One thing I’ve noticed about living in Iowa is just how PROUD people are to come from this State! So I have trawled through Amazon punching in lots of different keywords to bring you my favourite finds for the Ultimate Iowa Gift Guide! If you’re looking for a last minute Iowa themed gift, I think I’ve got you covered 🙂
As an Expat, obviously one of the main ways that I communicate with the people back home is via the internet…Facebook, FaceTime, Email. But then some of my family members, such as Grandparents, aren’t as up to date with technology! So for me, I’m a huge fan of sending physical mail!
I first started getting excited about Christmas this year, when I visited ‘Reflections in the Park’, it was like Christmas being thrown up on me and I thought it was AWESOME. ‘Reflections in the Park’ is a drive thru Christmas Light display held in Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque, Iowa to raise money for Hillcrest Family Services.
This year will be my first Christmas day away from home. I’ve spent every year doing the same traditions and to be honest, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them! Now I’m living in America, I’m going to bring a few of my UK traditions to my US life!
When I was living in England I found myself decorating my room with all my overseas travels. Now I’m living in America, I can’t help but feel comfort in having little bits of ‘home’ surrounding me! Here are some gift ideas that are inspired by the UK!
I read a lot of travel blogs and posts and you always see the same thing, don’t buy souvenirs, spend it on experiences. I agree with the experience part, but as a part-time traveller, I’m not always on THAT tight of a budget, I can afford to do the experiences I want to, as well as buying the odd souvenir. I love being surrounded by my travel memories everyday. This is the Christmas Edition of Travel Souvenir ideas! It’s a shame they only make an appearance for only a couple of weeks a year!
Mention European Christmas Markets and the first things to come into your head are hot wine and sausages. Spain, however, does things a little differently! If you visit Barcelona in December, you’ll be able to experience their Christmas Market which is a little different from the traditional German style Christmas Markets, at the Barcelona Christmas Market there were no signs of food or drink anywhere! Crazily enough, two of the most prominent items on sale revolved around…poop. One of the traditions I’d actually love to continue in my own life, think Elf on the Shelf but Spanish style!