Fresh homemade carrot cake ready to be decorated

Christmas Gift Ideas – Part 1

Aaaarg! I hear you screech as you flop backwards into your couch. The post-traumatic stress caused by kamikaze Christmas shoppers kicks in. You feel sticky and dirty. Your feet ache from all the up and down tottering through the shopping mall and I can hear you burble something under your breath, “Why did I wait until the last minute to do my Christmas Shopping?” I’ll tell you why.


You’re a procrastinator. But that’s OK. Most people are. So am I. In fact, my wife has bestowed on me a lifetime achievement award for being the best procrastinator south of the equator.

Not to long ago I was procrastinating once again. Whilst in this blissful state I realized that we’re closing in on the end of the year, already! And you know what? Every year it seems to happen faster than the year before. Then I thought about holidays and fun family time and then you guessed it, Christmas gifts.

Carien and I love giving Christmas gifts and receiving them of course. We try to avoid going to stores and buying Christmas gifts for various reasons. That’s when we get creative to come up with Christmas gift ideas that are useful, easier on the pocket and probably means more to our family and friends in any way.

Here’s a Christmas gift idea we used last Christmas and I hope this helps you out in some way. This is the first post of many Christmas gift ideas still to come.

Christmas Gift Idea 1. Give A Cake Voucher

Here’s how our cake voucher system works. We gave our closest family members a little home made card. The card is a Cake voucher (1 per family), which they can redeem anytime during the year. Now you should know, there are pros and cons to this Christmas gift idea. Let me explain.

Pros –

  • The family loved it, they ordered cakes for birthdays, special occasions or just because they felt like some comfort food. Quite convenient for them.
  • We didn’t have to fork out additional cash for Christmas gifts over the festive season.
  • We managed to minimize the consumer mentality in us. You know that urge just go binge shopping for mass produced merchandise to fill up that Christmas stocking
  • The gift meant so much more to our family and it was memorable

Cons –

  • Baking a cake takes time. So it was tricky to fit it into our schedules. When the family claims their voucher during the year it can be at awkward times. So you’ll have to be ready to make good on your offer 24/7/365. But of course we didn’t mind, as it was our idea in the first place.

Although this may sound like a business transaction we decided to include a few terms & conditions in the prezzie. Our family could choose a chocolate, carrot or sponge cake only. They had to give us at least 2 days notice and the deal doesn’t include delivery :-). And it expires before the next Christmas.

So that’s one of our many Christmas gift ideas. Stay tuned for more.

Carien

Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in The Swartland on a small holding and I am a full time house wife with one husband, one son, two dogs, two pigs, three sheep and ten chickens. Living as natural as possible is a pet passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I might post healthy food recipes (sometimes naughty), some green tips and random info on organic and natural living.