Five ways to reuse your old Christmas cards

I’m looking with dismay at my beautiful display of Christmas cards. I know Christmas is over, but I can’t quite bear to take them down yet, especially since some are handmade. 

Every year I’m faced with the same predicament, so this year I thought I would try and find some creative ways to reuse our Christmas cards. Here are a few of my favourite ideas, which could also be applied to other cards throughout the year…


1. Make gift tags for next year
All you need to do is develop a template shape that you like (you can use a commercial gift tag from this year) to trace around on the back of your Christmas cards. Simply cut out your tags, add string or ribbon of your choice (you can be as fancy as you like here) and then stash the tags with any left-over gift wrap and decorations for next year. You can find full instructions at www.thegoodstuffguide.com

http://www.thegoodstuffguide.com/upcycling-christmas-cards/

http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/2011/12/what-to-do-with-old-christmas-cards.html




2. Make Placemats
Simply cut out and layout or collage your cards together on an A3 or A4 piece of paper, glue down then laminate. You can also cut out and display the messages in the cards – your family will love reminiscing every time they use these special placemats.
 Image from www.thegoodstuffguide.com

3. Make a gift pouch
These little pouches are ideal for giving jewellery or other small gifts. 
See how to make one here
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Gift-Pouch-from-a-Greeting-Card
 Image from www.wikihow.com

4. Make a Christmas wreath
All you need to make this beautiful wreath is:
1. A stack of colourful Christmas cards
2. A holly leaf stencil/template
3. A hot glue gun
4. Toothpicks
5. A Styrofoam wreath
http://sweetlittlesmoothie.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/christmas-card-holder.html


5. Cut them up so your kids can practice their weaving skills
Kids will love working with the bright colours of the cards, and card is a lot easier to weave with than paper. Here’s what to do

http://www.baby-patch.com/blog/?p=367

What do you do with your old Christmas cards? 
We’d love your thoughts – please comment below…

Christmas Countdown Checklist: December – Week 3 and 4

Not long to go now! This week…

1. Last minute cleaning i.e. vacuuming, clean bathrooms, mop floors.
2. Mow the lawn and ensure pot plants and front door area is neat and tidy.
3. Assemble gifts under Christmas tree. Check gift list to ensure everyone is covered.
4. Clear out freezer and organise ice and ice buckets/eskys for Christmas Day drinks.
5. Collect any pre-ordered meat and seafood.




The ‘night before’
1. Set the Christmas table
2. Relax with a nice glass of something chilled – you’ve worked hard and deserve it!

New Last-Minute Gift Ideas + 10% STORE-WIDE DISCOUNT until Sunday 15/12/13

We’ve been as busy as Santa’s Elves this week, unpacking lots of shiny new stock that has arrived just in time for Christmas. It’s not too late to place your last minute Christmas orders for those hard-to-buy-for people you’ve been procrastinating about buying a gift for.

There are lots of beautiful new wine accessories for wine enthusiasts, as well as the cool Buxton men’s gift range and gorgeous porcelain trays (perfect for serving your Christmas treats on) from US brand, Rosanna Inc.
 

SPECIAL OFFER: 10% off STORE-WIDE

To redeem your discount, simply enter Coupon Code ELF in the Coupon Code field when you place your order.

This offer is valid from Weds 11/12/13 until 5pm Sunday 15/12/13 and can’t be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to forward this offer onto your family and friends:)
 

How to cook a Turkey:

Step 1: Buy a turkey.
Step 2: Have a glass of wine.
Step 3: Stuff turkey.
Step 4: Have a glass of wine.
Step 5: Put turkey in oven.
Step 6: Relax, and have another few glasses of wine.
Step 7: Turk the bastey.
Step 8: Wine of glass another get.
Step 9: Ponder the meat thermometer.
Step 10: Glass yourself another pour of wine.
Step 11: Bake the wine for four hours.
Step 12: Take the oven out of the turkey.
Step 13: Floor the turkey up off the pick.
Step 14: Turk the carvey.
Step 15: Get yourself another wottle of bine.
Step 16: Tet the sable and pour yourself another glass of turkey.
Step 17: Say grace, throw-up, and pass out.

What’s new:

  • Fed up of the last-minute Christmas rush every year? Christmas doesn’t need to be a hassle, and it’s not too late to get organized. Check out our week-by-week Christmas Countdown Checklist to help keep you on track. This is one list that’s worth making, and checking twice!
     
  • Keep up to date with what’s happening at Mr Gift by visiting our Blog or the New Products page on our website.

Christmas delivery lead times:

Current delivery lead times from our Canberra head-quarters are as below:
 

  • To Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne: 2-3 business days
  • To Adelaide and Tasmania: 3-4 business days
  • To other capital cities: 5-6 business days
  • Country locations: 5 business days and approx. 7 days for country WA and NT.

We also offer an Express Post option for those super last-minute orders. Australia Post’s Express Post service guarantees next day delivery for 80% of Australian private addresses, business addresses and post office boxes. You can check here to see if your address is included in this network.

Contact us at info@mrgift.com.au or 1300 MR GIFT for an Express Post quote.

Don’t forget, we also offer FREE GIFT WRAPPING for all orders. Just type GIFT WRAP in the Comments box when you order.
 

Hope all your Christmas preparations are going smoothly:) 

Christmas Countdown Checklist: December – Week 1

This week…

17. Stock up on booze – beer, wine, bubbles, whatever your beverage choice is for the silly season.

18. Decorate your tree

19. Stocktake your tableware, including: glassware, crockery, cutlery, linen, etc. Mr Gift has some beautiful ice buckets and decanters to help you entertain in style.


