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Ashling
« on: April 03, 2014 08:41:26 AM »

I have a somewhat strained relationship with some of my in-laws, but I still feel somewhat obligated to give them something at Christmas time.  I found some yarn on sale and was thinking about making mittens or hats because they would be cheap, but I'm not sure I want to spend that much time on them.  I don't really have a lot of money to spend either, or I could just go the impersonal gift card route.  I'm looking at giving gifts to my husband's two grandmothers and four aunts, two of whom are married.  I've decided not to make anything for his father, as we aren't on speaking terms.

  I know I have a lot of time, but making several things will take time.   Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014 08:47:14 AM »

First, your time is important and do not waste it on someone who won't appreciate it or the craft. I know sometimes we have to bend for our in laws to keep the peace but you can do that with a very simple gift that doesn't take much of your time or energy. A picture of you and your husband would be a wonderful keepsake for them or if you have children, pictures of the family.

A pot holder with your favorite recipe is another good one.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014 09:22:35 AM »

We gave everyone pictures of us a few years ago, if we had kids I'd probably do that more often, but we pretty much look the same as we did in 2008!

Maybe I should just send some handmade cards, they're easy to make and cheap to mail!  Mailing stuff is another issue, since everyone lives in different states, I never know who will be there until a couple weeks before.  Since I work retail, if I'm not done by October it's not happening.  The potholder idea might be good too.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014 09:24:41 AM »

Handmade cards are always a good idea. I love having them on hand, just in case. Oh yeah, mailing is such a pain and can be expensive!
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014 12:41:26 AM »

Yes, I like the idea of the hand made cards with pictures - personal, but not overly so, and inexpensive.  Food gifts can be easy and quick too - depending on what you make, you can do large batches too - cookies, spiced nuts, candies, loaves, mixes in jars (soups, hot chocolate, etc) - Many can also be done well in advance and frozen too - sometimes I like to make large batches so that I have extras for potlucks, unexpected guests, etc.

If you want to make hats or mittens, if you can find old wool sweaters at yard sales or thrift stores, you can full them in the washing machine and do simple cut and sewn accessories with them.
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014 08:38:46 AM »

I think the only reason I thought about knitting anything for them is so I'd have an excuse to buy yarn! Cheesy maybe I should just do what one of the grandmas does which is just make things she likes to make and just pass them out.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2014 06:35:10 PM »

Yes - then at least you get the fun of the making!
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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2014 07:18:27 AM »

The homemade cards are a great idea and if you feel you need to give something what about a small felt ornament that you can tuck inside the card?
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2014 11:02:44 PM »

Ooh, that's not a bad idea!
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