We are getting closer! Who is ready?
This year we set a really really small Christmas budget. As is, I've spent about 50 bucks. I'm not done shopping, but I am not planning on spending a lot more. We're saving our pennies over here for a few different things and are also trying to really teach our kids about the meaning behind Christmas. I am totally for gift giving though! And I love getting gifts, as I have made clear. ;)
So this year the gifts are primarily handmade, but I also have a really looong list of people that I want to share Christmas love with. As much as I would want to sew, paint or create something for everyone on my list, there just isn't time! So, I came up with a few ideas for a gifts that don't take a long time to bring together.
First, the themed craft kit. I wrote my list of friends down and jotted their hobbies next to each name. I then went on a hunt for containers around the house to fill, so I didn't buy any particular packaging. This one below happens to be a cocoa container.
Then, I filled it up. This is where you have to know your friends. Will they find it tacky that you went around your house filling up a cocoa container with your cast offs? If so.. maybe go a different route. ;) But most of my friends share my same interests, and a goodie box filled with vintage buttons, trims and fabric will be better than something from the store. It shows that I love them enough to share parts of my collection. And as a bonus for me, these gifts cost me nothing. I've put together sewing kits, art kits, cooking kits (recipes, specialty pantry items, thrifted unique dishes) cleaning kits (my favorite cleaning products - this might sound like a horrible gift, but if you share fun conversations with people about how you both love to clean certain things, then it will touch home and be appreciated!).
If you are looking for a good tutorial for a project to do with the kids, my friend Liesel shared these crayons on her blog the other day. Melting crayons is not exactly a new thing, but her idea to double boil them was genius to me! They gave them to our kids last year and they are still the "go-to" crayons.