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Homemade Christmas is something I’m just getting into this year. As some of you may know (and the rest will find out), I LOVE to sew and craft! I haven’t had too much time since Daniel was born, especially since he’s now getting a bit older and needing more attention, but I definitely still do it when I can. I had a HUGE list of projects I wanted to finish before he was born. I got most of it done, although I really only finished the last stuff on the list yesterday!
I digress. Homemade Christmas came out of my love of creating. It is the idea that every gift I give will be something that I’ve created myself, just for that person. I’ve come to really dislike the idea that we need to spend a lot of money to try to buy the “perfect” present for someone, especially when it’s something they either won’t really use much, or that they’d buy for themselves. Why buy someone a power tool? Or even a nice sweater? It seems so much more meaningful to sit down and imagine what someone might like, create it yourself, and give it with love.
I have been working on my Christmas list for awhile. It’s hard in two ways. First, for my immediate family (husband and kids), I typically think of too many things to get them! I have a whole big list for my daughter (who will be almost 2 at Christmas and is really getting into it this year — she LOVES the lights and trees that are up). For more distant family, I have trouble thinking of what I might make them. But I’ve had SO many ideas.
Here is my general idea list:
*Vanilla extract (working on this one!)
*Rice-filled heating pads (I make mine from pretty flannel, so soft)
*Other bath products (salts, shampoo?)
*Candles (soy wax scented with essential oils)
I can’t remember what else right now. But this is some GOOD stuff I’m trying to make! I’m creating my own recipes for the bath products based on the research I did. I’m still waiting on some shea butter and the essential oils to come in, so I haven’t been able to play with it yet.
For Bekah, I am planning:
*3 sets of sheets for her toddler bed
*1 denim blanket
*Doll diapers and clothes
I am not sure what else! Perhaps I’ll get creative with non-toxic, non-staining fingerpaints, or playdough. I’m not going to list what I’ll be doing for other family members, because 1) I’m not totally sure yet, and 2) They might read this blog! I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise.
I am just so excited about this. I feel like it’s a really great way to use my talents, and show that I love people, and, honestly, save a little money. I don’t have money to buy everyone a $20+ perfect store-bought present. But I do have the time and creativity to make some nice things. I tend to be a pretty hands-on, physical person. I’m not too verbal, so I have trouble actually saying “I love you” to many people (or at least trouble elaborating on that!). So I like to show people through actions or these homemade gifts.
In a few weeks, once I’ve really dived into my projects, I’ll post an update on how they’re going and some hints on what I’m doing for different family members. But nothing definite until after the holiday!