My husband comes from a large family so there are lots of nieces and nephews to buy for. I relish trying to find something for each of them that really suits each personality and passion. One of my nieces is mad on horses, so I’ve discovered this great horsey clothing label and have bought her a cute horseshoe shoulder bag and T-shirt. One nephew has been nuts about inserts and creepy-crawlies since he was a toddler (yes, he’s picked the right country these. So many nasty little things in Australia.). One year we found him hunting in the garden for the ‘Easter’ Brown (we’d spotted a deadly Eastern Brown Snake earlier that day!). He thought it delivered chocolate Christmas eggs. This child has every kind of bug catcher, relevant book and identification kit, so each year it is a challenge to find something new that feeds his buggy passion.
Although I’m super organized in most things, my house…well…let’s just say that being tidy isn’t top of my list of priorities. However, as so many people drop in during the Season, I make a special effort to ensure the house is looking at least respectable. I love fresh flowers, so I give myself a special pass to choose more exotic bunches rather than the cheapy ones I buy the rest of the year.