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Christmas Pinterest boards would have us decked out in festive aprons， effortlessly pulling star-shaped cookies from the oven while Mariah warbles in the background and scented candles flicker on our tastefully decorated mantelpieces.
In reality， the kids are driving you mad with their Christmas wish lists， the workload at the office has ramped up， everyone at the mall seems to have forgotten how to park/be polite/smile， you can’t find a ham that feeds less than 40， and the to-do list is out of control. Presents for the in-laws， your kids’ teachers， the babysitter， the neighbour who always gives you a gift， Secret Santa at workbed pillow covers， Secret Santa at your partner’s work – presents， presents and more presents.
And… breathe.If you’re starting to feel a little cranky about the rampant consumerism involved in Christmas， we’ve got some ideas on how to give and celebrate in ways that will continue to bring happiness long after the last of the ham has been devoured.
If you want to buy gifts for your friends， family or colleagues， why not look for something that allows you to share the love at the same time？ It goes without saying that supporting a local business will make a local family do a happy dance， but there are also businesses that support good causes， which means your purchase in turn supports someone in need. Hurray for win-win outcomes!
If you’re feeling worn out and slightly hollow after all the Christmas consumerism， take it down a notch and donate directly to those who need it： either money， gifts or time. Here are a few ideas on how you can be a Christmas angel for someone this season：
A quick scroll on Pinterest will show you that there are some clever folks out there making awesome things from materials that would otherwise have been biffed. Old sheets， timber offcuts， vintage suitcases， floorboards from broken-down baches… Where we may have seen trash， they see treasure. Seek out pressies made in a sustainable manner and feel good about doing your bit for the environment.
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If making， baking or creating gifts isn’t going to add to your stress levels， get stuck in and churn out some pressies with a personal touch. Don’t worry if your efforts come out looking less than Insta-worthy， it truly is the thought that counts. Schedule a day in the kitchen and make edible gifts that are frugal and filled with festive spirit.
Coconut ice， fudge， cookies(make them in a festive shape for extra points)， chocolate or peppermint bark are always good， or step it up a level with an in-a-jar mix：place the dry ingredients for pancakes， luxury hot chocolate or choc-chip cookies in a jar and write the recipe on a cute label. For a less sweet choice， what about roasted honey nuts， homemade muesli， flavoured salts or infused sugars？
If you have a glut of fruit， make chutney， jam or lemon curd. Package your homemade goodies in recycled jars or boxes with handmade labels – if you have kids， leave them in charge of this bit.
Whip up this lemon cordial， which is the perfect thirst-quencher on a hot day：
Pop 2 cups sugar， 1？ cups water and the zest of 2 lemons in a saucepan， bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes to make a syrup. Stir in the juice of 8 lemons， 3 tsp citric acid and cool. Serve diluted with water， sparkling or still.
Words？by： Debbie Harrison.
We made cookies as a family?last weekend, which I always enjoy. I know I always say, I’m no foodie. But I have a certain mastery of a select few basics.
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