I cannot believe how quickly Christmas is approaching! It feels like we just celebrated July 4th! Goodness gracious…I swear the older I get, the faster time goes.
Used to be, by the middle of summer I had quite a bit of my Christmas shopping done. And little by little, year after year, I started slipping, and here it is, the middle of October, and I have nothing purchased or made yet!
I really enjoy making most of the gifts I give, even for birthday parties that the kids are invited to. I feel like even if I don’t know the person that well, a handmade, useful gift is a great choice. Sometimes I make a super secret, family recipe, award winning fudge in a nice tin. I’ve also made little homemade jams and jellies throughout the year and then some muffins to put into a basket the day of the event. I sew A LOT, and can sew pretty much anything. When my twin cousins were 4, I made them each a set of letter pillows that spelled out their names. I made K a few outfits, both kids blankets and Angry Birds hoodies, and some clothes and diapers for her babies.
This year I know for sure I want to have a WAHM make my dad a pair of alpaca socks (he wears them for hunting because they’re so warm) with the fornicating deer on them. I think he’ll love them. I know that K will be getting a soft sculpture doll, which should be interesting because I’ve never made one before, and of course some clothes to go with it. My aunt wears a lot of capes instead of coats, so I’m trying to find a unique pattern for one for her. My grandparents are so hard to buy for. Both of their birthdays and their anniversary are right around Christmas, so it’s a triple whammy! I did see a really neat nativity set that I may make for them, though.
Another favorite gift to give are themed gift baskets. I like to do a movie night basket, with a bottle of pop, a few packs of popcorn, maybe some cheap popcorn tubs, a movie sized box of candy, and either a $5 dvd from walmart or a Redbox code. I adore the ice cream basket…I get ice cream dishes and an ice cream scoop from the dollar store, chocolate syrup, and a few toppings and put them all into a cute basket…it’s a huge hit!
I’m hoping to get my butt into gear here soon and get started instead of waiting til the last minute!