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Gifts for Christmas Time

Gifts for Christmas Time

Did you know that the origins of Christmas go back to before the birth of Christ? Many ancient cultures celebrated a change of weather and seasons during the month of December. In Europe, for instance, the shortest day of the year takes place around the 25th of December and this date was often celebrated by pagans. Christmas and the festive season are no doubt still a very important time of year and are celebrated across the globe. At find-a-present.uk you will find a myriad of Christmas gifts unlike any others. These are authentic, fun and meaningful products at competitive prices. No matter who you are buying a gift for, you will definitely discover some really great ideas for all different types of people and for all demands and requirements - all in a single place of course! Whether you are buying a product for your mother, father, child, friend or even grandfather, there is something to suit your pocket right here. Start exploring our festive items today.

Three Wise MenWe all know that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, but why do we give each other presents at Christmas? It’s in celebration of the gifts the Wise Men gave to the baby Jesus. According to the Bible Jesus was given Frankincense, a perfume associated with Jewish worship; Gold, the precious metal of kings, and Myrrh, a perfume for dead bodies which was mean to symbolize Jesus’s suffering and death.

Hey Big SpenderAccording to a survey by the multinational banking and financial services corporation ING, Christmas shoppers in the UK spend an average of £350 buying presents, more than anywhere else in Europe. In fact, British festive shoppers spend £110 more each than the next European highest spenders in France and Luxembourg. The downside is that the Romanians are the only Europeans more likely than the Brits to end up in debt after Christmas.

Hang Your StockingWe all hang a stocking on Christmas Eve but what’s the origin of the tradition? Allegedly, three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry were saved from a life of prostitution when Bishop St Nicholas of Smyrna (the inspiration for Santa Claus) climbed down their chimney and filled their stockings with gold coins.

World’s Largest Christmas StockingThe world’s largest Christmas stocking was made just before Christmas in 2007 by the Children’s Society in London. It was 32.56 metres long and 14.97 metres wide. It was claimed to be as heavy as five reindeer and was stuffed with almost 1,000 gifts. Imagine hanging that from your mantelpiece!

Batteries Not IncludedThere is a relatively new English proverb which says: “Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included”. Remember to stock up with batteries or brace yourself for tantrums on Christmas Day.

Say No to UnderwearStuck for ideas for Christmas presents? Don’t fall into the trap of giving the Christmas gifts that no-one wants. According to surveys the most unwanted Christmas gifts include socks and underwear generally, cleaning products and bubble bath.

Useful but BoringWhen you’re wondering what to buy your son or daughter at Christmas, think about the words of US humourist, cartoonist and journalist Kin Hubbard: “Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful at Christmas”. Take the school geometry set out of your shopping basket and replace it with a doll or football.

What a WasteIn a 2014 survey the Money Advice Service discovered that around £2.4 billion is spent on uneaten food and unwanted gifts at Christmas. 37 per cent of respondents said they had received Christmas presents worth an average of £54 that they didn’t want. According to the Daily Mirror, in 2011 £594 million was spent on unwanted Christmas gifts.

Twelve Days of GiftsThe number of presents given in the festive song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is 364. That’s one present for each day of the year until next Christmas, with one rest day. I think I’ll have a calling bird on March 25th, a drummer drumming on October 3rd and a gold ring on February 14th. The reason for the twelve days of Christmas is that it took 12 days for the Three Wise Men to find the baby Jesus and deliver their presents.

World’s Biggest Christmas PresentWhat do you think is the biggest Christmas present in the world? It’s the Statue of Liberty in New York, USA. The statue was given to the US in 1886 by the French in support of the country’s independence and the concept of liberty. It was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, most famous for building the Eiffel Tower. The statue weighs more than 225 tons – that’s a hefty Christmas present!

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