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7 Christmas gifts that don't cost a single thing, and 7 gifts that do – 2019/2020!!

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7 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 7 gifts that do – 2019/2020!!

I do so love winter!

It’s that great time of year.

Christmas & the New Year!

I love the crispness of the air, the early evenings, the freshness of the cold, and the darkness when the lights come out.

I love it so, because December is my most favourite month ever, and also the month of my birth!

It’s my very own birthday!

Yipee!

It was my birthday a few weeks ago – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018

Last year, I had a bit of a do!

How so?

Well, instead of having a huge birthday party, I decided to treat my family to an all-expenses-paid-entirely-by-me weekend away, to Prague!

Yay!

The Czech Republic is one of my favourite countries.

Indeed, before I came to live in Germany as a British Expat, once upon a time, I lived in Prague!

On Charles Bridge – Karlův Most – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018
In front of Charles Bridge – Karlův Most – Happy Birthday to me! Victoria in Prague
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Czech Republic – December 2018

Don’t I look happy?

I even managed to do some of my Christmas Shopping!

Speaking of Xmas Shopping.

Aaaaah!

The horror of Christmas shopping – Get me out of here!

You might not be excited about winter or the horror of Christmas shopping, but you are still liable to the festive season.

At least in Europe you are!

Yikes!

So let’s make a deal.

Instead of wasting a huge amount of money on things you either don’t need, or probably already have, making the issue of #firstworldproblems completely and utterly true.

Let’s figure out a way to make Christmas time as pain-free as possible.

A portrait of Christmas taken from our garden! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

So come with me as I feature 7 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing if you’re broke, and don’t have a penny to your name. And 7 gifts that do, for those who have the dosh, and want to spend it!

DISCLOSURE!

Please note that The British Berliner is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates programme, an affiliate programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon, Amazon UK & Amazon Germany.

In short, there are five affiliate link companies connected to this post! Every time one of these services is used, booked, and paid for via my link, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!
A win-win for all!

7 CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT DON’T COST A SINGLE THING, AND 7 GIFTS THAT DO!!

The Christmas Market is not to be missed in Hamburg. Or anywhere else in Germany! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Hamburg – Dec 2017

Here we go!

1.  MAKE A PHOTOGRAPHY ALBUM

Photographs don't cost a single thing!
Photographs don’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

In todays’ world, pretty much everyone and his mother has a mobile phone. In many cases, a smart phone too.

It doesn’t take a genius to take a photograph or two of yourself, your friends and family, or even your hobby using stuff like postcards, ticket stubs, old T-shirts, money, etc, making your photography more than just a bunch of photos, but a scrapbook of your life.

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The Music Producer & I, in Italy! Italy in photography: My homage to a remarkable country! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Italy

And theirs!

Then all you have to do is upload the photographs, edit as appropriate, then send off to your loved ones by Email.

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

It does. It’s Christmas!!
The INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic Retro Camera!

If you’re looking for something different, why not get a retro camera for instant photographs with your friends and family. ‘Remember when this was a thing?

I recommend this fabulous INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic camera – because it’s a blend of stylish quality with a retro camera design that looks good, feels great, has a full range of camera functions, and performs beautifully!

It also comes in classic black!

And get this.

Prices are very affordable!

Go on.

Spoil yourself!

2.  MAKE MUSIC

A personalised mixed tape doesn't cost a single thing!
A personalised mixed tape doesn’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

Ha! Ha! Not a measuring tape.

I mean tape cassette!?

Tape?!&%!!

When was the last time that you actually saw a good ‘ol cassette player?

Like never!

Nevertheless, the sentiment remains the same. Why not make a customised mixed playlist from your huge collection on iTunes or Spotify, and make a CD! You can even sing on it….!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

On the other hand, if you’ve ever wanted to be in your own rock band, and make your own style of music, now you can!

I recommend this really cool RockJam Full Size Electric Guitar Superkit. It even comes with it’s own amp, strings, tuner, strap, case and cable, as well as an association of colours – black, red, brown, and sunburst!

Perfect for the aspiring beginner!

And get this.

