With Christmas around the corner, we wanted to talk about gift ideas. Partially this is because we are going to be at the Castle Quarter this Saturday and Sunday (16th and 17th November 2019, but also because if possible I want to help with a few different gift ideas you may not have thought of.
Reynard City Gift Ideas
As part of our stand at the Castle Quarter (More info on our event page here) we will be offering different gift options including mugs, chocolate, comics and special gift packs (shoutout to Badge Base, Saffire Artisan Chocolates and Minuteman Press for supplying us, all good places for potential gift ideas that can be personalised)
— Lillabilla Personalised Jewellery (@lillabillajewel) November 11, 2019
1. Start early- Yes people moan about this but if you can this will help spread the cost.
2. Budget ideas- Charity shops and second hand places can be great places to pick up bargains.
3. The thought that counts- This does not mean “You remembered to get a present”. However much you spend try to think what people want.
4. Use what you’ve got- If you’re like me and rubbish with giftwrapping reuse boxes and get gift bags as much as possible, or give gift vouchers (though check to see if it’s the kind of thing they like such as cinema vouchers, cafes etc).
5. Personalised items often help, such a gift basket of food they like or something tailored to their particular interests (eg fave football team, cooking etc).
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— Becca & Tom (@whatmummysaysuk) October 5, 2019
As part of Norwich Kitty networking, I’ve learned more about the importance of supporting local business. Equally, I think there is something special when you can offer something that you can’t find elsewhere.
Here’s a quick run down of a few faves-
Tweets by Bookbugsdragon1– As well as selling a certain fox based superhero comic, this is a great place for buying kid’s books, young adult fiction and also has a nice little cafe area.
Canary Comics– Outside of our own site, the best seller of our comic. They support local artists like Ben Allen, as well as being a great source of comics, merchandise and toys (ideal for stocking fillers or for someone with a love of a particular comic).
D’Almaine Photography– Great photographer, a photoshoot can be a special present for a couple or family, plus her own award-winning work looks fantastic.
Allykats Photography– Best known for pet photography, but also great for headshots and family photos too!
Meditation PT– Know someone who needs to wind down? A few meditation sessions can make a massive difference (I should know I’ve done it and Peter does a great job!)
Local eateries – Super shoutout to the lovely folk at That Cafe, Last Pub Standing, Figbar, Muffin Break, Gin Temple, all fantastic places (If you know somewhere people like to go, surprise them with a coffee or a drink credit!)
Tastebud Wines- Want to get someone a nice wine but don’t know where to start? Talk to Steve Hearnden.
I am biased as a writer, but I do feel books are a good gift at Christmas as reading should be encouraged in a positive way, not just as something to be studied. For more awesome writers check out #WritingCommunity on Twitter.
Edward Couzens-Lake: A long time supporter of Reynard City, Edward’s work is great for fans of Norwich City and Norfolk culture, plus he is a fantastic copywriter available for commissions as well.
The 2nd #poem for our followers to muse and #Getcreative about is this offering from Ian Rudd.
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— XADRUM (@XADRUM) October 30, 2019
— Lizzie Chantree (@Lizzie_Chantree) November 5, 2019
Who is ready for a cozy romance for the holidays?
Come fall in love with Lora Kate and Sam!
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— Sparkly Snow Jingle Bells Mandy (@mandylawson7) November 5, 2019
Also super shoutout to the very talented Melissa Compton, top writer!
Previously on X-Men If like me you know someone that loved the 90s cartoon series, this is a great gift. Plus Julia and Eric Lewald are awesome and have been very supportive of Reynard City, so felt they deserved a shoutout!
Artist commissions and craft work
We’ve mentioned a couple already, I recommend looking up #CreativeBizHour to find some of the incredible creative talent offering unique items for people who appreciate fine craftwork!
It is also worth commissioning artists, as they can create something unique. Also by going to a company you can put them on mugs, T-shirts, coasters etc so they have a physical gift as well.
Check out my latest product: https://t.co/WJfwrsYwXq
— GreyofPTA☕ (@GreyofPTA) October 25, 2019
Do you know someone who does crafts or commissions, as well as your own gift ideas (including any work that you do)? Comment below!
We have a lot of people to thank for this project, which is why we made this special thanks playlist. But super shoutout to Visualise for our website, our sponsors, all our awesome artists, guest contributors and all the crowdfunders that make this happen. If you want to support us, check out Patreon, Ko-Fi and Paypal. Also if you would like to pre-order a gift pack please get in touch!