How to decorate a Christmas tree like a professional in 6 simple steps

How to decorate a Christmas tree like a professional in 6 simple steps

There are so many different looks for styling Christmas trees these days - ones that go beyond the familiar fir or pine tree with red, green and gold decorations. But, there's nothing quite like having a traditional tree in the living room to really get…

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Geneva Vanderzeil’s guide to making festive front door DIY Christmas decorations

Geneva Vanderzeil’s guide to making festive front door DIY Christmas decorations

Geneva Vanderzeil has teamed up with Spotlight to create an easy guide for decorating your front door with these simple yet fantastic DIY Christmas decoration ideas. You will find everything you need to get started below, including Geneva's helpful…

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Beat the heat with these summer bedding ideas

Beat the heat with these summer bedding ideas

When it comes to your bed, what was so warm, comforting and snuggly in winter can turn into a sweatbox over the summer months. That’s why you should change your bedding with the seasons so, no matter what the weather, your bed is a retreat that is…

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Worldly Wonders Trend: Home decor ideas to add flavour to your home

Worldly Wonders Trend: Home decor ideas to add flavour to your home

Beautiful South East Asia has served as a popular holiday destination for Australians for many decades, with culture-rich histories stretching back millennia and opulent design influences offering a true sensory indulgence. To immerse yourself through...

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Home decor ideas to make your home a peaceful and tranquil space

Home decor ideas to make your home a peaceful and tranquil space

Home is your sanctuary – your place of refuge – where you can turn down the volume of life and detox from the distractions of the world. Now more than ever, we need tranquility in our homes, and we can do that by introducing the appropriate colours…

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Spring is coming! Refresh your home with these simple home decor ideas

Spring is coming! Refresh your home with these simple home decor ideas

Unbelievable as it might seem, spring isn’t too far off. And with it comes the opportunity to freshen up your place with a good old spring clean and some clever home decorating. So if you’re already pining for warmer weather, here are some spring…

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Winter blankets: Create the cosiest bed ever with these layering tips

Winter blankets: Create the cosiest bed ever with these layering tips

Everyone loves snuggling into a cosy bed when it’s cold outside, don’t they? Creating a winter-time nest by layering plenty of winter blankets and throws makes for a bedroom style that’s warm and welcoming – the perfect place to sip on a cuppa or read...

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How to give your interior design a luxe lift

How to give your interior design a luxe lift

You don’t need a passport or a plane ticket for international travel this year. Instead, why not take a first-class trip across the globe without leaving the comfort of your own home by drawing from the many luxurious yet affordable elements of the...

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Creating a Winter Coastal theme for your home

Creating a Winter Coastal theme for your home

The delights of the beach are not just for summer. Walking on the sand beside a wild ocean on a stormy day, the wind in your hair and winter woollies wrapped tightly around you, might be a far more idyllic scenario for some people than battling the...

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Make and decorate a child’s bedroom with May Gibbs

Make and decorate a child’s bedroom with May Gibbs

There is a timeless quality to the bush fantasy worlds of beloved Australian illustrator and storyteller May Gibbs (1877-1969) that has sparked the imaginations of children for generations. Now, her iconic Gumnuts and other Bush Babies have leapt from...

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How to make your bedroom cosy during a change in season

How to make your bedroom cosy during a change in season

A Bedroom makeover is more achievable than you think. Creating a tranquil, cosy, beautiful bedroom as the season’s change is within reach. I promise you don't need to spend thousands of dollars or too much time creating a dreamy new space.

