Well, today I am pretty excited because I have the magnificent, funny, lovely, witty and charming Erin from Like/Want/Need. Erin put together this beautiful collection of gifts with her stellar shopping skills and her thoughtful heart for those who might need a little "me time." xoxo Erin, thanks for being here!
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Hello! I'm Erin from like / want / need and the lovely Christine has asked me to share a little something with you. Now, I know Christine is a DIY maven, but I'm afraid I'm more of a "buyer" than a "maker." But in an effort to give experiences over material gifts this holiday season, I've decided to do a little round-up of small, cosy ways you can give someone close to you the ultimate gift: quiet. The holidays are notoriously a crazy time, I think all of us could benefit from a healthy dose of quiet-time. Here are a few tried and true ways to bestow some much needed relaxation on a friend (or yourself!).
1. Classical music / 2. Throw blanket / 3. Lip balm / 4. Mug & Spoon / 5. Paris Tea / 6. Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas / 7. Tealights
I'd say that a giant, comfy blanket is a necessity for everyday life, but it certainly comes in handy when you're trying to relax. Curl up with a good book (Dylan Thomas always reminds me of Christmas, since my dad and I would read "A Child's Christmas in Wales" growing up), put on some soft classical music (say what you will about cheesy compilation CDs, this one is actually pretty legit. It's a good beginner's guide to classical), and light a ton of tea candles to set the mood. I'm totally smitten by that coffee mug with a spoon in the handle, and a nice, hot cup of tea will help anyone stop and just be for a while (and I had to get a Paris reference in here somehow).
You can also show up to an overwhelmed friend's house, point them to the nearest couch (comfy blanket non-negotiable), and do a load of laundry or a sink full of dishes for them. This has the simultaneous effect of relaxing them entirely and making you a saint. Win-win.
Thank you again for having me, Christine! Okay gang, spill: how do you find time to relax during the holidays?