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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2010 06:02:28 AM »

I've tried in the past to do a completely handmade Christmas but, time usually gets away from me and it doesn't always work out! This year, I seem to have a better handle on it and I keep having to check myself for having grandiose ideas! "Keep it simple, stupid" has become my mantra.  Grin

Luckily, my family knows that I am crafty and whenever I am working on a project at family gatherings, I always get compliments on whatever I am working on. I've recently learned how to weave baskets so, the extended family will be getting bread baskets which I think will please them. We are a carb lovin' family, lol.
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2010 12:27:18 PM »

Last year my sister helped me make homemade ornaments (from cinnamon clay) and wreaths for the whole family (using wreath forms, garland and ornaments from the $ store). Those were certainly well received. I also on my own made cocoa in a jar and homemade crocheted potholders.

Some were received more happily than others, but I really couldn't care less because it was only adults who got them and some of them didn't bother to give any gifts at all in return (for me or anyone else). For my own kids and my one nephew I purchased gifts.

My budget is $10 per person and I think I gave the best gifts possible with that limit. This year I am making hats and scarves, which is turning out to be more work than potholders, but allows me to stay within my budget and give the gift of love.

Some of my sisters like to craft as well, and I have gotten some crocheted gifts before, which are the most precious gifts I own.

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« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2010 12:52:36 PM »

I would love to do an all handmade Christmas, but like most here it wouldn't be well received by the majority. So I think I'm going to just do a few items for the ppl that like the homemade gift idea and give gift cards to the rest as money is all they want anyways. 

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« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2010 05:39:41 PM »

I'm attempting it this year! :] Hoping everyone will like it. Although, I'm freaking out that it's October...I should have started earlier!

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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2010 05:40:34 AM »

This is my first attempt at mostly handmade gifting this Christmas, and I toyed with the idea of doing all handmade Christmas gifts, but have settled on just making things for folks in my family who will appreciate them.  I will still have to purchase a couple of things ready made from a store this Christmas, but I'd rather do that than spend the time to make something for someone who is completely unappreciative!

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« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2010 01:30:56 PM »

Some of my presents this year will be handmade for two reasons: I enjoy doing it and can tailor it specially and also it may work out slightly cheaper.

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« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2010 06:10:45 PM »

I'm doing all handmade tree ornaments this year. I enjoy homemade gifts but I know I couldn't do it all handmade. Smiley Good luck.

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« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2010 08:03:10 PM »

I've winnowed our giving list quite a bit. And I make so many presents that for his birthday, DS#2 asked if he was getting anything storebought... I've been making a lot of altered books lately and I'm working on one for my brother, who has more money than God - they buy anything they want so I've always made something. I figure it's the thought that counts. It also helps that my in-laws have decided to do presents only for the kids - 3 gifts vs 9 gifts is a huge difference.
I try to have the attitude that any act of kindness puts good karma in the world. I also have a present drawer that I stock all year long from thrift shops and such with things that I find that aren't expensive or even worth very much, but have a meaning for the person I'm giving them to.

I guess I'm more of the handmade and try to reuse gifts...

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« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2010 10:24:21 PM »

I'm going to try and do handmade this year, as well.  I'm working on an afghan for my fiance and a crocheted rag rug or two for my mother.  She saw some at a craft fair she went to with me this past summer and totally adored every one of them, so I know they'll be well-received.  FH knows he's getting an afghan, lol, and can't wait Smiley

I'm trying to do swaps for other stuff.  I'm getting tired of the same old store-bought stuff and money is tight this year anyway.  Getting my little brother cool molded soaps might reduce the bathtime arguments anyway  Cheesy
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2010 11:38:49 AM »

I did an all handmade holiday a few years ago.  My family gives multiple gifts to each person, so I knew I had my work cut out for me - I started crafting in Summer.  I probably made at least 10 handmade items each for 5 people, plus some random things for fringe family members Wink  It was a lot of work, but so much more satisfying for each gift opened Smiley

I did a homemade holiday for three reasons:
1. I worked part-time so I had extra time to craft  Cheesy
2. I worked part-time so I had no money  Undecided
3. I knew my family would appreciate handmade gifts Smiley

I still do handmade gifts each year, but not like that one year where it was my "theme" to do only handmade gifts. This year I've slowly been making hobo squares for an afghan for my mom, and I'm doing some personalized jewelry for my sister, but otherwise it's store-bought this go 'round.

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