As the Christmas season approaches, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas of what to give all 5 of my family members. Now, just figuratively speaking, we don’t really do all that much for Christmas. Overall, it just costs a lot of money if you go all out on it, so we stay pretty minimal with the decorations and such. Normally, we just have our stockings hung up, so we try to give presents that fit in them, but if they are bigger, we just put them near our fireplace.
However, we still do give gifts so I was thinking about what to do. I don’t have any spare money to spend, and with my injured shoulder, I can’t work, so the normal idea of buying gifts is pretty much out. Usually, I try to make more gifts than I buy anyway, so it’s not that foreign of an idea to me – just takes some extra thinking.
So, here are some of the ideas that I have come up with, and I hope that I can accomplish at least some of these before Christmas: (Note to Family Members: This doesn’t mean that this is what you are getting for Christmas. They are just ideas, so don’t get excited.)
- Puzzles – Find a photo you like in a magazine, photocopy it, then cut the photo out from the magazine. Cut the magazine photo into puzzle pieces. Put everything (photocopy, puzzle pieces) into a Ziploc bag. Voila – a homemade puzzle that your family is sure to enjoy!
- Knit, crochet, or sew hats, scarves, gloves, slippers, sweaters, ect. – This will only work if you know how to knit, crochet, or sew, so don’t try it if you don’t know how. 😉 However, if you like this craft and you have spare time, these gifts will be loved!
- Word Searches or Crossword Puzzles – You really can make these, and they are quite easy! Just get a list of corresponding words and fit them together in a puzzle!
- Homemade Sweets and Baked Goods – Everybody loves these, just make sure they are wrapped before entering the stocking, and made only a day or so before Christmas!
Anyway, these are just a few, and of course, one could always buy their gifts, but people always *love* homemade gifts (as long as they are well done, right?) 😀 I will definitely be making my gifts this year (or most of them), since I don’t have much money to spend on gifts, and can’t work because of my injured shoulder. So, have fun this holiday, and be creative!
Question of the Day: What other gifts could you make?