As I’ve mentioned, this Christmas, I will be without The Boy. Since the divorce, I have noted how few gifts are on my list for others. Being an only child and having an only child leaves only gifts for my parents, The Man, and The Boy. I’ll admit this is kind of nice, although giving the perfect gift is something on which I pride myself a bit. I do get gift cards when someone tells me that’s all they want, but it’s difficult to stretch the traditions of Christmas morning out when you are giving gift cards to 3 other people…
How do I get my gift-giving fix? Where do I get to be creative? (Mom, Dad, anyone else on my list — stop reading!)
I’m working on some crafty wrapping this year, thanks to all kinds of inspiration from Pinterest. I just got a new sewing machine, so I will be working on these stitched wrapping projects from Shimtokk:
Stocking stuffers are another area where I get to be thoughtful and creative. No dollar store trips for me! Here are some of the projects I will be attempting:
Dad’s will have his favorite treat, Jordan almonds, and The Man’s will contain his favorite, Necco wafers:
The directions are here at Martha Stewart’s site, again. Haters can hate, but sometimes she’s got good, achievable ideas!
And maybe these:
Filled with coffee or hot chocolate mix? The tutorial is from Design Mom.
Finally, we have a tradition to spend some time on the gift tags – not making them elaborate or anything, but as clues to the gift. Rather than just saying “To: Mom, From: Annie” it will elude to the nature of the gift, and from whom the gift is. For example: if I was giving my mom a book (a fairly common gift), the tag might read, “To: William Least Heat Moon, From: Alex Haley”. (Moon wrote one of Mom’s favorite books, “Blue Highways”, and Haley wrote one of my favorite books, “Roots”. We know each other’s favorites, so this would be a big clue to her that it is book-related, and that it is from me!)
What can I say? I like to emphasize the relationship I have with each person rather than the stuff. I want to remind them about all of their little quirks which make them so lovable. To me, that’s what this season is about.