I need some exciting Xmas presents ideas
The only thing which can make it a bit stressful is finding those all-important perfect gifts. It’s a good thing that you came to visit us then! At Bags of Love, we specialise in making gorgeous personalised Christmas gifts, which will be loved and treasured for years. Our lovely range of handmade customised products are the perfect remedy to your Xmas presents ideas woes. We have everything from personalised Christmas decorations to custom designer clothing. Trust us, all you need to do is pick your product and your design and we will take care of the rest.
I’ve never designed personalised Christmas gifts before
Well, now is the perfect time to start. Our lovely team of customer service elves (well, they are regular people really but come on, it’s Christmas) are on hand to help with all of your queries. You can speak to them on the phone, via email or even on our online chat. We’re very sophisticated here at Bags of Love. If you need some advice as to what to get or you need some Xmas presents ideas, they will help get the ball rolling for you and be there every step of the way. We do things personally here!
Christmas is a time for presents and gift-giving. It can be a real joy and we want to make it joyful for you. Our personalised Christmas gifts are full of festive cheer, with jingle bells on. They make super thoughtful and unique presents, which you won’t find anywhere else.
What sort of gifts do you make?
Gorgeous handmade gifts, perfect for stocking stuffers, Secret Santas and great big whoppers under the tree. Christmas photo gifts add a truly unique touch. If you are looking to design something special for someone special, our Personalised Christmas Bedding gifts are fabulous. From duvet covers and pillowcases to quilts; you can design the bed of your dreams. If your recipient is a bit of a budding chef, then our range of Personalised Kitchen Gifts are ideal. Personalised Aprons and Photo Trays and Customised Mugs and Photo Placemats and loads more. They could open their own restaurant! Or how about something gorgeously sweet and sentimental? Our Christmas Books and Albums tick all the right boxes for a Christmas gift they will love and treasure always.
A Look at Christmas Through the Ages
A Visit from St. Nicholas
A Visit from St. Nicholas is a poem, written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822. It is one that we almost all know of, yet very few people know the title. It is much more commonly called ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ or ‘The Night Before Christmas’, which is the first line of the poem rather than its title. This poem helped with popularising gift exchange, making it much more commonplace as a Christmas tradition.
A family affair
It wasn’t until 1834 that Christmas Day became a bank holiday in the UK, with Boxing Day joining it in 1871. During this mid-Victorian revival, writers of the early 19th century imagined Christmas, especially throughout the Tudor times, being celebratory and heartfelt. In 1843, A Christmas Carol was written, which almost immediately played a huge part in making Christmas the holiday of family and goodwill, as we recognise it today.
What the Dickens…?
Charles Dickens, the author of A Christmas Carol, influenced many aspects of the modern Christmas. In fact, this novel was where the term “Merry Christmas” originated, or at least what caused it to become popular. The word 'Merry' originally meant pleasant, or merely agreeable. However, during this time it was beginning to evolve in meaning to something much more powerful, now depicting joy, cheerfulness and jolliness. A Christmas Carol also gave us the term ‘Scrooge’ meaning someone who wasn’t fond of the celebratory customs of Christmastime, as well as the phrase “Bah! Humbug” to signify the dismissal of festive cheer.
The Carol Philosophy
Using his novel, Charles Dickens began to construct a festival which puts the family at its heart. Seeking generosity, worship and feasting, for all: rich or poor, healthy or sick. The birth of Christmas games, dancing and ‘Christmas Spirit’ came from the way he wrote, with a huge emphasis on his humanitarian visions and ideals. Family gatherings and Christmas feasting became extremely popular and are a time-honoured tradition that is still practised to this day.
During the introduction of the famous Dickens novel, the Oxford Movement and the growth of Anglo-Catholicism were also appearing. This led to the traditional Christmas rituals, and some of the more religious observances becoming increasingly popular once more. Even today these still play a huge role in the Christmastime celebrations. Midnight Mass, which occurs on Christmas Eve going into Christmas Day is widely attended, with people who were raised in Christian families attending despite not visiting the church at any other point during the year.
The First Christmas in New England
With the increasing popularity of exchanging gifts, Christmas began to become much more commercialised. Season shopping grew in economic importance, and cultural conflict broke out. There was contention between those that supported the season’s spiritual significance and those that sought profit from the commercialism. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s story ‘Christmas: or, the Good Fairy’ from the book ‘The First Christmas in New England’ - released in 1850 - references a character who saw this commercialism as corrupting the holiday. The character complains that the true meaning of Christmas was lost in a shopping spree.
The True Meaning of Christmas
The phrase ‘true meaning of Christmas’ is thought to have originated during this mid-19th-century era of change. The transition towards a more commercially focused celebration caused an extremely adverse reaction, and this phrase was one of the earliest expressions which displayed the sentiment of missing what Christmas is all about. It has been used in many contexts, numerous Christmas films and even the Urbi et Orbi address of Pope John Paul II in 2003.