With the holidays rapidly approaching, I am beginning to feel the urge to get prepping. I always try to plan ahead and buy things all year long that catch my eye when they are on sale, or things that I think would make a great gift and I won’t be able to buy later. This way, I’m not blowing my budget all at once. Thank you, Dave Ramsey.
However, I’m feeling a desire to be more purposeful in my gift giving. To give something that’s truly from the heart or that would really mean a lot to the receiver. Don’t get me wrong, I always have this purpose in mind, but I’m thinking along the lines of homemade. For one thing, it’s generally much more frugal, and for another, it can truly show how much you care – or don’t, depending on how the gift turns out. 😉 Which leads me to my next point: we’ve all received homemade/handmade gifts that were less than desirable, no? You know what I’m talking about – the hunk of fruitcake that was made in a coffee can and has a taste that’s reminiscent of Folgers; the hand-knit sweater from a great aunt that makes you a front-runner for next year’s ugly sweater contest; the jar of hot fudge that is so thick and hard, you couldn’t chip it out with a jackhammer. You get the idea. While I’m sure that gifts such as these were truly good intentions and heartfelt, I would rather give a gift that can be cherished and enjoyed, not thrown in the compost pile or passed along to Goodwill.
So. Tell me. What homemade gifts do you enjoy giving/receiving? What is the best you have received? Worst? What do you hate to receive that’s homemade? What are you looking forward to making this year? Please leave me a comment and share your thoughts. Looking forward to it…
This one was taken out my dining room window. It is the view that I am blessed with in the morning while I enjoy my coffee. Absolutely beautiful.