One of the things that I don't love however is the commercialism. The idea that you HAVE to get this toy or that game. The commercials, the malls, the shopping, the rush, the stress. I could do without all that.
So this year, I decided I would.
While I hate shopping, I do love giving gifts. Especially gifts that I've put some thought and time into; so I decided to (try to**) make all my gifts this year. Which, I suppose, is a different kind of stress, but I get to feel a warm, satisfied glow as I look at the little pile of gifts under my tree.
It's actually going pretty well, but it does present a problem. I'm spending a lot of time making things. I want to post pictures. I want to post tutorials. I think that a couple of people I know might actually read my blog though.
I can post this picture of our lovely Gingerbread tent.For now, I'll leave you with a few links to some good tutorials in case you're in need of ideas for those last few people on your list.
Here ya go:
Great for sticking in a stocking, some quick and easy hand warmers.
50 homemade gift ideas from Mr. and Mrs. Not Made of Money.
Some last minute ideas from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.
A tutorial (that made me laugh out loud) for a re-usable coffee cosy.
A couple more in-depth tutorials if you'd like a more polished looking coffee cup sleeve, one from Fiskars, and one from House on Hill Road.
*There are a few notable exceptions: The Jim Carrey Grinch, and Four Christmases, and The Christmas Shoes, to name a few. I can't help it if I prefer my Christmas movies to be heartwarming.
**No matter how hard I try, I still haven't been able to make an Xbox game.