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Old 10-23-2005, 11:57 PM   #1
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Handmade gifts for Family for the Holiday Season
Okay.. I have a bit of a dilemma... I'm naturally a fairly giving person, to a fault almost when it comes to family. I always spend too much on presents.

Now this "Santa Season" DH & I are on a VERY tight budget, so I'm making pretty much all the gifts.

How does this look to y'all?

My Parents
- Handmade Holiday Hamper (description below)
- Photo Album for their recent trip to the UK - which was also part b'day/father's day pressie as it's about $70.

His Parents
- Handmade Holiday Hamper
- Sewing Tote & organiser for MIL (FIL doesn't want anything special)

My Sister & BIL
- Handmade Holiday Hamper
- Set of Boye's for Sister

My Niece & Nephew
- Small ceramic angels with their name on them
- "Reindeer" Bell (like in Polar Express)
- Polar Express DVD

His Aunt & Uncle
- Handmade Holiday Hamper

His 3 Cousins (girls, 13, 16, 20)
- Knitted face washer
- Girly soap from Lush
- Knitted eye pillow

Handmade Holiday Hamper - All made by me
Gingerbread Men & Teddies
Shortbread (usually 2 or 3 different flavours)
Moulded Chocolates
Lady Kisses (almond based biscuits)

Thoughts?
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Old 10-24-2005, 12:00 AM   #2
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I think those gifts sound both thoughtful AND generous!
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Old 10-24-2005, 12:03 AM   #3
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What great gifts! it's obvious that you have put a lot of love & thought into each and every gift! Sounds like you've hit the ball out of the park with these
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Old 10-24-2005, 12:13 AM   #4
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I made everyone's present last year but got crunched towards the end so I've already started Christmas presents here. Hat and matching scarf sets and felted bags for the gals in the family. Not sure about the guys yet...
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Thanks guys...

I've just been worried that people might get the whole "Well you only made it" mentality...

<sigh>

well..

If they don't like these.. then they don't get anymore presents.. LOL
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:22 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by misstialouise
If they don't like these.. then they don't get anymore presents.. LOL
That's RIGHT! :|
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Sounds wonderful to me... I think homemade gifts are the best I just usually tend to run out of time LOL... If I ever get this baby afghan done by Friday and then the helmet liners I'm gonna be locked up in a knitting room till Christmas working on gifts Everyones getting a knitted scarf/shawl...
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:48 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by KellyK
Originally Posted by misstialouise
If they don't like these.. then they don't get anymore presents.. LOL
That's RIGHT! :|
I third that!
I have several Aunts and Uncles to include my godparents and they are hard to buy for. They are all retired and really have all they need so I try to get them something thoughtful, yet consumable that hopefully creates a memory. Like: a gift certificate to a new restaurant, bread mix and dipping oil (last year's idea for the GP's) jars of homemade coco mix and a polar fleece lap blanket. etc. That way there's limited items left to store and worry about dusting and such.

Oh, and I would LOVE a holiday hamper... i wanna live in a country that has such colorful (or should I say colour-full) ways of naming their stuff (over here a hamper is what your dirty laundry goes into--not to belittle your type my dear... in the play Oklahoma they auctioned off hampers of fine farm girl cookin' ) ((a play I may add my fave hot Aussie was in... )
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Originally Posted by BinkyKat
i wanna live in a country that has such colorful (or should I say colour-full) ways of naming their stuff (over here a hamper is what your dirty laundry goes into--not to belittle your type my dear... in the play Oklahoma they auctioned off hampers of fine farm girl cookin' ) ((a play I may add my fave hot Aussie was in... )
LOL.. Colourful.. we only have the u like the French.. hehehe.

But thank you :D

I finished the first face washer yesterday, blocked and all, I'll post a pic of it tonight.. :D

Now, to tackle the other two and matching lavender eye pillows.. :D
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Old 10-25-2005, 09:20 PM   #10
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I think that your list sounds wonderful!! I too, am making lots of gifts this year, and I find myself resisiting the urge to consider what else I might get them to go along with the homemade gifts. I made clogs for my sister, and am working on a sweater for her. I made clogs for her husband. I am making clogs for my grandmother. I made a sweater for one of my best friends, and I think I might make clogs for another friend. I would like to make a hat for my dad- we'll see how much time I have!! :D
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