Contrary to popular belief – I am very easy to buy for at Christmas. Firstly, I am very happy to see people and do not expect a gift. Just a phone call, visit or a meet-up can be lovely.
My favourite gifts at Christmas are not necessarily the expensive ones although the year my parents bought me a new saddle when I was eleven was a special highlight and I still have it to this day. It has pride of place in my tack room and is cleaned every month, even though I don’t have a horse it will ever fit!
Remember that my friends and family know me as ‘Alison the horse and dog-mad, country-loving’ person, not as ‘Alison the beauty expert working in London on TV’, so my Christmas wish list and favourite presents for the ‘at home Alison’ include hot water bottles, warm gloves, hats and scarves, thick socks, sometimes a new pair of wellies if mine have got worn out and I’m getting wet feet, something for my beloved kitchen and dresser ie: a new butter dish or some pretty mugs, anything to do with the dogs or horses like a new lead or new brushes.
One year I was thrilled to get a new lightweight plastic shovel!! Being a northerner a box of Thorntons Toffee all to myself is a must! Thermals are always welcome or a bottle of Advocate for my famous Christmas Snowball. If it is an extravagant gift, from Simon for example, it would be a new handbag.
Some years, Simon and I cancel Christmas presents and just have a few little treats if there has been a big expense such as a leaking roof or if we are saving up for something like a holiday or something for the home.