The Christmas Non-Gift Guide

Last year I made a traditional Christmas Gift Guide and I still stand by last year’s ideas, all of which are still available, but this year I thought I’d do something different.  One of my Mid Year Goals was to be a bit more environmentally friendly so here are my alternative gift suggestions.

Vouchers/Money

This is an oldie but a goodie!  The recipient of the gift can put it towards something they really want or need and will get proper use out of.  I am trying to collect less general stuff which means most of what I have on my wish-lists are big things that need saving towards (a Charles Owen Ayr8 helmet being my current object of lust!)

Homemade

I’ve been leaning in this direction for the last few years with my family gifts.  Two years ago I painted personalised glass baubles (whether any of my family members have them on their trees this year I’m not sure..) and last year I made scrabble-tile pictures in bought frames!  If you’re not feeling particularly craft, cookies/fudge/truffles are also fairly easy homemade options and there are wonderful horse cake recipes for your four-legged friends.

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Favours

Not the wedding type!  A less official present option would be offering up your time and energy to something.  Maybe you could do someone’s mucking out to give them the day off or look after their pets so they can visit family of friends.

Presence

“My presence is your present!”  I think as you get older you realise the importance of spending time with the ones you love be that human or equine.  I know that having some time off at Christmas will give me the chance to catch up with my family and spend unrestricted hours “playing” in the stable with Pea!

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