If you’ve had enough of the feeding frenzy of Black Friday and instead want some to support local businesses and retailers who are trying to trade in an ethical, mindful way, you’re in the right place. Here at Linenbeauty we like to take things slow, to buy quality pieces that will stand the test of time and to invest in timeless homewares and clothes that aren’t swayed by fast fashion. It’s not always easy to resist the lure of huge markdowns and seemingly endless bargains. But when you take a closer look it makes so much more sense to step back from the Black Friday mayhem and to really think about how you can use your purchase power for good.
So, if you’re steering clear of the malls and multinational retailers’ ever-crashing websites, here’s five ways to avoid Black Friday but still get hold of some beautiful Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
1.Make things yourself
Thanks to Pinterest and numerous brilliant crafting websites it’s so much easier to find inspiration for homemade gifts. Whether you’re a knitter, baker or have never dabbled in crafts at all you can find a project that will be fun and rewarding, as well as cost-effective. Last year we bought a stash of brown paper potato sacks and followed this tutorial to create goodie-bags for extended family. Each family received a pretty yet sturdy bag filled with DIY cookie-making kits, homemade lavender linen spray, luxurious bath salts and rustic bird feeders. Something for every age. And who doesn’t love the idea of rootling about for treasures in a Christmas sack full of gifts made with love?
2.Give a subscription
Rather than add to your loved ones’ clutter, why not give a subscription instead? Many bookshops run subscription schemes where you get sent a certain number of books per month. And you can even gift someone their very own bespoke literary prescription: for her bibliotherapy service Ella Bertoud asks pertinent questions to discover which books will enhance your life and give you maximum enjoyment or challenge, depending on what you’re looking for.
For non-bookish types great subscription gifts could be a subscription to their favourite magazine, membership of their local football club, a gym subscription or, for the wine connoisseur, membership of a wine society.
3.Get a monogrammed set of linen
Because we love linen so much it always features on our own wish-lists, but it is also a beautiful gift to give someone else. To make it super special, get your gift monogrammed so your loved one can lie back on personalised bedlinen, or decorate their dining table with individualised linen napkins. A set of luxe linen bathroom towels with a couple’s initials embroidered on is a lovely present for someone setting up home or who needs a bit of luxury in their life. Linen is so durable and timelessly stylish that a gift like this will be treasured for years, and may become a family heirloom.
4.Go on vacation
Some people decide to not buy gifts at all over the holiday period and instead put the money they’ve saved towards a vacation or special trip. If you want to avoid any Christmas shopping at all and have the urge for adventure, this can be a really special way to celebrate the season. If you want the whole winter wonderland experience, head somewhere snowy like Scandinavia. You could even stay in this stunning ice hotel!
Local, independent retailers are worth supporting, and this time of year is often their main source of revenue. Support your home town and small businesses by buying locally. You’ll also avoid all the queues and crowds at the out-of-town shopping centres and malls. Done this way Christmas shopping can even be a pleasurable experience! Many towns have a late night shopping evening at the beginning of December, with shops offering drinks and refreshments and often some discounts. Make an evening of it and nail all your shopping in one go, fuelled by mince pies and mulled wine!
Christmas needn’t be a time when your home gets flooded with plastic clutter. Instead, pick gifts that will bring fun, style and beauty to your children’s rooms. We’ve shopped around and come up with an edit of chic Christmas gifts that will enhance your child’s bedroom, and that will last. From night lights to wall decals, be imaginative and playful. Just like your kids.
If the thought of Christmas shopping fills you with horror, we’ve got good news. We have curated a careful selection of gifts that will add beauty (rather than clutter) to your loved ones’ homes. Over three separate posts we will give you ideas for Christmas gifts for him, her and the kids. And the best bit? These products will all have big discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so you can save precious pennies as well as buying fabulous presents. We will put up promotional codes just before the sales goes live. Who said Christmas shopping was stressful? You can have it all done and dusted by Monday.
Many of us will be waving off a child this month as they leave for college (*weeps*), or moving out of our family home and into a new life of
parties studying. We thought we would ease the transition by rounding up some top tips on how to boss dorm room style on a limited budget. Make any room, any size, feel like home with these simple ideas. Easy as ABC.
February is one of the months that give us a headache. Valentine’s Day gifts can become a real challenge when it comes to finding the perfect gift for your loved one. Well worry no more – we are here to help you out with the greatest romantic gifts for February that you could imagine.
With the huge variety of blankets in the market it is getting really difficult to choose the one that suits you the best. One of them is prettier, another one is the warmest of all of them and the third one matches your room décor perfectly? This dilemma can be easily solved. This guide will help you choose the blanket that is perfect for you.
The Christmas season is on and everyone is now starting to feel the pressure of choosing and buying Christmas gifts. And not only buying but picking the right ones – so not to repeat last year’s gift, so to suit the tastes of the receiver, so to suit the budget, so to make the receiver happy or so to make an impression 🙂
As we are sincere believers in linen and consider ourselves practical people, we dare to advise you to choose all the gifts from one place! From LinenMe shop! And we are 100% sure you will find a linen gift for everyone here. Need a gift for sister, mother or close friend? Need one for your boss, yoga teacher or teacher of your kid? Look for something for your mother-in-law, aunt or nanny? Save your time and effort – check our shop!
To help you with ideas, we put together a list of ideas of what to give to whom. We count on it to give you inspiration 🙂 So read on!
Christmas time is coming! Shops are getting ready for the season, putting on their best decorations and stacking goods in large amounts. Maybe not yet, but soon people will start looking for gifts and high streets and shopping malls will get crowded and tiresome. So why not get ahead by buying top quality gifts – linen towels, linen bedding including linen duvet covers – early from the comfort of your own home?
The gift of pure linen bathroom towels is something that will be cherished for a long time – every time the person uses their towels they are reminded of you and your kindness. Linen hand & guest towels will adorn a bathroom when guests are there and will speak of taste and preference for quality of the owner. For those who like preparing meals and who spend lots of time in kitchen, a set of stylish linen tea towels is also a good gift idea.
Christening is one of the first important occasions when the newly born receives a lot of attention from family members, so every parent is on a mission of finding a beautiful Christening robe.
There is a wide range of Christening robes and gowns available from the retailers, and even a wider choice of fabrics that the robes are made of, mainly silk and polyester. I have been thinking for a while that linen could be a perfect alternative, and decided to add a new product to our ever expanding linen product range at LinenMe.
My inspiration came from an old traditional Lithuanian design, originally used by my grandmother who absolutely loved crafts. Since linen was the only widely available fabric in early 20th century Lithuania, she made the most of it!
The current version of this Christening set is slightly modernised and includes hemstitched Christening robe, a matching bonnet and a pair of cute baby shoes. All items come in two colours – white and ivory, and are made to order. The garments can also be decorated with embroidered ornaments, pleated details or baby’s initials.
Robe, bonnet and shoes: 100% linen
Colours: white, ivory
Sizes: made to order
Available from LinenMe – a retailer of unique linen products.