Whenever I am gifted a handmade treasure, I think of the time, skill, effort and love that has gone into its creation. I imagine the maker deliberating over their choice of yarn or carefully painting a hand drawn image or choosing the most favourite of fruits for a jar of jam. Last year, my mother gave me a beautiful, peacock blue cardigan that she had knitted for me. Whenever I wear it, it is like wrapping her arms around me.
There is a warmth that spreads throughout one's own heart when presenting another with a handmade gift and seeing that the receiver appreciates all that is wrapped up under the paper and ribbon. I love to make simple gifts but the things I make always come together slowly. That is why I have begun making gifts for Christmas now ... because it will take me many months to finish them!
One completed gift ready to be wrapped up with fragrant soap.
A gift not quite finished...yet!
I find inspiration in the gifts I have received from others, in craft shops and in books from my local library. Over the weekend, I found these two books at my local library that have lots of ideas for handmade gift-giving.
Note the word EASY on both covers!
There is also lots of inspiration online. There are so many creative people out there! This year, I am going to make some beautiful, hand-stitched felt doves using this pattern. I would also love to roll out some soft clay and make these sweet keepsakes. I think both the doves and the keepsakes would be small and special additions to any Christmas parcel.
Are you crafting for Christmas yet? What are you making?