I have varied my Christmas shopping this year with buying a combination of handmade gifts from fairs, supporting local small businesses with purchasing lovely Christmas decorations and I've bought toys/ china from larger shops. I will also be making quite a few presents- or at least the bag/ stocking they will be given in. The lion share of shopping is now complete but I still have a few items left to get. But I still haven't been to the Manchester European Markets so there's no panic!
With the very poor weather, it's hard to feel positive about shopping though and for the first time in a few years, I haven't put my tree up on the 1st :( I've continued the de-cluttering and tidying as I really want to love the decorations and not feel like they're adding to mess!
I've taken some pics of my recent purchases; these are the decorations I bought from the Warrington Christmas Craft Fair from Saturday 1st December. I wanted to buy more presents but I really didn't see gifts to tempt me although the inside Vintage market was beautiful again. I was surprised and impressed at the price of items at this market- they were very reasonable-cheap even. Enough writing, here are the pics!