Giving Kindness and Good The World Over This Christmas

In addition to spoiling your loved ones at Christmas time, it’s also a beautiful time of year to reflect and show gratitude for all the wonderful people in your life, and also give a little good to those who may be less fortunate or having a difficult time, for any reason. A simple act of kindness, no matter how small, can truly make a difference in someone’s life – even if just for a day or even an hour.

As you go about your Christmas and holiday season, try to remember that any act of kindness can spark a ripple effect of happiness and positivity that can be felt far and wide. Here are some of our favourite ways to give good at this time of year – what are yours?

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO THOSE IN NEED

Unfortunately, we live in a world where not everyone has a warm and happy home to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones. There are many people sleeping rough, going hungry or simply having a hard time, and the festive season can be a particularly difficult time for many. From volunteering at a charity to providing food for those in need, there are many ways we can help others at this time of year. Why not research different ways you can help in your local community, not only during the festive season but all year round?

ONE CHILD’S OLD TOYS MAY BE ANOTHER’S TREASURE

For those with children, if your little ones receive a heap of shiny new toys from Santa this year (have they been naughty or nice?!), why not encourage them to donate some old – yet still perfectly functional – toys to charity so a child less fortunate can also have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year? This could be something you do every year.

CONSIDER THOSE WITHOUT LOVED ONES

For many of us, Christmas is a time for celebrating and being with family, friends and loved ones, but for those who may be alone at this time of year, the festive season can be very difficult. If you have an elderly neighbour or someone you know who lives alone or has no family around them at this time of year, why not pay them a visit, give them a handwritten Christmas card, invite them over for a simple cup of tea, or better yet, invite them to enjoy Christmas with your loved ones? Kindness is a magical thing and even the smallest gesture can make a difference in someone’s day – especially during the holiday period.

EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE

The festive season brings with it the desire to tick off lists – not just for gifts, but people and places to visit, things to see and do. We can get so caught up trying to get to the other side of the season that we lose sight of making these things truly meaningful.

Christmas is the perfect time to stop and reflect on the people that make your life special, and why: to think about the memories you’ve experienced and moments you still have to look forward to. Think about all the people who’ve helped, supported or simply experienced things with you this year, and consider ways you can express your gratitude for them.

Gratitude shouldn’t only be reserved for loved ones either. You could give thanks to your local postman who delivers your mail each week, the barista you buy your daily coffee from, a neighbour, teacher, doctor or anyone who has made your life easier in 2019. Write them a note, give them a small handmade or hand-baked gift, write them a handwritten card or simply say ‘thank you’. Any little gesture will make them feel loved and appreciated at this special time of year.

IT’S THE ACT OF KINDNESS THAT COUNTS, NOT THE SIZE OF THE ACT

It’s easy to get caught up in all that’s going on at this time of year and feel as though we simply don’t have time to volunteer, donate or do something big to help others. Most of the time though, this is because we put too much pressure on the size of the good deed we feel we should be doing. You don’t have to donate all your time or money, or even go out of your way too much to help make Christmas a happy time for others.

Being kind is simply about considering others, and it’s the same as we go about the festive season. A simple handwritten card to someone less fortunate, a smile in the line at the grocery store to a stranger who may be struggling with the busyness of the season or even lending an ear or a shoulder to cry on to family members who may be having a rough year. Kindness is one of the simplest yet most powerful things we can give as humans – and it costs nothing.

From all of us at kikki.K, no matter what you and your loved ones are planning for Christmas, we hope this time is filled with happiness, kindness, love and joy, and that those feelings stay with you through 2020.

Today, and every day, our purpose is to inspire you to dream, do, enjoy and share. We hope your Christmas is filled with everything that makes Christmas magical for you – whether that’s being surrounded by great company or face-timing loved ones the world over, eating mindfully (or perhaps a little too much!), giving back to your community or doing your most favourite thing to celebrate you and yours. No matter how you celebrate this season, we hope it’s filled with little moments that’ll make heart-warming memories for years to come.

God Jul (Swedish for Merry Christmas) and Happy New Year from all of us a kikki.K!

Note: If you’re looking for some other ways you can be a #giverofgood at this time of year – and any time of year! – head over to our article from World Kindness Day for plenty of simple ways to spread the love.

