Life Simplified: Affordable Gifts From the Heart
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Shopping for something special for your loved ones can be fun and rewarding. Or not.
If your heart-felt attempts at gift-giving tend to turn into frantic, costly shopping marathons that miss the mark then maybe it’s time to pause and reflect.
“For most people the challenge is definitely time,” says Sebastien Centner, president and director of Toronto-based Eatertainment, a catering and event planning company recognized as ‘Best Caterer in Canada’ by the Canadian Event Industry Association.
“People tend to shop late, shop rushed and they don’t think about things ahead of time. But with a little pre-planning there are some great options.”
Here are some of Sebastien’s ideas for affordable gifts from the heart:
4) Personalized serving pieces:
“It seems everybody’s always scrambling to find the right serving board or plate,” says Sebastien. “So if somebody’s over at our house and says, ‘oh, I really love that aged wooden planter’ or whatever it happens to be, we always keep that in mind and try to find something similar to give them as a gift.”
5) Parting party gifts:
If you have a big family get-together over the holidays and want everybody to leave with a little something, Sebastien recommends his “hot chocolate lolly pops”. You simply fill ice-cube trays with melted chocolate, adding in tiny bits of candy cane or mint if you like. Mix them up and put the tray in the freezer. Once the chocolate cubes are almost solid, insert lolly pop sticks and return to the freezer until fully frozen. When they’re done, wrap individually in a little acrylic bag tied with ribbon and a note that says, ‘thanks so much for joining our holiday celebration.’ Include instructions, which are to heat a big mug of milk, insert the chocolate lolly pop for a few minutes, then voila, a rich, yummy hot chocolate.
A lot of Eatertainment’s recipes and entertaining ideas are posted on their website. “We absolutely love this business and we love sharing our ideas,” says Sebastien. “If people can take one of our ideas and make it their own to enhance their own entertaining or gift-giving, then we’ve done something right.”