I am saying all of this because, I hate to shop! Especially this time of year. You never really know what to get anybody and prices are ridiculous on things that aren't built to last. So I decided to go "old school" on everyone. It was hard at first because I really didn't spend that much money at all. And I thought everyone, even those I didn't "make" for would be like "she is such a tightwad, she couldn't even spend money for Christmas gifts" but I don't think anyone said that, at least I didn't hear anything. I really wanted to do this, and what I did spend was time. Isn't time more valuable than money? I told them that first year that this was going to be the new norm from us. They were going to get something handmade every year. I would love if Christmas and gift giving, in general, would go back to those days when you made something for everyone and in return got something handmade. Maybe I am on a one woman mission to make that happen in my family.
- We all have a talent of some sort. It may hidden deep in there, but it is there none the less, find it.
- Look at craft stores for ideas.
- PINTEREST!!! is crammed full of ideas. You could spend weeks finding things on that website alone and never get to the end of it.
- Recycle, up cycle or whatever cycle you can do.