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Christmas Hours of Relaxation

What do I want for Christmas? This question was posed to me late last night by Hubbie. Hmmmmm, perhaps he could have thought to ask one, or even two weeks ago. With plenty of time and fewer crowds (he hates crowds!!!) post my response to meander Tiffany’s, Selfridges or Neal’s Yard in search of that little box of wifey happiness. But no! With two shopping days left, Hubbie does what many hubbies do year after year… WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE!

Usually, I say “Nothing Sweetheart, you’ve given me everything that I could ever want.” Then I pour him a Brandy, slip into something Agent Provocateur and lovingly massage his feet.

Of course I don’t do that!!!!

What do I want for Christmas? What I want more than anything is a few hours of pure utter, undisturbed relaxation. I’m thinking lie-ins, massage, facials, even the occasional nanna nap. HEAVEN! Forget things*’ … I’ve got more than enough. Gifting wonderful moments, hours or days …. that’s what I call inspired gift giving.

A recent study on gift giving featured in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, discovered that recipients only considered the giver’s thoughtfulness when the gift was either a dud or clearly the product of much labour. How sad is that! The research does have good news however: gifts focused on experiences rather than material possessions are most often associated with thoughtfulness. Useful insight given that Oxfam’s recent survey found that 90% of gift recipients either give away or sell unwanted presents. Proof in point; eBay.co.uk has its busiest month in January, promoting “sell the gift you didn’t like and get what what you really wanted.”

All this to say… Hubbie, could I please have Hours of Relaxation this year for Christmas? Ideally, spread out over the year. Buy online options available so no crowds! Your thoughtfulness would be top of mind all year.

May everyone’s dreams and wishes come true this Christmas. For next year, we start all over again.

Merry Christmas xx

* Spanx is exception to the rule. One can never have enough Spanx!

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