My sister and my mother both have March birthdays. Our general for gift exchanges are – if you made it, we love it. If it’s recycled, up-cycled or even down right used up but has a bit of charm and another life left in it, we love it more.
So hand-made gifts are welcome – and usually offset with cash or gift card so that recipient of gift has the opportunity to buy something their heart truly desires. Hobby Lobby carries a wonderful selection of glass framed charms that you can customize. There are 2 in a package, so I always seem to have one on hand.
They make the perfect little personal charm for a necklace or bracelet. This one I made for my sister. I love the pearls that are recycled earrings, there is a button and a little charm that says “cope”.
I told her I couldn’t offer her HOPE, but thought COPE was really more accurate, anyway at our age.
For my mom, I took the little Boston Terrier dog charm that she asked me for and added some interesting baubles and doo-dads, and a few vintage watches.
I love that when they opened their gifts they asked very genuinely “Did you make this?” Mom put hers on right away and has worn it a few times already.
The truth about making gifts:
- I didn’t save any money – my stash is always being added to it seems, to justify that I might make something for “so & so”.
- I destroyed my craft table, opened and dug through bins and bags and bundles that I had not seen in a year looking for just the right shiny thing.
- I have not yet uncovered the craft table from all the debris.
- If you make the gift, then you tend to want to make the wrapping, the tags, need the perfect ribbon and string… more excuses to stash, buy and hoard supplies.
- The truth is- I think we do it for ourselves. Hence, the secondary gift card/cash tag along!
I loved every minute of it, loved thinking about their personalities, their sense of humor, what they enjoy. Making a gift, I have found means connecting with that person, even if only you know that you are connected. I like to see in their faces that I knew just the right thing about them when I made their gift.