Burnaby residents urged to give roosters as gifts

Burnaby residents urged to give roosters as gifts
Here are the top causes of Christmas stress – and its not just the cost
Forget expensive items and instead concentrate on showing how much you care, with presents that have a personal touch

If you are gifted in the art of craft, there is still enough time to get sewing, knitting, drawing, painting or whittling. Youll find plenty of inspiration – not to mention tutorials – on DIY and crafting website, craftster.org.

Plymouth parents are Scrooges when it comes to Christmas spending

Presents are instantly more special if you customise them. Get Christmas tree decorations and incorporate a personal photo or message, and you have a gift that can display your thoughtfulness year after year. And you still have time – just about – to put together and order a personalised calendar, a photo-book or frame with pictures of you and the giftee together. If you have pictures from a long time ago, or which the recipient is unlikely to have seen for a while, opt for these – nostalgia is always a winner.

If you are really struggling for cash, one thoughtful way to defer the cost is to make your own vouchers promising a future commitment of time or a shared experience. Whether you are offering a night of baby-sitting, or just the promise of taking a friend to something they really enjoy – the theatre or a night of cocktails somewhere swish – you will give yourself breathing space to save up for it. Just make sure the voucher is printed and present it in an envelope. And follow through on your promise.

Homemade gifts live or die by their presentation – and with a bit of preparation you can make something that looks great, doesnt cost a fortune and doesnt damage the environment. Brown paper with string and a fabric ribbon works a treat, or alternatively you can do the same with cheap fabric. Forage some real holly to decorate the package. Add a hand-written letter alongside your gift. And there you have it: an Instagram-worthy Christmas parcel.

Janner children will have MUCH less spent on them than the national average, but they still want games consoles and mobile phones under the tree – and most still believe in Santa