It’s about Christmas gifts. Let’s put aside the whole controversy over gift-giving at Christmas for a minute, I know there are plenty of people out there who don’t necessarily like it, or who don’t think it’s appropriate for the season, or whatever. Let’s just accept, for this conversation, that gifts are going to be given. We can have that other debate another time.
For now, though, I’d like to know… what do you think of home-made Christmas gifts? I have a lot of people that I’d like to give gifts to, but I don’t have the budget for it. I don’t want to go out and buy a stack of $5 Walmart gift cards, because that’s just tacky. I’d like to make something for folks, but I don’t know what! I’d like it to be useful (like a shelf. Who can’t use a shelf?), or consumable (chocolate-chip cookies, anyone?), but I don’t want to be ordinary (chocolate-chip cookies in a jar… again??? Really??? And the recipient still has to do the work!)
I also don’t want to just not give Christmas gifts to those folks on my list, because, well, I want to give them stuff! But these are extended family, distant friends, that kind of thing… and I’m thinking of them, I’d like to honor them the way we’ve always done at Christmas, but I’d like to keep it in the budget. And I like making stuff. But really, who needs a three-foot-tall wooden snowman? (that was a gift that went through our family several years ago. No kidding. It was a three-foot tall tree stump, painted white and decorated like a snowman.)
So I guess I’m asking a two-fold, maybe three-fold question: What do you think of handmade Christmas Gifts? Would you give them? Do you have any really good ideas? I’m good at making quite a few things… I can sew and knit and crochet, although they’re not my favorite crafts. I generally prefer quirky, fun things, like these magnets. I made personalized ones a couple years ago – taking pics of Josh and his GP’s, aunts, uncles, etc., and turning them into the little magnets. They worked well. Other years, I’ve made loaves of bread (cinnamon, cinnamon/raisin, apple/spice, and garlic) and cookies-in-a-jar. But this year, I’m just plain stumped.
PS… I totally apologize for the picture. I google-imaged “Homemade Christmas Gifts”, and it was one of the first pictures to pop up. So incredibly tacky, I had to use it.