Christmas is very much a traditional celebration for us...We simply learned to combine three nations and two continents in our festivities, taking the little things that made such a part of our lives in the not so distant past and incorporating them in new traditions. I imagine we are not the only ones!
Christmas of course is all about sharing! Whilst we are faraway from 'home' and loved ones, we keep in touch as best we can throughout the year but we still like to ship a parcel or two during the Holiday Season!
And like many, we prefer homemade when all possible...It means so much more than store bought!
Christmas shopping...It used to be fun...Until people forgot the true meaning of Christmas and fought in the stores over a coveted item (or two...I cannot forget the picture of a man pushing a cart with 2 - 50" inches telly on Black Friday!)
Online shopping however quieter is not always as expected... I won't bore you with tales of woes when purchasing clogs from an Irish seller, only to find out the item was shipped from Poland...and so poorly packed the clogs were damaged in transit...(not once, but twice!!).
I hesitate shopping online as I consider myself warned (once bitten, twice shy...) but there are exceptions to the rule of course!
Let me introduce you to two online shopping GREAT experiences:
The first is THE SWALLOW's TALE:
If you are looking for one of a kind piece of jewelry, this is the place! Featured in a Victoriana periodical, her logo and samples of jewelry just caught my eye.
Alexa is a exquisite artist with an eye for details! Here you will find just the item you are hoping to give to your Mum, sister or friend this holiday season!
The only problem you will have is in choosing...and then gifting...You will be tempted to keep it for yourself!
Each item is lovingly packed and includes her signature card!
The second one is BOTANIC BLEU:
Judy loves all Country French inspired things and shares with others her passion!
Her seasonal shoppe is open this Christmas but unless you live in Texas and have the opportunity to stop by, you might just like to pop up on her online shoppe (do so asap as her sale is going on right now!)
She not only provided me with that special gift for 'the person who has everything' but wetted my appetite for items I simply could not resist for myself! (I was good, I chose just one!)
Judith shares her ideas in her blog so be sure to stop by and check it out!
Do you have a favourite online shoppe?
Note to Readers: I am not affiliated in any way with either party and was not remunerated for mentioning the shoppes!