Do you make or buy your Christmas gifts?
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I used to ask my children, what is the one thing if u dont get wld ruin your whole christmas, and I wld make certain to get that item. Then fill in with other stuff.
Sunny, you say the nicest things to me after I post…thank you so very much!! I struggle with horrible depression and I've been med-free for a year, but I'm doing surprisingly well. I believe sobriety has a lot to do with that.
Liddy, I had a devil of time getting used to your style of writing…probably like people have to decipher when I'm without an F key…oops, that would be EPHEPH key! But, I love what you have to say…as with most people here. Hugs to all who come on this thread. <3
Look out!! Hugs coming your way!!!
And warmest congratulations to Reeses and Kara on your sobriety. Yeah ladies!!!
I must've cried 3 times in this thread. Old 'ady you get me every time. Reese I am sorry to hear about your son's death. You have such a wonderful spirit about you, and I am glad you made it through the pain
E gee bee – thank you for your spirit of Santa story. I loved it
I just wants to offer this as a suggestion if anyone is still reading. My best friend made me a cookbook of hand written tried and true recipes that she has made. It is one of the best gifts I have ever gotten, especially since she was the person who pretty much taught me to be comfortable in the kitchen
Older family so no kids involved. Any gift is food, drink, flowers for the table. We have all we need. No need to buy into the corporate hysteria.
I buy because I have no skills. I am someone who truly appreciates the time & effort that goes into making something personal. Congratulations on all those who are doing sobriety. Hope everyone finds at least a little peace & joy this holiday season.
E Gee Bee what a great story! I don't have kids (yet, hopefully) but I grew up with Santa and i would want the same for my kids. Every year I make sure to label a gift to my nephew from Santa
when i was a kid i'd make homemade gifts for all of my aunts and uncles every year. this continued through my 20's until the family had a fight.now i'll buy some stuff for the kids, and make the rest of the gifts.
A bit of make more buy.
I make syrups like orange cardamom and spiced vanilla to give with bottles of alcohol for certain friends and have a few on hand to bring to parties. I also make 'clean' treats ie: homemade Lara type bars and give this with running socks for my run pals.. And treats, I bake to bring for specific people that request items or where I know it will be appreciated.
I also plan to blow up a few of my daughters favourite images and have them matted and framed for her wall.
Hi Phive Reeses! 😛
I buy things but I buy a lot of stuff from etsy because I live things that are handmade and OOAK.This year so far I have bought silver bangles for my best friend, and have commissioned some beautiful personalized bracelets for my neices. I'm an etsy junkie.
Vicki, I've had the same reaction to my handknits. Only other knitters get that kind of gift from me.
I make black bean tamales and buy mason jars that are filled with something homemade—soup mix, chex mix or Nutella puppy chow. Happy holidays, goodbye!
Only my daughter and hubby get something purchased and the young kids we know get something nice too but no plastic bullshit. Good quality games, dress up clothes, art supplies.
I think u must be alotta fun to hang out with!! Love ur posts!!! Pickax is classic!!!!
I'm with Aunt Liddy's last comment there. It is what you make it: if it's in your heart, share it. It used to be that if I couldn't spend loads of money on my nephews and nieces, I would be so upset. It's about the love. <3
Yes kara, good on u!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry u broke reese, we all been there. It wont always be like this. Thats why when i hv money, im generous with it, u dont know whats coming up. U hang in there!!
Liddy, I love Christmas and I love making Christmas gifts. I would just rather strangle members of family with the scarves I made them.
Awesome! Thank you 🙂 mmmmm cookies!
Repurposed it for what??!! It was already an apron!! That was very rude. I hv aprons people have given from like 30 yrs ago !!
My vicki, nit feeling very christmassy this year, are u? Lol. Love the pickax thought!
Thanks to everyone for your insight!
@Amber, I'm with you on kids needing a little magic. I remember thinking I saw the lights from Santa's sleigh glaring from my roof while looking out the window as a child 😀 oh, to be young again….*sigh*
@Tuxedo, you're totally right – we do need to protect their childhood. My husband seems to have softened to the idea after hearing everyones input. Besides, what a great way to bribe the kids to be 'nice' all year round 😉
Both! But I'm an Etsy girl!I make handmade books, journals & cards!
Vicki- I'll message you on FB when I get home and I'll send you the link to my friends Etsy site!
Meh. The patterns all seem to say "for personal use only" or something like that. I don't want to tempt fate.
I do both. I bought my older niece and nephew some clothes and my great-nephew some Legos. Co-workers will get some baked goods. I've also knitted some scarves for certain people and some of my close friends/family will be getting jewelry that I am making special for each one. Oh and my friends that have doggies will be getting a decorated cookie jar of homemade doggy treats.
Thanks, Vicki. And I agree with ReesesPeace that just because you didn't design the pattern does NOT mean you can't sell the finished products on Etsy. Go for it!
Stew, I love your gift basket ideas!
The whole idea that "people don't care for homemade stuff" infuriates me. I'm not directing this at you, btw. 🙂 I just don't understand. Why should a gift matter so much? It's just a gift. If someone wants something badly enough, then why not buy it themselves? Gifts for adults, I mean. You can't buy a homemade present from a loved one, generally. Well, unless they have an etsy store! Sorry that you had a bad experience with homemade gifts. Some people aren't appreciative of what they receive.
@Vicki…I disagree. Not everyone can design, but if you are making a quality product, why shouldn't you be able to profit? Not everyone can make a quality product. Girl, do it!
@Amanda, I have two young ones, the oldest is five and I'm doing the Santa thing. I don't feel scarred from my parents lying to me about it so I figure my kids will be ok too. Plus as Amber said, they do need a little magic in their lives.
Also agree with the comments about kids being spoiled nowadays! I just read somewhere about the 4 gift rule which is one gift they want, one gift they need, one gift they can wear and one gift they can read so I'm going to stick to that.
C. Malone, nope, but people have told me I should. I just knit patterns I find on Ravelry. I don't design my own stuff so I feel like I shouldn't make money off of someone else's design.
I've been doing both the last couple years. This year I decided to do more diy for gifts and one present for the adults. I've made laundry detergent (only because we use it and i want to share the recipe), homemade foot soak for the ladies, big bars of soap for the men and still more to go including some awesome peppermint popcorn I made last year. The joys of pinterest!
making them as I type- dried persimmons and citrus salt….I just hope no one tries to smoke my salts!
Pinterest has a ton of cute ideas for homemade gifts.
Both. I buy gifts for family and sometimes do crafts for my daughter. She likes when I personalize her clothes with monograms or make jewelry for her.
I bake cakes and cookies for friends, teachers, and coworkers and I try to pack them imaginatively. My daughter's 2nd grade teacher is getting cookies packed in a decorated pencil box. I'm not particularly crafty but I find that a little bit of work is usually greatly appreciated.
Usually buy, I've also found that most people don't care for homemade stuff