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Christmas Lists at the Ready!

Some people have everything on their Christmas list bought and wrapped by mid November, I’m half in awe and half appalled at this approach! It’s certainly not how I manage the build up to Christmas! Every year, I pledge to be more organised and give more meaningful presents but like many, I often end up with a stressful dash around the shops buying gifts that I’m not sure are completely necessary.

Giving and receiving gifts at Christmas is wonderful and I love it but perhaps we have lost sight of the real reason for giving presents in the whirlwind of retail gratification. Excessive gift giving can put an unfair obligation on others. No matter how fervently you urge people not to buy for you, they will want to reciprocate and they may not be able to afford it.

From an environmental point of view, so many gifts are unwanted every year and are also full of unnecessary packaging. According to a charity survey, the most unwanted Christmas presents are bath products, films & box sets and candles.


 Spending time with loved ones and making homemade gifts are surely more thoughtful ways of enjoying the festive season together?

I’m lucky, with Powertex, I get to do both these things and offer them to others to do the same! Through Artistic ReTreats gift vouchers, you can make a present of time to spend doing something fun and new or indulging a passion on a workshop or family Art@Home session.


Learn a new skill together


There’s no better way to share quality time together than getting lost in an art workshop for a few hours! Our Powertex workshops are a fun way to learn a new skill or experiment with a new medium, perfect for


small groups or couples. 

Handmade with love

Homemade gifts are a wonderful way to show your love for someone special, whether it’s a tasty treat from the kitchen or a sculpture to sit on their mantelpiece or in the garden. Homemade gifts last for years and show that you have spent time creating something unique with the recipient in mind.

Encourage a hobby

Gift vouchers can be spent on any of the Powertex products available on the Artistic ReTreats website so by giving a voucher to a creative friend or relative, you can help them to build their supplies and encourage them to indulge their hobby.


Artistic Retreats gift vouchers are available in any amount from £5 upwards. The voucher can be personalised and is delivered by email. Visit https://www.artisticretreats.co.uk/index.php/art-supplies/gift-vouchers to find out more and order.