Christmas: 3 things not to buy

Christmas FireplaceI can’t imagine that it is that time of the year again. December has come too quickly, I just wish there were a few more weeks in this year so that I can do the things I didn’t do while I was busy with my studies – now that I have a holiday (kind of). You will probably ask yourself why on earth would this man still like this year to be a bit longer while others are just wishing for the new year to start already. Well, the answer is quite simple: I would like to rest as well – growing up is hard. Nobody told you that growing up is a trick: holidays are only a few days long.

Nonetheless, December is here and I am going to embrace the last few days that’s left of this year. I enjoy spending time with my family and doing the things I should (and want to) do on my own time. Another thing, Christmas is on it’s way. To me, it is not all about the presents, but being with family. The feeling of togetherness is something you don’t really experience any other time of the year. Even though it is not about the presents there are still some things I would not like to receive as a gift. Not for Christmas, or any other time of the year – people are in anyway going to buy gifts so make it worth the receiver’s while.

So here is my 3 things nobody should buy someone else for Christmas:

1. Clothes

When someone buys me clothes it is either too big, too small, really not my style or something they would wear themselves. If you would like to buy someone clothing you should know for sure that they are going to wear it and wanted the shirt (or any other piece of clothing) for a very long time. Alternatively just give them a gift card, they will buy them something they like for sure.

2. Toiletries

This is an easy cop out – especially buying a gift for men. No, do not buy someone shower gel, shampoo or deodorant for Christmas. If it’s expensive cologne it is a rather different situation – this also usually happens when the person knows the other person really well. If you have the money to buy someone their special fragrance for Christmas, be my guest, otherwise not. Be a tad more creative.

3. Useless gifts in general

You are going through all the trouble to buy this person a gift for Christmas, why not make it something that they will be able to use. They will then also be reminded of the great time they had during the festive season when they use the present.

Christmas time is a time where families come together after they’ve been busy with other things during the year – maybe living past one another. Make this then the time to get to know that person a little better again and find out what he or she likes. Remember to do this in advance; last minute Christmas shopping is really not a pleasant thing to do.







Cookies, please!

As one would’ve been able to see from my previous post, I really like coffee. Sometimes one wants something to enjoy with your coffee and what would be better than cookies or rusks. The word cookie, as we know it, originates from the Dutch word “koekje” also known as “koekie” in Afrikaans. In Afrikaans “koekie” is the diminutive form of the word “koek” which is cake in English – luckily the English don’t speak of “caky”, it would’ve really been quite funny. “Can I have a “caky” with my tea please?” No. Keep in mind that the word biscuit is also used to refer to a cookie, but with people moving around the globe the words “cookie”, “cracker” and “biscuit” have different meanings in different places (these exclude slang references to these words).

Cookies are really enjoyable with coffee and to me it is really a treat to be able to devour some cookies with my coffee. As we all know, after seeing the Oreo advertisement, there are some weird and interesting ways to enjoy cookies. I like to take bite of the cookie first and after savoring the taste I will take a sip of my coffee just to swallow it down. Sometimes the coffee isn’t even necessary, I would eat a whole packet of cookies by myself. It is like some people would devour a piece of chocolate or pizza (I like those too, by the way). My favorite cookies include Romany Creams – the original choc and Eet-Sum-Mor Biscuits – short bread of any kind will actually do. There are some amazing recipes out there and I would really recommend the short bread from Seattle Coffee co. Even though I have these preferences I enjoy home made biscuits as well and they are made with love which makes them taste even better.

Speaking of the word “cookie”, there are some funny idioms with “cookie” and the one that comes to mind is, “that’s the way the cookie crumbles“. Sometimes we have to accept a slightly unfortunate event that we have no control over. There will come a time in one’s life that you will want something with your whole heart but are you are unable to get it. These things may include a job you really want, that new outfit that caught your eye in the shopping mall, or someone who stole your heart but doesn’t reciprocate the way you feel about them. These things are all things you cannot (necessarily) control and are determined by the choices other people make. It might be that there is something better in store for you, who knows. I know it’s not easy and one will feel unhappy if you cannot get what you want, especially if you’ve worked hard for it.

When this happens to you and you feel a little sad, treat yourself with a cookie and accept that there was and is really nothing you were able to do about the situation.