There’s a reason this time of year is called the most wonderful…. ‘tis the season of festivity and the season of Christmas! It’s a time for love, laughter, family and giving back to others. Giving kindness to not only your loved ones, but yourself!
It wouldn’t be a Christmas without kikki.K, and a kikki.K Christmas wouldn’t be, without you! We’re so excited about the holiday season and this year, more than ever, we’re all about giving kindness. And, giving you the chance to win loads of kikki.K goodies as well!
Few things are better than receiving a personalised gift, chosen with care and sent with love. And with the holiday season fast approaching (hard to believe, isn’t it?), and everything happening this year, it’s even more important to get organised early with your gifting.
Many of us are separated from our loved ones due to travel restrictions and other obstacles this year, and so curating meaningful gifts you can send has become more important than ever. Postage may be delayed, the idea of shopping in crowds is even less appealing, but the desire to reach out and let loved ones know you’re thinking of them is just as strong, if not stronger.
So, this year, let us inspire you to curate meaningful gifts and gorgeous care packages for the ones you love, so you can get organised early. With a little bit of thought and preparation, you can really and truly make someone’s year. Keep reading for some simple yet thoughtful ideas for gifting with a personal touch – and some gorgeous kikki.K stationery – this year.
Gifting for the minimalist
We all have people in our lives who prefer a more minimal approach to life. They enjoy style and functionality and everything has a place and a purpose in their lives. We love gifting for the minimalist at kikki.K, as our Scandinavian heritage means our items are not only beautiful, but extremely useful and functional. So, what would we suggest for this person?
Grab a gift box (with a lid, ideally) and line it with wrapping paper, butcher’s paper or tissue paper. Then, we’d fill it with a few key items you know they’ll love. Think about what they’d use for work or at home. Choose items you know will help them live their best life every day and arrange them in the box in a neat and beautiful way. For this gorgeous pack pictured, we’ve chosen:
And for the finishing touch, the personal element, and the part that will make this gift truly thoughtful, we’ve added some homemade cookies in a little bag as well. You could add lollies, chocolates, Swedish Pepparkakor (gingerbread biscuits) – anything your recipient loves!
Decorate your package with gift tags and embellishments, add in a handwritten Greeting Card or note, pop the lid on and send (adding any padding or packaging you’ll need to ensure a safe journey to your loved one!)
If you’re looking for some easy recipes to add to your gifts, here are some of our favourites below:
This year is the perfect year for encouraging loved ones to tap into their creative side! And if you know someone who would just love receiving a gift that would allow them time to reflect and express their creativity, then we have the perfect little package you can put together!
As per the above idea, grab a box and line as you wish. Then, have a think about what your recipient enjoys and then peruse our gorgeous selection of DIY and Creative goodies to fill your package. We love the idea of encouraging creativity, especially as a gift. For this particular package, we’ve included the following, to inspire reflection, fun and imagination:
Just as we shared in the first gift package, we think adding a personalised touch of something homemade is a wonderful idea. We chose homemade granola in a jar for this particular pack, but if you’re looking for some easy recipes to add to your gifts, here are some more of our favourites below:
Our third gift pack idea holds a special place in our hearts, especially after the strange and unexpected year 2020 has been for us all. It’s our pack for the dreamers. The ones planning big things for 2021, those people in our lives we know are looking to make next year incredible. Give them a little helping hand with a practical yet inspiring selection of Dream Life items you just know they’ll love!
Pop it all in a lined box, embellish with ribbons, gift tags and any other items you think will make it truly special, and don’t forget to add that personal element. For this example, we printed out some photos of us and the recipient to show we’re thinking of them and share that they’re always in our hearts, even if they’re far away. You could add anything that means something to you and you’ll really make their holiday season.
The kikki.K items featured in this gorgeous package, to help your loved ones dream without limits, are:
We hope these ideas have inspired you to start thinking about your gifting ideas early, and also helped you to think about meaningful little packages you can send to your loved ones this holiday season, no matter where they are.
The key is to think about the things you’re recipients love and will use, then add in a touch of you – something personal – and wrap it all up as the perfect meaningful treat!
These are just a few examples of packages you could put together, so be sure to explore all of our gorgeous gift ideas at kikki.K, and enjoy getting organised early this year!
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.
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