The power of the simple: part 2.


So for my birthday last year my boyfriend made me an amazing present.  I mean he actually made me something!  How sweet is he?! No one has ever gave me such a thoughtful gift before.  It's so beautiful, he got some wood from a whisky cast that had the cork hole in it and sanded it down, varnished it, drilled some holes in it big enough for some tea lights and made a totally unique candle holder for me.  The description doesn't do it justice.

For some reason this is the best picture I
can get with the whole length of the wood.
But isn't it beautiful?!

Something so simple as just making me a gift meant so much more to me than anything he could ever buy; cheesy I know.  But still it was thoughtful and he made it special.

This got me thinking.  For his Christmas maybe I could make him a present, but what?  I knew I couldn't compete with the candle holder and I am one of those people with the confidence of a slug so before I even thought of an idea I thought my attempt would be inadequate.  But whatever it's the thought that counts and I wanted to show him I could be thoughtful too.  After hours of trawling through pinterest and Google I finally had some ideas - for not just one homemade gift but three!  This was exciting but I couldn't help but feel a little nervous about these ideas.

As you can see all the candles have handmade
tags saying what scents the candles have and I
chose; Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus and
finally Frankincense, Myrrh and Lavender.   
I ended up making him three soy candles all with different scents, coasters with pictures of all the places we've talked about going together and a friendship bracelet (I have the matching one on my ankle).  Its not about giving or receiving some amazing expensive present and then going on to Facebook to brag about what 'Santa' brought you.  It's about the thought behind the gifts and being thankful for the people in your life who make it special.  And I'm actually so grateful that my boyfriend taught me this valuable lesson.

Six coasters with cut-outs from an Atlas of all
the places we want to go together; something simple
can be made so personal and meaningful.

So this was probably more of a Christmas post but I'm sat on the train just thinking about life and everything and this was something I've wanted to write about for a while so I'm glad I finally got round to it.

He loved his presents by the way and I would highly recommend showing the people you love just how much they mean to you by taking the time to make them something, anything, even just for no reason other than to show them you care (or for Valentine's day which is coming up very soon!).  It will mean so much more to them than anything you could ever buy.  Especially in today's society where consumerism rules and everywhere you look there's someone wanting you to buy their brand spanking new product.  Don't be suckered in, be different.  So maybe you're not so creative to think up your own idea, look online and I promise you'll find something - really there's just no excuse or reason for you not to do it.  Just some food for thought.

Well anyways, good bye for now,

Love, Lauren x