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15 Lazy (& Incredibly Satisfying) Things To Do Around The House This Afternoon

15 Lazy (& Incredibly Satisfying) Things To Do Around The House This Afternoon

Ahhhh, a weekend afternoon with nowhere to go and nothing you have to do. Is there anything more blissful? We support your right to do absolutely nothing, if that's what you're after. But if you want some low-impact activities to enjoy while lazing…

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Real Plants? Faux Plants? Here's How To Mix Them Together

Real Plants? Faux Plants? Here's How To Mix Them Together

Nature has provided us with a lot of options when it comes to modern-day house plants. Apartments now overflow with flax and ferns, and it feels like half of Australia has taken to collecting cacti, succulents or spider plants. It’s a trend we’re…

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You're Never Too Old For Fairy Lights

You're Never Too Old For Fairy Lights

Oh, the humble fairy light: a sharehouse staple and classic feature of any self-respecting holiday display. There’s something a little magical about that glow. Beads of light strung up from the roof are reminders of everything from childhood parties…

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In bloom: 5 ways to decorate with fresh flowers

In bloom: 5 ways to decorate with fresh flowers

Whether you’re lucky enough to have someone give you flowers, or you buy them as a treat for yourself (or maybe you’re a talented person who grows your own in the garden), there’s nothing like having fresh blooms around the place. Here are five ideas…

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Lara Jean, Claudia Kishi Or Regina George: Which fictional teen's bedroom is your design crush?

Lara Jean, Claudia Kishi Or Regina George: Which fictional teen's bedroom is your design crush?

Even if it’s just a few boy-band posters on the wall, a lockable diary with ‘Keep Out’ on the front and a string or two of fairy lights, every teen bedroom tells a story. For most of us, it’s the first time we really get to have a say in our surroundings.

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Decorating with teens: How to style a bedroom you'll both love

Decorating with teens: How to style a bedroom you'll both love

Your baby’s all grown up - well, semi grown up - and wanting a bedroom with fewer dinosaur, fairy and farm animal designs. Time to sob a tiny bit in the corner and then plan to create a space you can both live with and love. Think of this as a bonding…

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Get inspired with Lulu's bedroom makeover

Get inspired with Lulu's bedroom makeover

Meet Lulu. She’s 13, and her bedroom at her dad’s new house used to be a bit… meh. Lulu knew she didn’t want a kid’s room anymore, and she had a few ideas of what she liked (including lots of flowers!) But she and her dad didn’t quite know how to…

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5 ways to (sort of) organise your teen's stuff

5 ways to (sort of) organise your teen's stuff

Most parents know the mix of dread, shame and horror that comes when you force open your teenager’s bedroom door. It’s OK, you’re not alone. Teenagers and messy bedrooms go together like coconut and lamingtons. But there are ways you can help them…

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Video: Watch Lulu's bedroom makeover

Video: Watch Lulu's bedroom makeover

Lulu just turned 13, and needs a fresh "grown-up" bedroom at her dad’s place. Watch her and her dad put together a whole new dream bedroom, taking in greenery and gold accents and photos of all her favourite people. There’s a revamped desk designed for…

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7 ways to relax when you don't have a lot of time

7 ways to relax when you don't have a lot of time

If we had our way, there would be a certain number of hours in the day when we're on duty - then plenty of time to recover from the stress of it afterward. Instead, most of us are being pulled in a million different directions, with not much chance to…

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Paula's creative home is kid-friendly & full of crochet

Paula's creative home is kid-friendly & full of crochet

Right now, crocheter Paula Risanto is feeling a bit envious of her one-year-old son, Ren. He gets to wake up in what was - until recently - Paula’s dedicated craft room, complete with wall of yarn, neatly filed craft books and accessories, and a heap…

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How to make an engagement party dress with Katie Parrott

How to make an engagement party dress with Katie Parrott

Katie Parrott has partnered with Spotlight to create her own stunning engagement party dress using our great range of quality fabrics. Discover her tips for 'pattern hacking' and how she was able to design and make this absolutely beautiful dress!

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Make Christmas extra special this year with this personalised Christmas ornament

Make Christmas extra special this year with this personalised Christmas ornament

There's nothing more heart-warming than a personalised Christmas ornament that means something special to you! This year we are lucky enough to have Rachel Bourke from @imakestagram share with us her favourite Christmas tradition - handmade resin…

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3 Simple DIY Christmas Decorations to make at home

3 Simple DIY Christmas Decorations to make at home

If you're already hanging out for Christmas, you're not alone. We all need some joy this year, so it makes sense to get in early on the holiday spirit. One way to do that is with DIY Christmas decorations. (It's easier than you think!) Channel your...

