I’m having a hard time believing it is December…the beginning of the month felt like Spring! We were all enjoying 70 degree weather in our t-shirts and sandals. However, now the weather is back to normal December temperatures and I am so glad. I’ve gotten my Christmas tree up and have been listening to my favorite Christmas album while I’ve been traveling to and from Birmingham. Trav and I also just celebrated our second wedding anniversary — I got to see my wedding dress and my rehearsal bouquet that my talented aunt made for me while I visited home. And in all that time, I was also able to make a new video about Christmas gifts.
My aim with Christmas presents this year is to give things that either fill a need, lend a piece of encouragement, or inspire long lasting thoughts/creativity. My husband and I are in a season of life where we don’t have a lot of money to spare and we want to tell our friends and family that we love them with the means we do have. And, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that loving and giving can still be extravagant with little money and resources. Despite lacking an extra chunk of change everyone thinks they could use, we are a wealthy people and don’t have many physical needs. I think, in many cases, most of our need lies within us, rather than outside of us. A lot of us have food on the table, clothes to spare, and a roof over our heads. So for those who have their needs met, I’ve come up with some DIY Christmas gifts to encourage their spirits and provide for their hearts. I’d also challenge you to make a point to write your loved ones cards to encourage them or even meet with them and listen to them. We are so busy, but it means so much when you take time to listen to your friends and family and be present with them and come alongside them and serve them.
Here are some extra notes about the items included in my youtube video:
1. Knitted Hat — here is the PDF pattern for the exact hat I made: Chunky Square Hat
2. Journal — I used a regular composition notebook that you can find at any drugstore or grocery store and applied art to it. I used homemade mod podge, scrapbook paper, gesso and my own handwriting to create my cover. You can spray it with a finish or just “paint” over it with mod podge to seal your artwork.
3. Painting — If you are going to paint on wood, it is a good idea to paint a layer of gesso first to “prime” the surface. Your paint will adhere much easier that way.
4. Knitting Kit — You can apply this same idea to any kind of art kit – crochet, scrapbooking, needle felting, sewing, needlepoint, etc.
5. Stack-O-Books — This is a chance to share inspiring material with your friends. If it is a book you enjoyed and are okay with giving away, definitely include it. If you want your books back, then make it a swap!
If you don’t have the time, or think you don’t have the ability to make gifts, and you do have some money to spend this Christmas, here are some awesome businesses to purchase from this season:
There are so many small businesses out there that exist for a cause and they are not hard to find. They would all greatly benefit from your purchases. It is a way to make your money go further.
SO, What are your Christmas traditions surrounding giving? Do you like to make gifts for your loved ones? How do you handle Christmas with your children? I’d love to know if you try any of these DIY gifts for Christmas!