Last Christmas a lot of the presents we gave were handmade (by me.) In fact, most of them were.
I don’t quite know where the idea for giving only handmade gifts came from. It might have been that I was feeling disillusioned with the whole Christmas shopping experience. In the run up to Christmas, shops are full of things that no-one really wants or will ever use, many of them specifically created to fill non-existent gaps in people’s stockings. Much as I love shopping, I can’t get excited by spending money on something that will end up gathering dust in the back of someone’s cupboard.
It may also have been partly prompted by a desire to keep our credit card bill at a manageable level.
But mostly it was because I enjoy making things, and I kept coming across good ideas. I won’t deny that it was a massive undertaking, beginning in August and only completed – in a bit of a panic – just before the day itself (by which time it had become clear that making my own wrapping paper was probably a step too far.)
It was hard work, very time consuming, but ultimately quite satisfying, and – I think – appreciated.
Behold the fruits of my labours:
In traditional left-to-right, top-to-bottom fashion, you should be able to see: skittles, colouring books, photo calendars, story books, a cookbook with spice mixes, puzzle books, bath fizzers, flavoured vodkas, marmalade, cupcake flannels, juggling balls, taggie blanket, jingle cube, handmade cards, photos, paper wallets, pen pots, apron, car seat tidy, “moment of calm” bags, seed paper shapes, cookie mixes, mobile phone holder, book safe, sewing kit, handbag bra, folding bag, pints of socks, curry mixes, shortbread, fish seeds, stress ball, record bowls, sock monkeys, surprise balls, and a ring pull bracelet.
If you feel inspired and want to get started early for Christmas 2011, keep watching. I’ll be posting links, photos, instructions and ideas for some of these creations anon.