Early November we live in fear that Christmas is going to go out of fashion.
Every year people seem to start their shopping later and later. Last year it was because the cold weather came too late, the year before it was too wet... Until suddenly, all at once, everybody gets focused.
"What will the effect of a general election be on this year Christmas rush?"
There are endless theories trying to make sense of people's shopping habits.
We have no crystal ball, but try to plan ahead so we can offer a great service however the season pans out.
There are a number of different shopping styles, and we think we have a fantastic solution for all.
We do we love this style of shopping, and we aspire to be like these customers. One day we will be this organised...
Every year we ask ourselves why we don't get inspired earlier, as this is when you really have time to browse through ideas and put a lot of thought into each present.
Very often this is when people buy the larger presents, like benches, butler tray's, sun-lounger or dog beds. It is only natural to plan ahead when buying something bigger, as you would expect it to take longer to make these items. There are some things we simply are not able to make in November and December, and it is very helpful to get these orders on their way early on, but there is still time...
Because most of our products can be personalised with the wording of your choice, they can be made into the most thoughtful present for almost anybody. It means that if you find a design that you love we can help you customise it for your entire present list.
Our boot jacks are the perfect example of this. The perfect present for anybody who wears shoes or boots. But the jars, G&T boards, recharging stations and match boxes are perfect for this style of shopping too!
We have created a useful Gift Guide which you can find on our home page. It can help you find the perfect gift for everybody, be it the gardeners, golfers, cyclists, skiers, runners, walkers, pet lovers, wine & gin lovers or foodies in your life. We challenge you to email us some details of any 'difficult-to-buy-for' people and your budget, and we will suggest at least a couple of ideas for you...
There is a big trend towards giving an experience rather than 'a thing'. We have two excellent solutions for you to consider. You can either give them one of our 'Create Yourself' kits for a chopping board or small swing, or a voucher to spend a whole day in our workshop learning to make and carve a doorstop or bread board from one of our master craftsmen.
This is something you can do together, or you encourage a loved one to treat themselves to learn a new skill.
There are few things we enjoy more than sharing our enjoyment of making things with your own hands...
It is something we feel very enthusiastic about, as you can read about in our blog here....
There is no joy in buying a present that will be put in a cupboard. We are all aiming to find something they actually use, ideally on a daily basis. And even better if they send you a little loving thought when they do... If you look at our 'Bestseller' list, that is what they will do...
One of the complaints we hear from Christmas shoppers in general is that people these days tend to buy what they want as they see them. So buying something for somebody else is difficult, as people have what they need. However, if you can manage to find something they have never seen before, but is practical and beautiful, then you are on to a winner. A great place to start looking is in our New Design section. We launch new products all the time, and even loyal fans of The Oak & Rope Company will have seen all of these.
Some people need a bit of time pressure to focus the mind. Some of our best ideas come when there is just enough time left to see them through.
That is why we set up our Fast Track service (select at check-out). Often these last minute ideas are so good that they are worth paying a little bit extra for getting executed in time.
However we also have a range of really popular off-the-shelf designs, made exactly the same way as all our other products. It is simply that we have chosen to prepare for a few of the most popular engravings. You can click here to see the most popular ones.
And although we very often are about the engravings, our designs are beautiful and practical in themselves. Particularly when you are buying something for someone who already has a lot of our products, in case you just need a reserve present or you can not decide what to engrave, we have our 'Simply'- range which has no engraving, simply one of our coins to show that it is still a genuine Oak & Rope design.