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How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 3

How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 3

This is the third episode of Making a Quilt From Start to Finish with Monica Poole. In the last episode Monica showed how to join your blocks together using the quilt as you go method, how to join the blocks together to form rows and how to join the...

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How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 2

How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 2

This is the second episode of Making a Quilt From Start to Finish with Monica Poole. In the last episode, Monica covered the basic tools for beginner quilters and how to cut out and make a basic stitch and flip block. If you haven't done so already...

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How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 1

How to make a quilt from start to finish: Part 1

Have you ever wondered how to make a quilt from scratch? Quilt designer and sewing tutor Monica Poole from Pattern Poole shows us everything you need to know about making a quilt from start to finish in this three-part series. About this quilt. This is…

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DO try this at home: 10 fun indoor activities for kids

DO try this at home: 10 fun indoor activities for kids

We're all spending more time than usual at home right now. So if you need some new inspiration to come up with fun activities for the kids, you're not alone. Especially if you're looking for the kind of projects with minimal running and shrieking, and...

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DIY Book Week Costume: How to make a kids' Gumnut Baby costume

DIY Book Week Costume: How to make a kids' Gumnut Baby costume

It’s nearly time for CBCA Book Week. If you’ve got kids in primary school, you'll know what that means: time for some literary-themed kids' Book Week costumes. (And plenty of reading, of course!) One book that never goes out of style is Snugglepot and...

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6 simple (and simple-ish) sew projects to try

6 simple (and simple-ish) sew projects to try

It's our biannual 12 Days of Sew - a mini festival celebrating all things fabric, needles and thread. So we've pulled together six of our all-time favourite simple (and simple-ish) sew projects for everyone to get involved. Whether you’re at the...

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How to sew: Katie Parrott's beginner sewing tips

How to sew: Katie Parrott's beginner sewing tips

If you want to learn how to sew, then you might be wondering where to start. We spoke with seasoned sewer and body positive fashion advocate Katie Parrott to give you her six tips and tricks to help you on your way. Kit & Storage - While there’s a huge...

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National Science Week: 3 easy science experiments for kids

National Science Week: 3 easy science experiments for kids

Who says science experiments for kids can’t be fun? And messy? And cute? And a bit gross? Just in time for National Science Week, we’ve concocted three easy hands-on projects that little ones will love. Because sometimes the best science experiments...

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Gold! Gold! Gold! Get ready to support your team

Gold! Gold! Gold! Get ready to support your team

Time to brush up on the national anthem and get into the green and gold! We’re cheering on Team Australia as they take on the world’s best in Tokyo, and we can’t wait to see how everything plays out. Watching our athletes swim, run and cycle their way…

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Creating Kids' Birthday Cakes

Creating Kids' Birthday Cakes

How to make a number cake? Or should we say how '2' make a number cake? In this simple step-by-step video, you'll be taken through the basics for creating kids birthday cakes using their age as the theme. We start with a number '2' cake but you'll see...

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Maker Special: All things DIY and creating with Geneva Vanderzeil

Maker Special: All things DIY and creating with Geneva Vanderzeil

Geneva Vanderzeil is a DIY and craft lover from Brisbane, Australia. She is also an author, stylist, maker and photographer. Spotlight has teamed up with Geneva to celebrate Make It Month and she has shared some of her thoughts on all things DIY and...

