Sorry, but the countdown has begun …

According to the radio station that I was listening to earlier today, we have only 70 days left; Which, in layman’s terms, is 2 ½ months until the ‘C’ word. Yes my friends, we only have a short time to sort out our lives before that insane time of the year, otherwise known as Christmas, occurs.

I felt it was unnecessary for the radio to share such news, but to be fair, I am now sharing it with you guys.

So, what’s a gal to do? Last year I bought the usual supply of socks, perfumes chocolates blah, blah, blah for everyone – they all faked pleasure upon opening the pathetically unimaginative gifts that I had supplied – as did I, when receiving their equally uninspiring offerings.

I’m a busy bunny at the best of times, but as you can imagine, Aldeburgh is very busy at Christmas time, and therefore the teashop is heaving right up till the point of Santa’s arrival. I run out of time and then do the usual thing of panic buying, invariably on Christmas Eve and giving perfectly pleasant but unsuitable gifts to people. BUT NOT THIS YEAR!! Oh no! This year I will be organised and I will find gifts that will actually make my family members happy!!

I’ve decided to make cute individual hampers for people, filled with little bits and bobs – some of them home made, some of them bought, that they will like and use – my Christmas chutneys are already coming on a treat ….

If you guys are struggling with ideas, why not make hampers of your own too? You can chuck in anything from home made jams and chutneys to chocolates and sloe gin. Why not add a home made scarf or facial treatment made from natural ingredients? We also sell some really lovely packets of tea which are not only unusual, packaged beautifully but also won’t break the bank. Or how about popping in one of our gift vouchers?

Lots of our yummy and unusual loose teas that are available to buy

Lots of our yummy and unusual loose teas that are available to buy

Our pretty gift voucher makes a lovely present

Our pretty gift voucher makes a lovely present

Our Big Breakfast House blend and Star of India packets of tea for sale

Our Big Breakfast House blend and Star of India packets of tea for sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These can be redeemed for maybe an Afternoon Tea or lunch for two, or whatever your recipient fancies. Alongside the packets of tea we also sell gorgeous little tea strainers as well. These can easily and cheaply, help pad out a  hamper whilst providing a yummy and original present for someone you love.

I’m going to leave you with the thought of 70 days left till crazy day descends upon us once more, and get on with making the mincemeat for my pies that I’m intending to make this year!

Good luck!

From Aldeburgh with Love, Emma X

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