Prices are remarkable!

Move over Eric Clapton!

Ha!

3.  MAKE YOUR OWN COOKBOOK

Making your very own cook and recipe book, doesn’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

I’m not the best of cooks.

Even though I love eating wonderful food, and I have a whole bookshelf of cookery books.

I SIMPLY CAN’T COOK!

But if you can, why not make your very own cook and recipe book for your friends and family?

Add personalised notes and extra information about why you chose that particular recipe, ‘cos who doesn’t like something delicious. Or even the secret to making a good cup of tea!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

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Croatian food is most delicious! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Croatia

If you fear that you might kill people, leave it to the experts, and buy your loved ones a cookery book instead, so that they can make it like mummy used to.

Properly!

If the pressure is far too much, why not try out some fun cookbooks, to remind you of your obsession in 2019 instead…

If you’re a fan of the TV Series Outlander, then you’ve just got to get these books:

Speaking of Outlander, a self-published writer – Charly D. Miller – reached out to me to request use of one of my photographs on their Outlandish Scotland Journey Travel Guidebook about real places in Scotland associated with the popular TV series & STARZ’ TV show – Outlander!

I gave them permission and there it is on Site #16, page 180, in the e-book below!

My photograph is of the ruin of Urquhart Castle in Drumnadrochit, Inverness – a part of the Jacobite story and also one of the oldest castles in Scotland, and the third (3rd) most visited site in the country, after Edinburgh and Stirling!

Isn’t that cool!

If you want to support the author, the link is below!

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Now don’t get me started on Game of ThronesSeason Eight, as I can’t stand the disappointment!

Having said that, here’s something that might explain why the Game of Thrones Producers did or didn’t do, what they did!

In fact, I really like the book so I’m getting one for myself too!

So what are you waiting for?

p.s. The guide above is based on the TV series not the Game of Thrones books so don’t troll me OK!

4. USE YOUR GARDEN

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Organic strawberries from our garden in Berlin ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Germany – June 2019

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

We all eat far too much!

Using the fruit and vegetables from your garden, your terrace, or even your windowsill, can give you pickles and jams galore!

Food should be a delight, but most people eat far too much!

Instead of throwing out your excess fruit, make jam and give them to your friends and family.

Instead of throwing out your excess vegetables, make chutney and give them to your neighbours.

And if you’re worried about the effects of dry summers and warms winters, then by all means, go ahead and make your own pickles!

My garden. Notice the bunting in the background!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner
One of the apples from our garden!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

We have a plum tree, an apple tree, a blackberry tree, and hundreds of home-grown vegetables.

We have our own wormery and compost box.

We make our own jam & jelly, make our own fruit smoothies, make our own chutney and sauces, bake our own bread and we even make our own pasta!

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Organic potatoes from our garden in Berlin ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Germany – June 2019

Fresh produce is fantastic ‘cos there are no added chemicals.

In fact, no added anything at all!

Just put in a little sunshine, a bit of water, some basic pruning from time-to-time, a couple of old teabags, crushed eggshells, dried coffee granules, some hay, and you’ve got yourself a vegetable patch and freshness to last you through the winter!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

I’m a very bad cook, but I do actually know how to grow my own food!

Yes.

I do!

And in this day and age of chemicals, fertilisers, horsemeat, and who knows what in our food, isn’t it about time that you get yourself a garden book and learn how to find fruit and vegetables that is simply all around us?

Here’s more of the same!

And for the vegans out there or for non-vegans like myself, who just like good healthy food, check out the books below:

And it won’t hurt!

And for adults only!

Why wait?

5.  DETOX YOUR WARDROBE!

Sample – cm at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 ©Ulrike Sophie Rindermann

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

I think we all know where this is going and unless you’ve been living under a rock, the ugly fact is that most of us have too many clothes!

Worse of all, we don’t even wear what we buy!

And if we do go so far as to actually wear what we have bought, we wear them just once or twice, and then throw them away!

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Most people by their very nature are charitable and want to help others, as such, many of us donate our clothes to some sort of charity but shockingly, these “charities” don’t always keep our clothes to give to the needy.

