Another year in the books! We had a fantastic holiday season, full of family and friends, meals, goodies and gifts received! Homemade gifts for Christmas have always been one of my favourite things about the Holidays. For myself, you could personally give me a rock you’ve found and painted eyes on it, or a collage of pressed flowers you gathered from around your yard, it’s all about the thought of me that went into that matters the most. However, when it comes to giving handmade gifts there is a lot of pressure and stress involved, or at least I thought that there might be.
I attended Kevan’s family Christmas this year for the first time, I loved how organized and well-thought-out the gift giving was! Each member of the family was given one person to give a gift to, the rules were the gift had to be either re-gifted, handmade or under $25 dollars. Not knowing his family very well, I asked around about my gift recipient and got a good idea of what she may like, I considered handmade which is my usual go to. However, I had the perfect gift in mind that I had at home, she loves music, and I had a brand new Djembe I had purchased a year ago that I used maybe twice!
My daughters gave the gift of air plants that they had created fishbowl displays for, air plants make great gifts for anyone, they are easy to care for as they are low maintenance and don’t require soil.
I received this beautiful and very thoughtful gift! My favourite part of the gift was the cross stitched camera!
We Have Chosen To Make Our Gifts
I normally try to make a gift for everyone in my family, however, I often find my self in a race against time. This year was no different, with 1 week to go before Christmas I was only just beginning to make gifts for family members! I had elaborate over the top ideas for everyone and figured I could pull all-nighters making the gifts.
I chose to knit gifts for everyone as this is my favourite hobby and I always love the results, I had intentions of making mittens for everyone, as well as hats. On my second pair of mittens though, my poor fingers were exhausted from speed knitting. I opted to make dishcloths and scrubbies, which thankfully is both practical in use once received, and also a little bit less demanding on my hands.
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Kevan and I also spent quite a bit of money on some of our gifts, normally I prefer to keep gift giving handmade and easy on the budget. Alas, time was not on our side and I was a one-man show as far as handmade gifts went.
We have decided that moving forward, we would start making gifts on Boxing Day and keep making things all year that way come December we would not find ourselves scrambling and pulling all-nighters. In addition to bulking up certain gifts, we shopped boxing day sales for those small trinket items to give along with our handmade gifts. I won’t tell you what they are, as family members read our blog. We also plan to keep our eye out for any sales or bargain prices throughout the year.
Why Would You Give Handmade Gifts?
There is something nice and simple about a handmade gift, for my self personally a handmade gift is something the giver has put a lot of effort and care into making especially for me. They took the time to think of me while expressing their creative side, and that too me is something very powerful.
When I knit my gifts, I put a lot of intention and thought into the piece. Each stitch is made with the intent and thought of the recipient enjoying it. While I am making the piece I am often thinking of the person it is going to, I remember fond memories, I breathe prayers of abundance and health into each stitch for the recipient. I also chose my patterns and materials based on function, need, practicality and will this gift be useful.
Handmade gifts do not have to be as spiritual as this, it could simply be because you enjoy your hobby and you love to make things. You’ve come across a cross stitch pattern you think someone will enjoy the image of, or you’ve created a beautiful piece of pottery and would love to share it with that special someone.
Homemade gifts are generally given out of love and thought. A store-bought gift can, of course, be given with the same love and thought, but that generic gift is not made with love and thought in mind, it’s made to be sold collected and potentially disposed of when no longer valuable or useful. Simply put, money spent on an object that used more energy, came packaged in wasteful materials and is not very Eco-friendly.
With a handmade gift you’ve used products that you have sourced and intend to use every last bit of the materials. No extra packages and bags are necessary, you are able to customize the gift to the person you are giving it too and you’ve spent some time enjoying the process while thinking of that person.
But I Am Not Crafty Martha!
Not everyone is crafty, and you do not have to be! The beauty of a handmade gift is it can be made of anything and by any skill!
– Plants that you’ve grown
– Wood working
– Wreath Making
– Certificates to something you do such as Massage, Reiki, Photography, A class taken together, A Coffe Date, get creative here.
Why not take up a new hobby? learn a new skill, have some fun and enjoy something new that you can then share with those you love. Many local craft stores offer classes, paint nights are also becoming quite popular. If this is not your idea of a good time, there is always Pinterest, Youtube and your good old friend Google!
You could also rekindle the passion for an old hobby and breathe some new life into it. After receiving my new favourite cross stitch, I have been inspired to take up the hobby again. I gave up cross stitch many years ago as I found the patterns to be completely out-of-date and frankly ugly! That is until I came across this book in our local bookstore, I am currently working on of the 30 patterns in the book.
If improper Cross Stitch isn’t your cup of tea then try this book out for patterns, it had some very trendy patterns as well as traditional, there is something for everyone in this book.
A Family Affair
Get the entire family to find something they enjoy making or doing to add to the giving season!
Our kids have not yet decided what they will be making to give out next year, but we plan to turn our gift making into a family activity that we can all spend time doing once a week.
There are thousands of ideas for easy gift making for kids to attempt, a quick Pinterest search will yield something for every age and every skill.
At the end of the year, our hopes are to have a gift basket full of handmade goodies for our friends and family to enjoy.
I have discovered that making and giving handmade gifts is really not as stressful as I thought it would be, there is something unique to make for everyone on your list. Your skill level is not a big deal, especially when there are so many different ways to either find something you already know how to do or pick up and learn a new skill with ease.
Whatever it is you decide to make and give, it will be perfect because it came from the heart.
Do you make handmade gifts already? What do you make, share with us in the comments below, we would love to see and hear all about your passions and hobbies!