Sketch #10 – Favourite Gifts

No Peeking

Making a list and checking it twice!

Funny story. When I got married I discovered that my husband’s family sent out a Christmas Wish List every year and presents were expected, nay, required, to be purchased from this list and only this list! I’ve always subscribed to the ‘wander the stores until something jumps out and yells the name of a person on your list’ method of buying Christmas presents so this was a tough adjustment. Kind of feels a little Bah Humbug-ish to me too. Giving should (IMHO) be about knowing the person you are giving to, and choosing something special just for them. But what do I know?

When it comes to documenting those favoured presents, where do you fall? I’ve been known to tell the odd story or two – see this layout, and this one from Mother’s Day (second layout in the post) – but it’s definitely not a regular thing. Perhaps it should be. Along with those layouts depicting height at each birthday and favourite things about school with their school photos, adding a favourite gifts layout into your Christmas album every year would be a great legacy to leave. What do you say? Let’s start a new tradition!

No matter if you stick to the list or free style it, there are always some favourites each year. Watch how I take this sketch and create a layout about a few of ours from last Christmas.

12 sketches - favourite gifts

Video issues still plague me! Stupid technology!!

One of the best things to do when you receive a gift is send a Thank You note. Sometimes though, in the chaos of the day, tags go missing and you forget who gave the Singing Elsa Barbie to which child. It happens! As a BONUS for you guys I’ve created a Gift Tracker to help sort out all the who’s, what’s, and did-we-say-thanks!

Favourite Gifts by Alison Day Designs

How do you give and receive gifts? Are there lists? How closely are they adhered to? I know that sometimes there is a gift that makes you scratch your head and wonder “what were they thinking?” Share that story in the comments below. We could all use a good laugh!

Don’t forget to share a link to any pages you make too, either in the comments below or over on my Facebook page. We’d all love to see your work and read your stories!

Happy Scrapping!

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