The sales are on with a vengeance. I try and avoid them these days, simply because most of the sales items are trucked in especially, you don’t get too many real bargains anymore.
One thing the sales are good for though is buying presents. I have three friends who have just had, or are going to have, babies. So after seeing the Life of Pi at the movies, which happened to be in a shopping complex, I checked out the department store Myer.
Clothes for my friends’ babies bought in the sale
I love looking at baby clothes! They are just so small and cute. It’s enough to make me want to have a baby myself! Almost 🙂
So I bought all of these clothes for $46. Originally these were $74. So I saved $28.
I bought six cards for $1, and now I’m sorted. Yay for sales!
It was my Mum’s birthday in October. Unlike my Dad, she doesn’t get too worked up about birthdays, so I just sent her a card. I wanted to give her something nice though, because she’s really been there for me this year.
I was going through my wardrobe and came across a Max leather jacket I bought when I first arrived in Wellington. I hadn’t worn it in over three years, so I was going to try and sell it when I remembered how much my Mum loved it when I showed it to her when she’d visited Wellington. She loves grey leather things, and they’re very rarely available. It was also three quarter length sleeves which suits both of us, because we are both short with little arms!
I bought the jacket on sale, and being three years ago I can’t remember exactly how much it was, but it was probably about $100.
Perfect! Rather than buy her something she may or may not like, I decided to bring the jacket to Sydney as a belated birthday present. I’m happy to say, she loved it. She reminded me that she’d even tried to buy one for herself when she was in Wellington but the shop had sold out. Happy belated birthday Mum!
The leather jacket I gave to my Mum as a belated birthday present. She loved it!
The pinafore I sewed for myself which I’ll give to my little niece
Have you ever gifted something you wanted to keep for yourself?
I got really excited a few weeks ago when I bought five pieces of funky fabric for $1 each (so $5 in total). I sewed a bag for my sister and one for a colleague, both of which I would have liked to keep for myself.
Then I started on a project to sew a gardening pinafore. I followed the 1970s pattern, but when it was complete, it wouldn’t even fit over my head! I couldn’t even fit it on the mannequin I bought recently.
So I’m going to give it to my little niece for Hannukah/Christmas. I hope it fits her!
And on that same note, it was Christmas bookclub on Wednesday night where we play our own version of Secret Santa. Each of us has to bring a wrapped book that we’ve “loved in the past. Or think you would love. Preread/ preloved is fine.”
Secret Santa present, a copy of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet wrapped with brown paper and material ribbon
I’d bought a practically brand new copy of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet for a creative writing course I never started. I’ve read and loved Cloudstreet in the past, so I wrapped it up. I used brown paper that I’d received when I bought some graph paper for the pinafore project, and the ribbon was actually a piece of scrap material from my sewing projects. The wrapping definitely wasn’t the prettiest but it did the trick and I’m pleased to say that Cloudstreet was a hit too, being “stolen” in the Secret Santa twice (the maximum number of “steals” allowed).
Tonight I went to a house cooling party. I took some cider and a bag of handmade chocolates. The chocolates were worth $26 but I had a voucher from GrabOne that expires on Monday. I’d bought the voucher knowing it would come in handy for a time just like this. I only payed $10 but got more than double the value. It definitely pays to think ahead.
Last week, Wellington hosted one of the biggest movie premieres I’ve ever seen (but I must admit, I haven’t been to too many movie premieres!). I went down to Courtenay Place to check out the action, and was given this wizard’s hat in the hobbit village.
The wizard’s hat from The Hobbit premiere
I actually needed a hat at the time, because the sun was beating down quite fiercely, although I had to hold onto the hat quite tightly to stop it blowing off my head in the wind that this city is renowned for.
My question is this. I don’t want the hat. While I will probably go and see The Hobbit at the cinema, I’m not a die hard fan so I feel no need to keep it. Can I gift it to someone for their birthday? I would obviously match it with another present, but is giving a freebie as a birthday present just a bit too cheap? Could it be a nice keepsake from Wellington? Does the fact that some people around the world would kill for this hat make it any better as a present? I’m really undecided! At least it’s quite obvious that this hat was a giveaway, I’m not fooling anyone. Have you ever regifted a gift?