This year, I have decided that I want to do a homemade Christmas. I normally make a few homemade gifts each year, but this year I’m challenging myself to giving everyone gifts that are homemade. I might break down and get J something from the store, if something catches my eye, but otherwise it’s going to be homemade all the way!
My mother will be receiving a homemade afghan in turquoise, browns and creams. I’m not sure what pattern I’m going to use yet, but will probably incorporate the granny square somehow. I already have the yarn sorted, but I need to finish another baby blanket first. I made Mother-in-Law one last year and she seemed to like it, so I figured I’d continue with the theme.
I’m also usually involved in an ornament exchange with some of my international friends, so I’ll probably crochet something for that as well…though I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do, since I did a crocheted star garland last year. Maybe another garland, this time with Christmas trees?
Other gifts I’m thinking about making are: Marinated Feta, Bourbon Cherries, Pomegranate Syrup, Caramel Apple Jam, Vanilla Bean Sugar, Hot Chocolate on a Stick, Marinated Olives, Homemade Frozen Cookie Dough Balls, and Sesame Herb Crackers. I’m sure there’s more I’ll come across in the meantime, but that’s what I’ve managed to collect so far and put on my list. I figure I’ll give out miniature gift baskets to people, so 2-3 of those items will go into each basket, depending on personal tastes. So, for instance, one box would have the crackers, the feta, and either a jam or the olives. Another box might have the Hot Chocolate, the cookie dough, and maybe the sugar (or also covered pretzels would be nice). So yeah…just in the idea phase.
I really like making things for others, so I hope this is something that others would appreciate. What do you think…would you like to get a gift box like this from a good friend, for the holidays?