Whew! After four straight nights of jam making, the nectarines are mostly gone and we have 20 jars of nectarine jam for Christmas giving (and some to keep, I hope). It has been so much fun and I have big plans for making more jam as other fruit in the yard ripens (probably soon). So with all this jam on board, it doesn't seem to soon to contemplate Christmas gifts.
I have lots of thoughts on Christmas giving.
:: I believe in handmade because it is heartfelt and it is personal.
:: I believe in consumables (like the jam) because I don't ever want to burden someone with a gift they hate but they feel they have to keep a long time. With consumables (like jam, or soap, or granola, or Christmas cookies) they use it up, it's gone, they go back to their normal lives.
:: And I believe in natural materials too so instead of sitting in the landfill forever when the gift is no longer useful, it will return to the earth (as is the case with cotton or wood or glass).
:: I heartily believe in books, and that is what I often like to get.
So, we have the jam, and I'm enjoying beginning to think of gifts I can sew as well. Some things that have caught my eye:
:: handmade napkins
:: felted rocks
:: patchwork coasters
:: fabric bookmarks (to make with the children) (scroll down)
:: fabric toadstools
:: matryoska dolls
:: fabric headbands
:: fabric ornaments
:: and my favorite, fabric pears
These are just some things that have caught my eye since last Christmas, for possible making and giving this Christmas. The photos here are all things I've made in the past (except the jam of course).
What are you planning on making for Christmas gifts this year? And what do you believe in when it comes to Christmas giving?