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Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas

Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas

 Christmas is just around the corner,  here are some ideas for last-minute presents and Christmas Eve boxes.   Christmas Eve boxes are a relatively new idea, some might say fad, in the UK, which sees children opening up a box of presents on Christmas eve. Some...

Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf

The History of Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf Behind it all is Carol Aebersold and her twin daughters Chanda Bell and Christa Pitts, who kicked off the craze in 2005 when they published a book called The Elf on a Shelf. The book arose from a family tradition that Carol started where she would move an elf ornament around the house during the run-up to Christmas for her twin daughters.

The trio then decided to base a story around the elf, selling it with a replica of the elf for households to join in on the tradition. The Elf on the Shelf gained popularity as celebrities were seen with the product, Jennifer Garner was an early adopter of the elf. 

Can too much Elf be a bad thing?

However, the Elf on the Shelf has not been met without criticism. The most pressing of these criticisms revolve around parents using the elf as a discipline tool, teaching children to behave only because they are being ‘watched’ and may receive a reward, which could cause a child to become anxious over the holiday period.  Said David Kyle Johnson of psychology today

Most people would agree that the best way to avoid these criticisms is to not take the elf too seriously and try to focus on the creative spots you can put the elf for your child to find. A newspaper article gives some excellent quick ideas of how to show some Elf mischief However as always it’s how you interpret this new tradition, that will best protect your family from unintentional negative effects. More good ideas in Good Housekeeping magazine.

Elf on the shelf Planning can be ready-made!

As a working parent, I know how busy the whole of December can be so  I  have curated a Pinterest board for inspiration, including ideas from very easy to those taking a bit more planning, either way, have fun and enjoy laughing with your children as they delight in the elf antics.  There is also a website dedicated to all things Elf on the shelf.  Giving you crafts, recipes, where to see life-size elves and lots of prizes to be won. 

I would have needed some tips on those late nights and very early mornings!  Here are  some creative ideas 

About the Photographer

 Rosemarie is a professional portrait photographer based deep in the Suffolk countryside near Bury St Edmunds, and she specializes in baby, child and, family Portraiture. Being a parent, she understands how each stage of your child’s development throws up its own challenges and delights.

Her aim is to produce a collection of images that are natural with many being unique to your family. No two photo sessions are ever the same as Rosemarie wants to perfectly capture those early precious memories together with the natural emerging character and personality of your child. For more information please call 079 28602415, visit www.rosemarieconran.co.uk

To keep updated you can follow Rosemarie on Facebook , Pinterest, and   Instagram.

Please note that I have no affiliation with any of the organizations or individuals mentioned above.

If you enjoyed reading this blog please consider sharing it with your friends and family. And feel free to use it on  your social Media

Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas

Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas

 Christmas is just around the corner,  here are some ideas for last-minute presents and Christmas Eve boxes.

 

Christmas Eve boxes are a relatively new idea, some might say fad, in the UK, which sees children opening up a box of presents on Christmas eve.

Some see this as just another pointless expense to the Christmas season, others see this as an alternative to a stocking that keeps children’s excitement manageable.

 

It’s up to you what you put in the box,

however, the majority of people opt to put in:

PJs Slippers/comfy socks

Hot chocolate

Chocolate/sweets (marshmallows seem to be a favourite)

Books, seasonal or otherwise Christmas films

And other seasonal treats, at the end of this article, will be links to useful websites with their own lists.

All of these suggestions can also make great stocking fillers or presents for secret Santa if you are struggling to find small gifts.

 

Other good last-minute gift ideas

are bath gift sets,

board games,

food and drink gift sets

Experience  vouchers

these can usually be found at supermarkets and other high street shops and are useful for if you have missed someone off your list, don’t know someone that well or just want to get a little something.

As with the Christmas eve boxes, there will be a link to articles with more suggestions at the end.

 

However, if someone you love is being stubborn this Christmas saying that they don’t want anything

before time runs out; might I suggest buying them an experience instead.

There are many companies set up to deal with this such as Virgin experience days, buyagift.com, red-letter days and many more.

It won’t take you long to find something relevant to their interests.

You can if also print out last-minute gift vouchers to email to them including a portrait voucher

 

To summarise, there’s still plenty of time if you know where to look and what you are looking for and of course, you could always improvise with a handmade present as well.

 

 I  hope you all have a lovely holiday break.

Ideas for  for where to buy the boxes and some grown up present ideas  Christmas Eve Boxes

some fun  and economical  ideas here

Looking for something unsual for your Christmas Eve Box?

Have a look at Not on the high street, one of my personal favourites 

 

 Last-minute ideas

Imaginative ideas as you would expect from Huffington Post 

An unusual range of ideas here for  those hard to buy for  adults

Need Christmas  NOW?   Take a look at the all year online Christmas  Shop

 

You can, of course, be super organized and book the pages ready for next year!

 

About the Photographer

 Rosemarie is a professional portrait photographer based deep in the Suffolk countryside near Bury St Edmunds, and she specializes in baby, child and, family Portraiture. Being a parent, she understands how each stage of your child’s development throws up its own challenges and delights.

Her aim is to produce a collection of images that are natural with many being unique to your family. No two photo sessions are ever the same as Rosemarie wants to perfectly capture those early precious memories together with the natural emerging character and personality of your child. For more information please call 079 28602415, visit www.rosemarieconran.co.uk

To keep updated you can follow Rosemarie on Facebook , Pinterest, and   Instagram.

Please note that I have no affiliation with any of the organizations or individuals mentioned above.

If you enjoyed reading this blog please consider sharing it with your friends and family. And feel free to use it on  your social Media