Image from Freshome.com

20. Finish posting cards to friends and family in Australia

Read our Christmas Checklist for other weeks here…

Christmas Countdown Checklist: November – Week 4

This week…

1. Locate and unpack artificial tree and check all ornaments are in good condition.

2. Purchase additional ornaments if necessary.


Image from www.freefever.com

3. Finalise any hair and beauty requirements/appointments to ensure you look your best for upcoming Christmas parties.

4. Check pantry and purchase crackers, chips and other nibbles that will last until Christmas (you will also be prepared if visitors ‘drop in’).

Read our Christmas Checklist for other weeks here…

20% OFF STORE-WIDE SALE: Your gift shopping for men starts and finishes here!

The benefits of believing in Santa…

…as well as gift solutions for ALL the men you need to buy for this Christmas

Whilst going through a box of childhood treasures the other day, I came across a piece of evidence supporting the age-old childhood debate that Santa isn’t real. It was my old Santa notebook, that I left out with the beer and cookies (for Santa), as well as a carrot (for the reindeer) each year.

Every Christmas, Santa would faithfully leave me a little note (along with an empty beer glass, cookie crumbs and a carrot stalk) saying he hoped I enjoyed my presents and that I had a good Christmas. One Christmas, I realised that Santa had the same handwriting as my dad. Naïvely, I thought to myself, “Wow, Santa really is a cool guy – he’s even got the same handwriting as my dad!” Fortunately, this didn’t give the game away and I still believe in Santa 😉

Believing in Santa definitely works in my favour when it comes to the amount of presents I receive each year…although I think my husband might be onto me…

Anyway, I challenge you to believe in Santa this Christmas (even if you didn’t last year). Just write that Wish List, stick it on the fridge (or post it to the North Pole) and see what happens.

Here are a few ideas to add to your list (or someone else’s) while you’re at it, along with a helpful 20% discount…

SPECIAL OFFER: 20% off STORE-WIDE

To redeem your discount, simply enter Coupon Code SANTA in the Coupon Code field when you place your order.

This offer is valid from Sunday 17/11/13 until 7pm Weds 20/11/13 and can’t be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to forward this offer onto your family and friends:)

“Gadget Guy” gifts

What’s new:

  • Fed up of the last-minute Christmas rush every year? Christmas doesn’t need to be a hassle, and it’s not too late to get organized. Check out our week-by-week Christmas Countdown Checklist to help keep you on track. This is one list that’s worth making, and checking twice!
  • Keep up to date with what’s happening at Mr Gift by visiting our Blog or the New Products page on our website.

Don’t forget, we also offer FREE GIFT WRAPPING for all orders. Just type GIFT WRAP in the Comments box when you order.

Christmas Countdown Checklist: November, week 2

This week…

1. Get online shopping done and dusted (don’t forget to visit www.mrgift.com.au on your online travels). 

2. Are you staying at home for Christmas? If so, now is the time to check you’re ready to host a crowd. Check entertaining/outdoor areas i.e. outdoor lights are working and outdoor furniture is clean and not broken. The same rule applies to indoor furniture – check that your table is big enough and there are enough chairs – there’s nothing worse than a last-minute scramble to rustle up extra chairs.

3. Now is the time to stock up on wrapping paper, cards and gift tags. Shop around and look out for specials on these items.

http://www.sixthings.com.au/Shop/Doublesidedxmaswrappingpaper.aspx
 


4. Finalise Christmas card list.

5. Visitors staying over the Christmas period? This week check that you have enough bedding for them and set up your guest room so that it’s ready to go

Read our Christmas Checklist for other weeks here…

BRANDS OF THE WEEK: Kinuya and YMMN

Need a new wallet? 

New Japanese leather brands now in stock…

If your wallet is looking a bit tired i.e. dog-eared and missing a few stitches, then it’s definitely time to treat yourself. We’ve got some beautiful new wallets from two amazing brands we discovered on our recent buying trip in Japan: Kinuya AWA AI Japan Blue Leather and YMMN.

SPECIAL INTRO OFFER: Receive a 10% discount on any Kinuya AWA AI Japan Blue Leather or YMMN product purchased this week.
To redeem your discount, simply enter Coupon Code JAPAN in the Coupon Code field when you place your order.
Offer ends 5pm Sunday 10/11/2013 and can’t be used with any other offer or redeemed for cash. Please feel free to forward this offer onto your family and friends.

Kinuya AWA AI Japan Blue Leather

Traditionally, the dying and finishing processes used for textiles and leather use a  lot of chemicals. Many companies are now rethinking their processes and moving towards more sustainable practices. One such company is Japanese brand, Kinuya, who are renowned for their AWA AI premium leather goods. Kinuya’s point of difference is their dying process. They use the leaves from the indigo plant (indigofera polygonum) to produce a natural dye. This natural indigo dyeing method know as “Ai-zome” has been used in Japan since the 5th century. The ‘Ai-zome’ technique results in a clear, deep colour, known as ‘Japan Blue’. The Kinuya range consists of a unique collection of leather goods dyed ‘Japan Blue’, using this traditional, environmentally conscious method.

YMMN

YMMN is a family-run manufacturer of  leather goods established in 1948 by Mr Yamada Haruhiko. Today the company is owned and run by Mr Yamada’s son. The family have an established reputation as high-quality leather manufacturers in Japan’s leather goods industry. All of YMMN’s products are made in Japan by skilled craftsmen at their factory located in Tokyo. It takes the craftsmen approximately 3 hours to complete a men’s wallet.