We are delighted to share with your our interview with Jen Brownlie. Jen is creator of Tartan Brunette, a minimalist fashion blog covering ethical living and sustainability.
What do you love about Christmas?
I'm a massive fan of Christmas and love pretty much everything about this time of year.
For me Christmas always starts with a trip to the Christmas markets, I love how they turn the city (Edinburgh) into a winter wonderland. Visiting all the independent stalls and having a mulled wine (or 2) really gets me in the Christmas spirit.
At home, I love putting up to decorations, there is something about having a sparkly tree in the corner which makes coming home so welcoming on a cold, dark winters night.
And obviously, I love spending time with family and all of the Christmas food.
What is your favourite Good Gift?
This is a really tough one.
Over the last year, I've become really interested in making more ethical choices and buying 'good' products. In this time I've discovered so many amazing brands and I'd honestly love something from all of them under my tree this year.
I love anything with a story behind it and independent brands all have great stories to tell.
In terms of the favourite gift, I've received it has to be my dinosaur cave my dad made me when I was around 6. I used to obsessed with dinosaurs and wanted a cave for my toy dinosaurs to live in. For obvious reasons you don't find many dinosaur caves in toy shops so my dad decided to make one for me instead of buying one. Apparently, he spent all of December working on it that year. I played with it for years and now as an adult can really appreciate the time and effort that went into making sure I got exactly what I asked for.
What is the best gift you've ever given?
I always try to give thoughtful gifts. I only buy for my close family and my husband so enjoy taking more time putting together a thoughtful gift.
For my mothers 60th birthday I put together a photobook for her featuring messages from her friends and family along with their favourite photos with her. This involved a lot of sneaking around behind her back finding contact details and getting in touch with her friends, but it was worth it in the end as she loved the book. I did something similar when I got married and put together a photobook for my parents featuring photos from my childhood along with a few personal messages from me.
Thank you Jen.
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