want to go to all the effort of a big sit-down meal, you still need to have some food on offer for your guests, even if it is just a buffet. Buffets are great options if your guests will be dancing all night as they can go and grab some food whenever they want any. If you want to plan your party as cheaply as possible, then you should make all the buffet food yourself. But to save yourself some time, it’s a better idea to hire a catering company to do it for you.

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Don’t Start Too Early

Don’t like the idea of cleaning up after your drunken guests have vomited all over? Then you shouldn’t kick off your party too early. It’s actually really important that you consider the time of your party, as it can help your guests pace their drinking. Start the celebrations too early, and you will find that your guests get way too drunk way too early on in the evening.


Deck The Halls

Christmas may have been and gone by the time of your New Year’s Eve party, but it’s still nice to have some Christmas decorations up at your party. After all, it’s still classed as the festive period. So, take some time to deck the halls with boughs of holly!


These tips will help you get into the spirit of New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year!


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