You can be confident that once my husband’s s list is complete, he goes right to work making those gifts or, more accurately, giving directions to his elves. What would he ever do without his wonderful helpers!
Giving handmade gifts takes you a giant step away from the commercialization of the holiday and more importantly you are saying to the receiver you care enough to put yourself into the present.
If you are handy and like to make gifts for the special people on your list, then you must not delay. Start working NOW!
Decoupage gifts are easy to do and don’t take any artistic talent or ability. All you need is something wooden (a board, box, or bowl,) and lots of fun pictures and paste. I made this present for my many-times great niece. I’m very old! Download instructions here. I’ll stuff it with fancy socks for her young feet.
Perhaps you’re a Knitter
Give your reading friends this bookmark, that you can whip up in no time. Download the pattern here.
The sooner you get started on your gifts, the sooner you’ll finish. Trust me—the elves and I know every hand-made gift takes longer than expected. You don’t want to be staying up the night before Christmas hemming the dress you made your daughter.
Tell us about any gifts you’ve made (send pictures and instructions, too.) I always need new ideas.
If you’re not a crafty person, don’t worry, shopping hints come in the next blog.
Until then, let’s all strive for a stress-free, love-filled Christmas . . .