Inspiring gift ideas and festive fun for all the family
Maria, our resident blogger, finds fabulous gift ideas and festive inspiration in the Gifts & Cards department.
It’s here! It’s here! ‘Holidays are coming, holidays are coming’, so the famous drinks company tells us. I know the Americans are busy preparing themselves for Thanksgiving and as soon as that is over they will be hurtling towards Christmas. But it doesn’t need to be like that for you.
With our help you can begin your preparations in reasonable time, thus enjoying the whole Christmas experience. It is true what they say, Christmas does come round at the same time every year but we are still surprised and caught out by it. But not this year!
Let’s make a list, and at times like this it is good to be organised.
Have you visited our card department recently? Well, it is fantastic. You can find cards for nearly every occasion and what’s more we now sell stamps! You can now buy books of stamps at the till when you purchase your cards, saving you time as you won’t need to queue across the road to buy stamps – unless you are posting abroad of course. To help you prioritise your Christmas card buying and posting here are the final posting dates for Christmas cards.
|Wednesday||4 December||Asia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand|
|Friday||6 December||Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America, Middle East|
|Monday||9 December||Cyprus, Eastern Europe|
|Tuesday||10 December||Canada, France, Greece and Poland|
|Saturday||14 December||Western Europe (excluding France, Greece and Poland)|
|Wednesday||18 December||2nd class and Royal Mail signed for|
|Friday||20 December||1st class and Royal Mail signed for|
|Monday||23 December||Royal Mail special delivery guaranteed|
There are Christmas cards for different members of the family, friends and neighbours. If you want to give them something they can keep, we have some lovely personalised Christmas baubles that double as mini money boxes – a great alternative to a money card! We also have a variety of boxed charity Christmas cards to choose from. So why not come in and take a look for yourself.
If you’d like some Christmas gift inspiration, various members of our team have been asked to make a wish list of the items they would like to receive this Christmas. Watch out for these on our website and on Facebook and Twitter over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, let me tell you about the things we have in our gift department from stocking fillers and table talkers to main presents that are a little bit different.
We have games from Dr. Who, QI board games, Bendomino, large print Scrabble and Passout to the classic retro games we used to play when we were younger such as Jacks, table skittles, tiddlywinks and magnetic fishing. And do you know? They are proving to be very popular!
We have books for the lateral thinker, joke books and beautiful books for children to keep. There are games to play at the table on Christmas Day or Boxing Day and stocking fillers in abundance.
We have whisky gift sets, port sets including port and cheese board, wine sets, Baileys sets, Bordeaux lovers case and a chocolate lovers hamper. There are Christmas spirits from Friary Liqueur – we have had a tasting and they are delicious.
There are foodie gifts from Mrs Bridges and delicious after dinner chocolates.
We have chocolate fondues, and popcorn makers, crafting gifts such as mugs for children to paint, knitting and weaving sets, jigsaws and jigsaw rolls.
Edge Sculpture – Owl
There are candles and scents galore – I always like coming down to the gift department this time of year the scents are so warm and cosy. Yankee Candles have some new fragrances out this year: Snowflake Cookie, Merry Marshmallow, Christmas Memories, Season of Peace and Sugared Apple. They smell delicious, I could just eat them! We also have the Wax Lyrical candles and the accessories for the candles are beautiful, but if you are worried about the flame, there are reed diffusers that give out a lovely scent all the time.
We have advent calendars, calendars and diaries, notebooks, pens and pen sets. There are picture frames, wine glasses, ‘shoe’ wine bottle holders and stoppers
At the other end of the scale we have a variety of Edge Sculptures from the large gorilla, to small plants and animals
….and this year, exclusive to Harveys as a member of Associated Independent Stores, is the Harvey Bear! You will find them scattered around the store, come in and feel the cuddly softness.
But it’s not just for Christmas we have gifts for all occasions, birthdays, weddings, christenings and even if it is just to say thank you we will have something.
Whether it’s a Christmas, wedding, christening, birthday or a just because gift, your gift choice can be beautifully gift wrapped free of charge. You can choose from the corporate silver wrapping paper or buy from our range of luxurious wrapping papers and we will wrap it for you.
If you are buying gifts throughout the store you are very welcome to come down to the gift department choose your wrapping paper and we will wrap the gift for you.
This Christmas all donations from our festive gift wrapping service will go to the Community Foundation of Calderdale Christmas Meal Appeal.
Until the next time, when we will talk about cooking and table settings. Happy shopping and see you in store.