By BERN MORLEY
This year, despite the fact that the major department stores have been playing Christmas Carols since early August, I have found myself genuinely underprepared for December the 25th.
I have secured precisely zero Christmas presents even though as we read this, there are exactly (15 days?) until the big day.
If you’re anything like me, with three very different children and an always hard-to-buy-for husband (there are only so many golf clubs and power tools one man can own) you can struggle at times to find the perfect gift. So I present you with some of my Christmas gift ideas for all of the family.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by ASUS. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in her own words.
1. Seeds. No, you read that right. Seeds. Seeds to plant. Hear me out here. How many plastic toys end up at the bottom of the toy box within the week of receiving them? The majority. So here is a beautiful suggestion – plant something that can’t be killed regardless of the recipients gardening thumb. Preferably something that bears fruit and then come next Christmas; you can all marvel at your creation and reminisce about the year that was.
2. A game of coights and/or hooky. These games are old school but so simple and something you can play as a family, as a couple or as something that the kids can have a friendly competition over. Hooky being the board you place on the wall and throw small circular rubber rings at aiming to land on a hook. Coights being the stick on the ground you have to land equally small roped rings onto from a short distance. These are also underrated drinking games and are available for a very reasonable price at most department stores.
3. A pet. I know an animal isn’t just for Christmas so this one requires suitable commitment. Ideally you’ll head to your local animal shelter and rescue a worthy mate. I’ve seen the joy on a child’s face when they receive an animal on Christmas morning. It is truly priceless. Remember to carefully consider your choice and situation before falling for the romantic side of this gift but if it feels right, please, PLEASE do it.