The holidays are fast approaching! If you enjoy handmade gifts as much as I do, this tends to be the busiest time of the year. A few years ago, I was searching for Christmas gifts for my family and decided on making something myself. I didn't want anyone to be jealous of another person's gift, so I decided I would make the same gift for everyone. I choose an item to make for all and I would make each one a little different - usually using their favorite color as a theme.
The first year that I did this I chose to make everyone scarves. Scarves are easy to work up and I was living in the midwest at the time so scarves would come in handy for all. I couldn't believe how well my gifts were received. I could see that my family was so excited that I had created something just for them. I was so happy to see what amazing reactions I got from my gifts!
The following year, I had recently learned to make hats. How perfect would it be to make everyone a hat that would match the scarf they already have? It was absolutely perfect! Without even realizing it, I was creating my own tradition of handmade gifts for my family. My mom started to hint, "I wonder what you will make us this year..."
Choosing new gifts to make each year also helped me learn new patterns and techniques. Coming up with gift ideas forced me to look for new things to learn and it was wonderful. In the third year of this tradition, I had learned to knit socks from a friend's mom. One of my first thoughts was, "these will make great gifts!" Well, they would make great gifts...but I ended up biting off a little more than I could chew with this one. They were a little too ambitious for the deadline of the holidays. Luckily, I was able to get a little creative. I just finished one sock for each person for them to unwrap with a promise to have the second finished soon!
After moving to Arizona, I had to come up with smaller gifts that I could mail if I had to. One year, I made coffee cozies and put them on reusable coffee cups. I also added cocoa and candy canes inside the cup. Another year, I made little shower poofs. This last year, I made lap blankets. And now, my family knows that each year they can look forward to a new handmade gift!
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