Thanks to the Web, buying holiday gifts has become much less of a drag than it used to be. In fact, online shopping has made it possible to avoid setting foot in a shopping mall ever again, for which I’ll be forever grateful.
But for all its ease of use, key-stroke gift-giving can’t compete with the rewards of making homemade gifts and sharing your creations with loved ones.
When you give a homemade gift, you are giving a part of yourself to the recipient. You can’t do that with a mass-produced item. And how many of those mass-produced items can we afford anyway? Because presents made with love (and craft glue) are the best kind!
My idea of a traditional holiday — the right way to do it — goes back to the days when gift-giving meant sharing homemade things: hand-crochet/knit sweaters, carved wooden toys, smoked meats and the like. It could be that I’m mistaking episodes of “Little House on the Prairie” for the old days as they actually existed, but the idea of handmade gifts has appeal anyway, even today.
If you’re a parent and are reading this, chances are good you have something somewhere that your child made. Look at it and reflect on what it means to you. (When I see things my Kids made for me it always makes me smile 🙂 ) Do you remember how it felt when you gave something homemade to a parent or friend or uncle? Why shouldn’t adults give handmade things to each other? Is there any reason why we should stop once we graduate from the sixth grade?
For Christmas this year, I’m giving out homemade gifts. I started making them several months ago.
“To avoid stress later, it’s always best to start as early as you can (think about a month ahead for involved ideas or if you have a lot of folks on your list). That way you have time to run back to the store if you run out of supplies, or you can have a do-over if you have any crafty mishaps. It’s also easier (and more fun!) to craft while not under pressure, and you’ll avoid silly mistakes if you’re lounging around as opposed to frantically hot-gluing something the night before.
If you don’t have time to start early, try to rein in your ideas to something that is actually doable in the time you have to spare. You might also want to stick to something that you’ve made before and you know you can master with confidence. [If not] you’ll be disappointed in the results and probably rather put a “Secret Santa” label on it, as opposed to bragging that it was from you.”
Of course, not everyone is going to be in a position to whip together a cat toy that tweets, but in these few days before the holidays, you can make felt jewelry, gumdrop garlands, a crocheted laptop. Pinterest has 100’s of Homemade gift ideas. Visit some of your local Craft Show, you can find 100’s of homemade gifts. 🙂
Don’t forget, everyone loves homemade food. Cookies, gingerbread houses, pickles, pesto, and sugar and spice almonds are all festive and memorable treats.
Holidays are about giving. If you give someone a store-bought gift, that person will no doubt appreciate your generosity. But if you give a handmade gift, you are also giving your time, your creativity and your uniqueness, which will make your loved one appreciate the gift (and you) that much more.
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