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OK, it might seem early to be writing about holiday gifts, but I figure if Walgreens can put up their holiday merchandise before Halloween, I can blog about holiday gifts in mid-November. Besides, there’s a reason to start thinking about gifting early – especially now, when everyone’s pockets are feeling the pinch.
I’m advocating homemade gifts this year. I would much rather get a labored-over, if inexpertly crafted, hand-knit hat or handmade mug than something generic from the mall.
Of course, not everyone knows how to knit a stockinette stitch or throw on a pottery wheel, but with a little ingenuity, anyone can craft something inspired. The trick is to get started early – you can’t wait until the last minute and expect to whip up something that you feel proud to give. To help get your creative juices flowing, I turned to Answers.
A lot of people find crocheting easier to learn than knitting, so why not learn a few basic stitches and turn out some scarves, hats, and mittens? jia even offers a YouTube link to get you started. In fact, YouTube and other specialty craft sites are great resources for easy-to-follow directions on just about anything.
Store-bought gift baskets are popular but usually over-priced and stuffed with cheap, filler items. By creating your own baskets, you can include meaningful items, and tailor each basket to the person it’s intended for. onepriviti walks us through a great tutorial using both handmade and inexpensive store-bought items to make the perfect gift.
If you feel crafts are just too far out of your comfort zone, food gifts are an easy and creative way to show your love. You could whip up peppermint bark or put together a candy wreath. And you’ll hardly go wrong with cookies, hot cocoa, or fudge.
Some of you may be afraid that giving a handmade gift is tacky or that the recipient won’t appreciate it. To me, when you give something that you have made, you are really giving a piece of yourself – something much more valuable and generous than any mall find. So get creative this holiday season. Your friends and family will appreciate the sentiment – and your wallet will appreciate the break.
What are your ideas for creative homemade holiday gifts?
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