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One Square at a Time: Afghanistan Impact Story

One Square at a Time: Afghanistan Impact Story

Ibrahim*, aged 10, could hardly contain his excitement when he received a warm, woolen wrap made by caring Australian volunteers. "That is for me? It is so beautiful!" he exclaimed, hugging the wrap tightly to his chest and then asking uncertainly…

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One Square at a Time: The Wrap with Love Story

One Square at a Time: The Wrap with Love Story

In late 1992 Sonia Gidley-King was recovering from breast cancer when she saw a documentary about the civil war in Mozambique which showed malnourished people who had to contend with extreme cold. Sonia’s response was immediate and practical. She had…

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Spotlight partners with World Vision & Wrap with Love: One Square at a Time

Spotlight partners with World Vision & Wrap with Love: One Square at a Time

Spotlight is partnering with World Vision and Wrap with Love for the "One Square at a Time" campaign to help provide the warmth and shelter of a hand-knitted blanket to those most in need, all around the world. Spotlight stores will serve...

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One Square at a Time: Burundi Impact Story

One Square at a Time: Burundi Impact Story

Who could ever imagine that a simple woollen wrap could mean so much in the life of a child? For Alice, 10, who lives in an orphanage in the central African country of Burundi, a wrap made with love by strangers who live thousands of miles away feels…

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One Square at a Time: Malawi Impact Story

One Square at a Time: Malawi Impact Story

When disaster strikes, having warmth and comfort can help give survivors the strength they need to keep going. The road to recovery continues for those who lost homes and loved ones in a devastating cyclone that struck Southern Africa in March 2019.

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Fine Motor Clothesline - Make Learning Fun!

Fine Motor Clothesline - Make Learning Fun!

This activity is perfect for developing a number of early learning skills including number recognition, 1:1 correspondence, subitising and of course fine motor skills. These fine motor clotheslines are super easy to put together and are lots of fun to…

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How to make a DIY Backdrop for Parties

How to make a DIY Backdrop for Parties

Parties are simply easier to organize when there’s a theme attached. It makes the table settings, decorations and even the food much more seamless to manage when there’s a theme or colour scheme to follow. One great way of communicating the theme to…

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Fine Motor Fridays - Creating STEM Learning Resources in the classroom

Fine Motor Fridays - Creating STEM Learning Resources in the classroom

In Australian education, our school curricula can feel overcrowded, over-planned and overwhelming. The first things to be dropped off the end of the week of Reading, Writing and Mathematics activities are hands on craft and Art-based tasks that build…

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3 ways with…a white t-shirt

3 ways with…a white t-shirt

We’ve all got a white t-shirt or two tucked away in the wardrobe or at the back of a drawer. If they’re not getting quite enough love as-is, it might be time to customise them into something more special. Here are three super-easy ideas for snazzing…

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3 craft projects to do in front of the telly while bingeing on Netflix

3 craft projects to do in front of the telly while bingeing on Netflix

It might not be mid-winter yet - we know because we can still feel our toes – but there is definitely a chill in the air. This means you’re officially allowed to sit in front of the telly and craft. Whether you’re curled up in front of your favourite…

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Learn at home: Ally's tips & tricks to make it feel more like a classroom

Learn at home: Ally's tips & tricks to make it feel more like a classroom

How can other teachers set up their workspace to make it feel like the classroom? For many of us teachers, our classroom is our second home and hold a lot of inspiration for what we do each and everyday. Transfer whatever draws inspiration for you in…

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Where I craft: Kate's home studio is pink & sparkly & super-organised

Where I craft: Kate's home studio is pink & sparkly & super-organised

Former teacher and professional creative Kate Fisher is the artist behind KatFish Collection, a range of acrylic jewellery and bespoke pieces that's cute, colourful and sparkly - just like her craft room. Here, Kate shows off her wares, and her…

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These DIY flower dangles are super pretty & easy to make

These DIY flower dangles are super pretty & easy to make

Flowers will never go out of fashion - and with fake flowers, you don’t even have to worry about them losing their bloom! This quirky and creative floral project will bring colour and cheer to a teen bedroom, lounge room or home office, or really...

