Monday, December 15, 2008

All The Parents Want For Xmas Is...

Okay, so the countdown to Xmas has officially begun.

9 days to go and no doubt many of you are fretting over what to get for whom within a reasonable price range.

As always, Tiger Bites is here to help with a selection of gifts. I have used most of my ideas myself in the past so I promise they will be well received!

The rents, what do you get the people in your life who gave you life yet have pretty much everything they want.

Make it thoughtful. It doesn't need to be expensive but it should definitely be thoughful.

So if you're travelling anywhere right before Xmas see if you can pick up a piece of local artwork.
Try and pick something your Mum will like (Mum's tend to be more picky than Dad's) and wrap it up nicely.

If you have the time and the budget, get it framed. Its an interesting gift, and likely to always be a conversation piece when they have people over. "Oh look at what my fabulous child got me when they went to xxxxx, how thoughtful are they?"

This is quite possibly the best gift you could give your parents. It doesn't have to be expensive but does require a bit of thought and time.

Find as many old pictures as you can of your family in a variety of places and at totally different points in time, put them together in chronological order in a really nice photo album. My Mum LOVED this present so much when I gave her one. I found pictures of her as a child, her brother as a kid, her parents when they were you and then lots of our baby pictures right through to now.

If you can't find many pictures, just take them to a print shop, get them enlarged and put a few in nice frames.

These frames would look great staggered on a wall. Maybe get all the pictures printed in black and white for a more interesting, artsy feel. $24.99 for 10 frames from www.

A very pretty and very reasonably priced frame from Paperchase £12 on www.

I'm so loving these Aspinal's of London albums. If Smythson ( www. prices are distinctly upper end, Aspinal's are comfortably middle bracket and therefore infinitely more affordable. This brown croc album is $179 from www.

Another Aspinal's beauty reduced from $95 to $85 www.

Another great option is a digital frame, ready uploaded with a selection of images (and batteries!).


Stephanie said...

Hi, I'm Smythson's Site Editor - a travel photo frame or photo frame keyring is also a great (more affordable) gift idea, visit to view our range, and try out our Christmas Gift Selector to find perfect presents for mothers and fathers - remember, you are still in time for Christmas delivery!

Tiger Tem said...

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for your comments. I'm a huge smythson fan and the panama diary is always to of my stocking filler list. Keep checking my blog to see how I'll include some smythson products!

stephanie said...

That's great, will do. Also feel free to visit the Smythson Blog and post up your comments and suggetions. (