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COVER STORY

Christmas gifts

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la”

The season to be jolly is here and somewhere in the North Pole Santa's elves are working at full steam to get the gifts done in time and all packed up for Santa to pop in through the chimneys and leave them on the hearth. However, since in this part of the world Santa does not leave gifts for us to find when we wake up in the morning, we have to go and do gift and decoration shopping ourselves.

Not to fear, Lifestyle will be your guide this year!


LS IDEAS

Wrap it different this

CHRISTMAS

The snowflakes have long declared the arrival of the flying sledge, the world gearing up to welcome Santa and his nine reindeers with the generous spirit of Christmas. Here in Bangladesh, the seasonal chills of winter have drawn out the cloaks and the devoted Christians are preparing for the 'Boro Din' with as much indulgence and enthusiasm as anywhere else in the world. Churches get illuminated with lights that spread the festive force in anticipation of the Big Day, a festival that is celebrated with love, joy and sharing. As the streets and homes start taking on the form of Christmas wonderlands, with trees, branches and lights adorning houses and lining streets, a feeling of compassion and understanding begins to fill the air.

But no matter how this festival of love and remembrance is celebrated, it remains a time of giving, forgiving and receiving the love that is shared by community members and the love of God. Most families will spend Christmas Eve together, opening their gifts, talking and laughing, while Christmas songs linger in the background. Celebrating Christmas has nothing to do with spending a lot of money or having lavish parties. The biggest celebrations are the most personal ones spent with people whose company we love. An act as simple as giving someone a personalised gift that shows a lot of thought has gone into it can be enough to tilt the balance.

So what makes a gift extra special? It is obviously the attention that was given behind choosing it but also how it presents itself at first glance. Yes, it is very much possible to add some special touches to gift wrapping to show that you have gone extra lengths to make your loved one happy. So rather than just buying regular wrapping paper and draping it using cellophane, use your creativity to do something different this Christmas.

We all know that there are various kinds of wrapping papers available in the market, mostly in two kinds, the shiny ones and the matte paper ones. It is also the most commonly used element for gift-wrapping. Hence, to unleash your creativity, you can buy a white chart paper and paint it using water or oil paint in any way you want to turn it into a piece of art. It need not be the daintiest form of art that you have ever seen. Drawing random patterns with vibrant colours can turn it into a pretty canvas. Once the paper is completely dry, use it just like a wrapping paper to cover your gifts. And there you have a gift with a bit of you in it.

You can also try buying recycled paper found in various colours from places like Folk International and Jagoroni Handicrafts to use as wrapping. If you are a busy bee and do not have so much time to either paint or even wrap your Christmas gifts, you can opt for presenting your gift in an unusual gift bag. Such out-of-the-box gift bags can be found in Jaatra. The bags are printed in vibrant rickshaw paintings. You can opt for the plain jute bags found in Aarong if you want a more sophisticated version.

Accessorise your gifts to make them look a little fancier. There are ample options to choose from when it comes to adding these extra tidbits. Tie your gift up with a beautiful ribbon or you can do something out of the box with this too. You can use thin strips of printed fabric in any print you want to go with your gift wrap. Golden wires can be used to replace a ribbon and even feathery laces. You can also buy some pearl beads and use thread to make a string out of them. Use the pearl string just the way you would use ribbon. Do not forget to tie up that big oh-so-pretty bow at the end of the knot. To put a cherry on top, add a trinket at the centre of the bow. Christmas trinkets of various sizes and shapes like Santa, stars, fairies can be found in Folk International, Jagoroni and Aarong.

By Afrida Mahbub
Photo: Internet


 

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