 

 

Giving Gifts with a Personal Touch this Christmas

Christmas is all about loved ones, being grateful for each other and showing how much we care. From our family, friends, and colleagues we see every day, to our loved ones living far and wide, this is the time of year to show them just how much we love them. And what better way to do so than by gifting a heartfelt card or gift, and adding your own personal touches to make it truly unique? Here are some simple, yet beautiful ways you can personalise your gifting this festive season.

Choose gift wrapping to suit your recipient’s personality and style.

Consider: Are they minimal in their taste or do they love pops of colour and cuteness? Would they enjoy a little luxury in their gift-wrapping, or do they love the more traditional Christmas style? Giving a gift wrapped with the recipient in mind is a beautiful way to show that you’ve put thought into your gift-giving.

Write a heartfelt message in a card or gift tag and attach to your presents

Nothing says ‘I care’ more than a heartfelt, meaningful message at Christmas time. Take the time to write a personal note to everyone on your gift list and you’re sure to make their day. Whether you choose to use greeting cards, gift tags or even write directly onto your wrapping paper, you can’t go past a personal message when it comes to making someone feel loved.

 
Get crafty with your wrapping

For the creative types out there, Christmas is your time to shine! Choose papers, embellishments and stickers you love and experiment with all sorts of papercraft and DIY elements to use in your gift wrapping. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, you can’t go past our Ultimate Gift Wrapping Book and Paper Lover’s Books for all your DIY paper-crafting goodness.

Think outside the box when it comes to your wrapping materials

While paper and gift tags are a beautiful way to wrap your gifts, take a moment this year to think a little differently. Why not use gorgeous coordinating ribbon to attach a beautiful ornament to your gift (our Mini Baubles are just perfect for this!) or step out into the garden and pick some flowers and greenery to include in your wrapping as well? Perhaps you could use a gift bag rather than wrapping paper and include some of the recipient’s favourite flowers or treats in there as well as their gifts? It’s these simple yet unique touches that will make your gifts stand out, and show your recipient that you truly care.

Enjoy the feeling that comes from adding some personal touches to your gifts this year and love being a #giverofgood with our gorgeous cards, wrap and trim, available in store and online at kikki.K.

And don’t forget to check out our beautiful Christmas Collection and Christmas Decorations just perfect for celebrating and gifting this year.

God Jul (Swedish for Merry Christmas) from all of us at kikki.K.

Decorate Your Tree in Beautiful Swedish Style

In Swedish homes at Christmas, the tree is key to decorating, and a focal point for creating and sharing special memories. With the decorating season well and truly upon us, think of your home – and especially your tree – as a blank canvas where you can create a beautiful meaningful space to entertain loved ones, enjoy some festive fun, relax and create beautiful memories over the holidays.

The key when styling your tree is to ensure you choose ornaments and decorations that not only coordinate, but that also bring you and your loved ones joy. Discover everything you’ll need to make your tree beautiful, fun and festive with these simple ideas.

Be inspired to style your tree the Swedish kikki.K way with our gorgeous new collection of ornaments – including our 12 Days of Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar. Featuring 12 quality porcelain ornaments, you can open one each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas and add them to your tree! Or open them all at once and style to your heart’s content!

Our particular favourites this year are our beautifully Swedish Tomte, Cat, Fox and Owl ornaments that reflect our traditional heritage but are also super adorable!

Legend has it, that the Tomte look after the farms in Sweden while the household sleeps during the long Nordic winter and through the Christmas season. Let your Tomte look over your gifts and home this year.

Also true to our Scandinavian roots, we’ve created some gorgeous Pine Cone Scallop ornaments that would look wonderful in any home.  Combine all of these beautiful elements together to give your home a touch of Swedish tradition this Christmas.

With such beautiful ornaments to choose from, you could keep your styling super minimal and let the ornaments be the heroes of your tree. Or, why not add in a little Instant Snow, String Lights and gorgeous Ribbon to really tie it all together?

Whether you choose a real tree and embrace it and all of its beautiful imperfections, or don’t have the room or access to a real tree, our ornaments are sure to bring any tree to life!

And don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about your workspace. If you’ve got a mini tree, or are looking to add a little festive fun to your desk,  our Mini Baubles are just perfect.

Prepare for your unique and beautiful Christmas and get organised to style your Christmas tree with a little nod to Swedish heritage today. Shop our entire Christmas Collection now, and stay tuned for more styling inspiration.

*Note: Please read the instructions for our Instant Christmas Snow carefully before use.

God Jul (Swedish for Merry Christmas) from all of us at kikki.K.