It’s the final countdown to Christmas and you’ve hopefully got all your present purchased and primed for wrapping. We think half the fun of giving presents is the wrapping and adding your own personal touch to the gift – here are a few of our favourite Christmas wrapping ideas…
Super cute and cost effective, using brown paper to wrap presents is in style again this year. Pretty it up with some colourful ribbon or a strip of coloured Christmas paper.
Try cutting out old festive greeting cards to create monogram labelled presents – a new take on the classic gift tag.
There’s something so magical about walking down streets lined with houses adorned with Christmas lights, it’s the perfect summer evening outing and we’re lucky enough in the southern hemisphere to have balmy warm weather during the festive season. So maybe you’re better off swapping your hot chocolate for an ice cream and taking a stroll down some of your local streets. Our favourite in the office has to be Franklin Road located in central Auckland where the whole street gets in on the action and really becomes a hub of festivities. We also found this nifty website that lists must-see decorated houses from all around the country – Light up Christmas.
Another favourite has to be the Telecom Christmas Tree’s – located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch these huge light up attractions create the perfect location for a twilight picnic or simply hanging out in the bean bags around the base of the tree. There are even phone booths to call Santa – and you’re never too old to make a wish! For more information check out their website.
Christmas and the holiday season is a busy time for everyone, and a time when a lot of families and people in the community are in need of a little help.
We believe performing even the smallest of good deeds can make a difference…
So here are 4 ways to give back at Christmas time:
- City Mission or Salvation Army – Give a donation of food, clothing, toys or money to one of your local shelters. Christmas time is when these vital services are under the most pressure so donations are essential to keep them running smoothly.
- Volunteer your time – whether it is helping out an elderly neighbour or inviting a friend in need over for a lovely dinner. Sometimes simple acts of kindness can mean the most.
- Gifts that grow – This great initiative set up by ChildFund allows you to purchase an item for a person or community affected by poverty overseas in the name of a person you wish to gift to at Christmas. There is a large range of items available for purchase – ranging from seeds to camels!
- Create an initiative in your workplace, school or community – choose a cause which you feel passionate about and rally a group together. Here at Max HO we are running a toy drive to collect gifts for children in need on Christmas day. We collected quite the loot last year so are looking forward to seeing if we can beat it this time! (see above photo).