Blogmas Gift ideas

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Gift ideas are complicated, aren’t they? On a personal level, I’m a spoilt brat inside and do a Rachel Green if people buy ‘off list’ for me. Having said that, I don’t expect a present and my list is always extensive with options for every budget and friend. I like Toblerone bars. Buy me one of them and I’ll purr…

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I’m going to cut to the chase here. I’m not giving gifts to anyone who isn’t family this year. We live in shocking times. Nobody has lots of money and I dislike conspicuous consumption. I really do. I feel tremendously guilty about spending money on myself at any time. I have kids and I don’t go out much. I don’t need to attract a mate so the genetic imperative is moot. While I like nice things, I’ve been poor. There’s a happy medium. Cards and drinks and company are fine amongst friends, I find.

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So…I won’t recommend presents. I’m sorry but this is your job. A gift should be thought out. It’s how you show love. I show love in consideration and intimacy. I can’t help you there.
What I can do is offer some observations about the best presents I’ve been given. My favourite presents both came from Mr Sophie’s Voice: a watch and a key ring.

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The watch is from way back when he used to buy me jewellery every Christmas – B.C., obiously. It was everything I wanted and a very grown up purchase. It’s a Tank and it has little details that are perfect for me. It’s not shiny – I chose mother of pearl for the face. It’s luxurious – but not ostentatious. It’s valuable because a lot of thought went into making it the perfect watch for me.

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The key ring is funny. It’s a tourist favourite for Liverpool – a rubber Super Lambanana. It’s silly and funny. It’s also yellow so I can always find it.
Both are used every day, both are reliable and both make me smile.
And those are the best things I could wish for in a Christmas present.
Sophie x

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