I am planning a handmade Christmas

@KG4SXF (19)
United States
January 30, 2011 7:48pm CST
Have you ever done a handmade Christmas? My best friend and I are so tired of all the commercialism surrounding Christmas and all the "I wants" that add to way more money than either one of us can afford. So we decided we are going hand make everything we give to everyone this year, both for family and friends. I have made a list of all the people I normally give gifts to, and another list of all the crafts I can do and make for Christmas. My second list includes things like aprons, potholders, pajama's for kids, fleece lap blankets, curtains, napkins, placemats, tablecloths, quilts, bookmarks, beaded ornaments, gifts-in-a-jar, fleece scarves, and some simple jewelry.
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@stevieboi19 (1429)
31 Jan 11
I've never done such a thing and don't think I ever would I'd never have the patience to hand crafted gifts but I do like the idea of handmade gifts as they are more personal. Seriously though Christmas is just past but a really nice idea you should definitely give it ago if you can keep yourself motivated to make everything.
@KG4SXF (19)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I am praying that things slow down soon so I can get back to my sewing. Of course I am working on a quilt for my grandson and guess who I am babysitting during the day? LOL He is already asking me questions about it, so I have had to put it away for the time being. A few years ago I made some Yo-Yo QUilts and gave them to both of my daughters and they loved them.
8 Feb 11
That's such a nice idea hope it goes well for you. Watch those prying eyes lol.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
7 Feb 11
i craft things for Christmas every year and interspurse them with store bought stuff. i am making scarves for this year for at least 4 people. (so far anyways!)
@KG4SXF (19)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I have some store bought stuff already because I have a bad habit of buying things when they are on sale, on clearance, etc. when I have the extra money. Then I put them back in case I need them for a house warming gift, an unexpected birthday, etc. I just want to do something totally different this year, and now with me babysitting during the day in between my bus routes, it is hard for me to get any sewing done! LOL
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Feb 11
Hand made Christmas is the best I think! I used to do them myself. Started with things like table cloth and matching napkins, crocheted afghans, dolls etc. Then I noticed that every one (gave to family) that I gave to, either gave their gifts away or never used them...either way, never saw them again. So I started doing baked goods and a gift basket. I'd start in November with lists of cookies, breads and candies to make. Always included each persons favorite cookie (did 1 per couple or family) Then started collecting ingredients and looking for baskets or whatever to fill. Day after Thanksgiving, I started baking. I had the cookies in categories so the ones that could be mixed up and froze, I'd start mixing the day after Thanksgiving and freeze them, Then, marking on my list...get them out on certain days (depending on how "long they keep") the week before Christmas, and bake them. Some had to wait to be started that week, others...thank goodness for the freezer! But I'd use baggies or colored saran wrap (didn't have the decorative baggies and things back then like they do now!) and then I'd fill the baggies and seperate to each gift basket or tray. It'd be piled high with goodies! The men always loved it! The women, turned their noses up at it! I am still convinced that it was cause they didn't bake and were jealous of me cause their husbands really enjoyed my work...not theirs! But then the family moved away, and things happened and I had to stop doing it. I miss it and miss baking alot, but what I bake, I will eat all by myself and I can't do that to myself! But handmade Christmas...I did turn it to my grand daughters and let them create crafts and things for their parents. THe parents loved them, but now...this past year...they didn't want the things they made saying they already had to much" junk around the house", so I guess my days of hand made christmas are over!!! Oh well, no one ever said all good things will last! But good luck to you and I hope you do do this and make it a sucessful handmade christmas. It is fun, enjoyable and so rewarding to do it. I miss it alot!
@KG4SXF (19)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I have thought about the baked goods, but not sure how well it would ship to Florida, so I will stick to the beading and sewing for them. Baked goods for family and friend's here in NC would be great. I have made gifts-in-a-jar and sent them, though. I wish I could knit or crochet, but that is two crafty things I cannot do.
@peavey (16332)
• United States
31 Jan 11
I always give a few hand made gifts, but I don't think my family would appreciate for everything to be handmade, since their tastes run to books and such. A couple of years ago, though, the whole family decided to give at least one gift each that was hand made. There were some really nice things given.
@KG4SXF (19)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I love buying books. Since I work driving a school bus, I can get some great deals on books when The Book People and Rader Books come through. I tend to buy too much though! LOL
@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
31 Jan 11
At the moment I don't have the skills to give out handmade gifts. And, I'm not sure I would completely go with handmade gifts if I did. However, I am teaching myself how to knit, and hope that by next Christmas I'll be good enough to have a few handmade items to give out.
@KG4SXF (19)
• United States
8 Feb 11
I think that is really cool. I wish I could knit or crochet, but that is one skill I never could get down, so I leave all that to my mom. I can always send her yarn and money to make stuff for me and ship it back. :) Good luck and I am sure you will be great at knitting.
@KrauseHome (34994)
• United States
3 Nov 11
Yes, doing a handmade christmas can be a cheaper way to go. Getting started with all the stuff you might need is the expensive part. But I can remember my Aunt making a lot of her gifts all the time, and I can remember Dolls, purses, etc. as presents, and many times wish I could have kept some of them. But I know I Love to crochet and have given items as gifts. This yr. I am planning on getting some photos up on places for items I have for sale, and show my friends and hope to make some extra money as well.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 Oct 11
I used to do handmade christmas all the time. I made every afghans and home decor...but it was never appreciated so I started doing just for my home...one year we made every single christmas tree ornament...they were so pretty and wonderful. And then gave some as gifts..didn't care if they weren't appreciated. My kids and I loved making them. Then I started baking a huge tray/basket of baked goods...now those were appreciated! I started first of Nov making a list of items to bake, and when to bake them. Then, day after T-day I'd start baking..well, mixing the dough and then freezing the dough for baking later. Then I'd make alist of when to do the actual baking of all the items. Hardest part? Finding a tray/basket big enough, nice enough, but affordable! Those were the best christmas ever!
• United States
25 Oct 11
i used to do handmade Christmas presents when i was a little child but i as much as i like making crafts i do not like to give them for Christmas presents because i never feel like my handmade crafts are good enough to give to my family (even though i am very good at making crafts i still am not professional) i also am unhappy with all the "i wants" when it comes to Christmas because that is not what Christmas is about and i hate that is what people have turned it into i think when there were not so many "i wants" and commercialism around Christmas life was much simpler