In keeping with the coming holiday, and realizing most of us have "what should I give . . . ?" on our minds, I thought I'd let this blog be a simple "idea catcher" of homemade gifts. I recently read a newspaper article about gifts--who to gift, how much to spend, etc., and it suggested homemade gifts were often the most meaningful; and I have to agree.
One of my neighbors has a very large family and extended family, yet every Christmas they have a party where they one, draw names for who they will give a gift to next year, and two, present their homemade gifts to the person they had all year to think about. What a great, family togetherness idea! Even little kids can be involved in their tradition.
Another one of my favorite, homemade gift ideas, came from a dear friend. She gathered all her favorite recipes together and put it into a recipe book. But that's not all. The best part is she also wrote a little story with each recipe--where or from who she got the recipe and events surrounding it (like a description of how every time she went to grandma's house they had . . ." You get the idea.
One year, my father made my young boys a barn and several animals out of wood. It was a great present. Not only did my children love it, but I still cherish it--you know, the heirloom thing.
These are a few of the great, homemade Christmas gifts I've received or known of, and one of them even incorporated writing! What are some of your favorite, homemade gifts?