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3 fun projects to make with your kids (even if you're not super crafty)

3 fun projects to make with your kids (even if you're not super crafty)

We get it. Not everyone thinks of themselves as a crafty person. We could tell you that we believe everyone is capable of making cool stuff with their hands. But it's easy to forget that when the only things you have time to stitch are loose buttons…

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How to get (back) into art as an adult

How to get (back) into art as an adult

You'd be hard pushed to find a kid who doesn't love mucking around with paints and coloured pencils. But for some reason, many of us lose touch with our inner artist, sometimes even before we reach double digits. Perhaps it's when the teacher tells us…

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Christmas Eve Box: The new family tradition you’ll want to try this year

Christmas Eve Box: The new family tradition you’ll want to try this year

What does the night of December 24th look like at your house? Maybe it's all about Christmas traditions like prepping cookies for Santa (plus some carrots for the reindeer). Maybe you'll take a tour of neighbourhood Christmas lights, or hang up a...

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Easy Halloween makeup tutorials to try this spooky season

Easy Halloween makeup tutorials to try this spooky season

The spooky season is upon us and there’s no better way to accessorise your costume than with some impressive Halloween makeup to match! So bring out your inner wicked witch or transform yourself into a teen zombie with these simple video tutorials from…

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Our non-scary guide to a last-minute Halloween (with costumes and spooky fun)

Our non-scary guide to a last-minute Halloween (with costumes and spooky fun)

Are you scared yet? Halloween is nearly here: your once-a-year opportunity to celebrate everything spooky, silly and just plain weird. If you’ve left your Halloween prep to the last minute, never fear. You can still pull off a killer holiday…

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Share the scares: Easy Halloween costume ideas for couples, families and furry friends

Share the scares: Easy Halloween costume ideas for couples, families and furry friends

Whether Halloween this year is a party, some socially distanced trick-or-treating or a spooky Zoom hangout, dressing up is a big part of the fun. So why not share the fun with your nearest and dearest? Couples costumes let you get playful with your…

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DIY Father's Day cards for crafty kids

DIY Father's Day cards for crafty kids

What do dads love more than terrible jokes and bear hugs? Handmade gifts from their kids, of course. Father’s Day craft ideas are great for keeping kids entertained and helping them make all the special stuff that ends up going ‘straight to the pool…

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Tis the season: Our best Christmas in July ideas and projects

Tis the season: Our best Christmas in July ideas and projects

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas usually means prawns and watermelon and Santa in boardshorts. Maybe sweating over a Christmas pudding if you’re really dedicated. It’s not the ideal season for a lot of traditional Christmas-sy things like egg...

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Alisha Henderson's 10 Tips To Elevate Your Cake Making Skills

Alisha Henderson's 10 Tips To Elevate Your Cake Making Skills

Looking to step up your cake making game? Then look no further. Baking queen Alisha Henderson from Sweet Bakes has shared her must-know tips to help you create your next show stopper party cake. Use a cake-table. If you want to create perfectly smooth...

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Some of Australia's top cosplayers share their costume tips

Some of Australia's top cosplayers share their costume tips

Cosplay is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world. And no wonder – there’s something pretty appealing about dressing up as your favourite movie, game or comic book character. Everyone wants to be a hero sometimes, right? Or an alien, witch…

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9 weird holidays to pop on your calendar

9 weird holidays to pop on your calendar

We all know how to celebrate the big stuff. Kid’s birthday party? Bust out the chocolate crackles. Christmas time? Fire up the fairy lights and keep the cat out of the tree. But what about those smaller, quirkier holidays? It turns out the calendar is…

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Happy birthday parties at home: celebrating in isolation

Happy birthday parties at home: celebrating in isolation

We are living through some odd and anxious times right now. Most of us are shut inside. Even if we’re lucky enough to be working from home, days can blend into one another – a bit like that weird week between Christmas and New Year’s. We’re seeing…

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Adulting: do you need an emergency gift stash?

Adulting: do you need an emergency gift stash?

Who among us hasn’t forgotten Auntie Sue’s birthday brunch till the very last minute? Or blanked on the number of parties your kids seem to be attending every Saturday afternoon?Who among us hasn’t forgotten Auntie Sue’s birthday brunch till the very…

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