One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to be more thoughtful. To schedule weekly phone calls with my long-distance friends so we could catch up on each others’ lives. To remember my relatives’ birthdays and send them cards not belatedly. To do things with more purpose and not just halfway.
Well, now that it’s November I can’t exactly say that I’ve been 100% successful with this resolution, but I’ve definitely been making an effort and I’m proud of myself for that.
The real trick, however, is Christmas. This is the holiday that’s most important when it comes to friends and family, and also when it comes to planning. I want to make sure I give gifts that are meaningful to the people on my Christmas list, especially the people who are the most special to me. I don’t want December 20th to roll around and still be struggling for ideas on what to get them. That’s how last year went and my friends and family all ended up with generic, store-bought gifts and I felt like a lousy friend/daughter/girlfriend/sister/yougetthedrift.
This year is going to be different. I’ve been brainstorming and compiling lists of things I want to make for my friends and family. After all, handmade is definitely the way to go if you want to give thoughtful Christmas gifts to the special people in your life.
In my search for fun, interesting, creative gifts perfectly suited for the important people on my Christmas list, I came across a bunch of ideas that I thought would be helpful to people other than just myself. So I put together this list of 16 Handmade Gifts that hopefully will give you some inspiration for the people on YOUR list.
From handy gifts like a recipe binder and a sewn laptop sleeve to cute home accents like shimmer candles and a monogram mug set, there are some really great ideas for handmade presents in this collection.
Check out these pics for a sneak peak and then click over to the collection to see the full list.
For the fashion lover:
For the bookworm:
This is the first holiday in recent memory where I’ve actually been more excited to give out my presents than receive gifts myself. I’m just so proud that I was able to find things that really “fit” the people on my Christmas list… things that I know they’ll love and use and wear. Here’s to hoping I can keep up with this resolution next year too!