How to find the perfect gift at Christmas

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How to find the perfect gift at Christmas

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful time of year. From arranging countless parties to the organisation of gifts; temptation to grab a mulled wine can get quite alleviated! Choosing that right gift for a friend, loved one or even a family member can be quite daunting especially in a shopping climate when the options are phenomenal! And how much do you spend? It then becomes a battle of sentiment over value!

Choosing the perfect Christmas gift

However, you can choose the perfect gift and all it takes is a simple list! Map out exactly who you need to buy for, what your budget is and the rest will come naturally. You will look at that pen frantically scribbling across the paper and once you see it in black and white, you will suddenly feel excited instead of stressed. Below are just a few pointers to get you started:

  • Write down who you need to buy for
  • Allocate a budget for each person
  • Write down three words that would describe each person
  • Write down their favourite colour or a colour that you think they would like
  • Note down any hobbies, interests or niches that they love
  • Make a note if they like bought or homemade presents
  • Write down sentimental gift ideas & items you could make within a realistic timeframe
  • Decide if you would like to create a themed gift such as gifts that are all one colour or smell
  • Make a separate list of gifts you can think of such as a day out, a product, a treatment etc
  • See if you can match your gifts with your name list
  • Choose wrapping that matches the style of the gift be it the colour, the type of gift or the theme

And last but not least, always give yourself plenty of time to wrap! This works well with a calming Christmas CD and a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate by your side!

If the thought of all this is still daunting, leave it to Maxine Holmes Personal Concierge to spread the fairy magic.  If you need a hand, ordering, fetching,  delivering, wrapping , organising or  help with anything over the Christmas period please do get in touch on:

07863 235 901

Have a very ‘merry’ stress-free Christmas.


Posted by MHconcierge in Lifestyle
How To Achieve A Stress-Free Christmas – Yes It Can Be Done!

How To Achieve A Stress-Free Christmas – Yes It Can Be Done!

How to achieve a stress-free Christmas – Yes it can be done!

It is that time of year when Slade and Wham are on repeat 24/7; decorations are piled high in dilapidated boxes dragged out of the attic and you know that time is running out! But what can you do? Before you reach for the eggnog/mulled wine/vodka let’s get organised! Giving you that stress-free Christmas and a season to truly be jolly!

One-month preparation begins now:

  • Give yourself enough time to prepare, plan & deliver invitations for a Xmas gathering
  • Be brutal and use November to declutter and clean the house ready for the swarm of activity
  • Give yourself time to test and purchase new Christmas lights and make your tree truly sparkle!
  • Always buy more Christmas cards than you need – they really are timeless
  • Better still, start writing those cards pulling in relatives and friends to help with writer’s cramp!
  • Christmas lists will help assess who you need to buy for and what budget you need to accommodate
  • Shop around before you commit. Chances are if one shop stocks an item, five others will too!
  • Try to wrap your gifts little and often, in front of the TV, listening to music; making the tasks joyful!
  • Start looking around for that perfect Christmas outfit – there will be plenty around!
  • Plan and prepare your meals and snacks for Christmas, buying a piece each week to save that manic shop!

The month is upon us:

  • Assign a weekend preferably at the beginning of December to put up the decorations and spend the days listening to music for motivation
  • Schedule online purchases to be delivered at the beginning of the month giving contingency time frames!
  • Research and ask around for local butchers or tree yards – supporting your community in the process
  • Get in contact with friends and family and confirm gathering dates and times
  • Delegate Christmas responsibilities – who will cook, who will buy gifts for whom – help is always available if you only ask!
  • Purchase last minute snacks and more perishable foods – you can never have enough food in the house
  • And breath – always find time for yourself to immerse yourself in the season and enjoy the festivities

Christmas will always be a stressful time of year but the key is to manage and prepare for the big day! Note taking and list making can help offload the stress and give you a good night’s sleep! Prepare and execute little and often – Christmas can truly be the most wonderful time of year…if only you let it be!

If this all seems too much and you’d rather spend  more of your precious time doing the things that make you happy ,please do get in touch as I love to organise!  especially at Christmas time. I can help with  gift purchsing, wrapping, decorating, ordering, arranging, party planning and much more.

If you would like me to help you achieve a stress-free Christmas, please contact me on:

Telephone: 07863 235 901

Posted by MHconcierge in Lifestyle
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The American’s seem to live life on a super-fast pace, they like to spend their time doing things that are important, and have painstakingly ensured that all those silly jobs are streamlined. We are following suit in the UK, but still have a way to go!

The US are the masters of the drive-in:

  • Food places
  • Cinemas
  • Dry cleaners
  • Banks!

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to take a long weekend break with my family. I had an amazing time at the coast and came back feeling completely refreshed and full of new ideas.

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Example client – Solicitor pregnant with 2nd child

I starting working with Nathalie when she fell pregnant with her 2nd child. Nathalie’s working day was around 12-14hrs. She worked up to 40 weeks pregnant and had another small child in nursery. She did not work weekends, so needed this time to relax and spend with her 2 year old.

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