Oh dear me no.

They get sold on to developing nations in bundles, where in no time at all, you’ll see your “one-of-a-kind T-shirt” billowing away on the clothes rack of a market stall in Angola.

Or best case scenario, ripped apart by local workers who get pittance for their labour and plunged into slowly destroying their already fragile environments.

What to do?

  • Buy less
  • Repair your clothes
  • Swap items with your mates
  • Ensure that your clothes can be re-used or recycled in a responsible, ethical way
  • And if you’re really into it, make your own clothes or get your grandparents to show you how!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

A model with a ballet slipper on her head and wrapped around her body. Yep! I’Vr Isabel Vollrath – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017 © Victor Boyko/Getty Images for IMG

If you’d like to know more about fast fashion, here are some items that can be bought from organic, eco-friendly organisations as well as books, to help you understand better.

6.  READ A BOOK

Reading a book doesn't cost a single thing!
Reading a book doesn’t cost a single thing!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

If you’re clever, getting a book for free is as easy as getting a slice of bread!

All you had to do is search for a classic book online, or go to the free openlibrary.org or your local library, and the book is yours!

Certainly the Berlin Central and Regional Library (ZLB), yearly library membership cost between just €5.00 – €10.00 a year, and includes being able to borrow DVDs, Videos, Music CDs, Booklets, Audio books, Art related items, and up to 60 books at a time!

On top of that, you have access to every other public library in the city.

All pretty much free of charge.

Gosh!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

Why waste time?

Buy your loved ones a kindle, and they can have a book for life!

Kindles are on special offer right now, and they’re much cheaper than an iPad!

I have Kindle on my iPad, and Kindle on my Samsung Galaxy 8+ phone, and a few years ago we bought The Tall Young Gentleman a Kindle Fire Tablet, and he’s still using it!

For children, teenagers and Millennials, Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, is your man! It also comes in canary yellow, marine blue, and punch red!

I really don’t think you can get cheaper than this, with all the extra features!

If you’re a dedicated reader, then the All-New Kindle Paperwhite is probably more useful!

Whatever.

Buy a Kindle!

7.  WRITE YOUR OWN BOOK or START YOUR OWN BLOG

How to write & publish a book! I prefer paper or hard back!
How to write & publish a book!
I prefer paper or hard back!

IT DOESN’T COST A SINGLE THING!

Get yourself a glass of wine.

Grab some plain white paper or your laptop and get writing!

IT DOES! IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

Buy the book of someone else.

An ordinary person.

Just like you.

Someone like my very own brother, who wrote a children’s book called THE BEEHIVE.

In just three (3) months!

Or simply buy a coffee book!

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Wouldn’t you like to own such beautiful photographs?

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If you want to be like me when you grow up – a well-respected smart British – German blogger, all you have to do is to get yourself a website host such as Blue Host, and open up the website of wordpress.com

It’s really easy and can be done in all of 10 minutes!

Here’s a simple guide I wrote, about how to start a blog!

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You can actually start a new blog before the year runs out and 2020 begins.

Cool stuff!

If you’re still having problems or would prefer a step-by-step live guide, I offer a personal consultancy which can be done in either English or German!

Nifty!

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So what are you waiting for, Xmas & the New Year is just around the corner.

Get to work!

And good luck!

7 CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT DON’T COST A SINGLE THING, AND 7 GIFTS THAT DO!!

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7 Christmas gifts that don’t cost a single thing, and 7 gifts that do – 2019/2020!!

This article isn’t sponsored and all opinions and amazing gifts, presents and ideas, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

I’ll tell you all about it next year!

If you’re not in Berlin in winter, you’re not going to have any sausages!

Yay!

Watch this space!

DISCLOSURE!

Please note that The British Berliner is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates programme, an affiliate programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon, Amazon UK & Amazon Germany.

In short, there are five affiliate link companies connected to this post! Every time one of these services is used, booked, and paid for via my link, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!
A win-win for all!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

So what are you waiting for?

Thanks a million!

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Which of these gifts do you like? Would you buy them for yourself? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in Berlin.

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