12.11.2012
Christmas goodies
Great Elm's new gifts are just the job but we have other ideas too.

You may not have noticed but Christmas is coming!  And scarily it will be here very soon.  I have a friend who starts thinking about presents in, well, about June. Or rather, she never stops thinking about them. She's a serious shopper, a woman dedicated to the dark arts of shopping and, it must be said, the light of giving: she finds stupendous gifts and is marvellously generous. For me, and our household, things aren't quite the same. I'm not good at shopping: to be honest I find it quite dreary.  But I do like giving.

I was in London earlier this week, in Knightsbridge. Harrods was looking very glossy but I couldn't summon any enthusiasm for all that glitz. It was over-heated, over-bright, and the sales staff, balanced on spike heels, make-up so thick and sprayed hair so brittle that a smile could have started an avalanche, seemed far too posh to push their wares. I left.

On the train I decided that making a few things for friends and family might be a bit more fun and a tad more friendly.  

So I've come up with a Rose & Lavender Dusting Powder and a Ginger & Sugar Body Scrub. Each makes a beautiful gift or, of course, you might just want them for yourself (even if it is the Season of Giving sometimes giving yourself a bit of a boost is no bad thing).  Most commercial dusting powders are full of talcum powder which is a mineral and has been allied to some cancers and respiratory difficulties. Body scrubs are often packed with horrible preservatives and mineral oils, neither of which is much good to you.

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