As the calendar keeps inching, or perhaps sprinting, toward Christmas, we all want to be ready to bless our family and friends with wonderful gifts. We understand that Christmas is a celebration of Christ’s birth and we like to bring a present to the party. Here are a few suggestions for items that are affordable to make, fun to receive, and in many cases, don’t create lasting clutter for the recipient to dust in the New Year.
A Kit for a Quick & Easy Supper
This Italian Style One Pot Supper can be made entirely from shelf stable ingredients, which means you could assemble a box, bag, or basket of those ingredients and give it as a thoughtful gift to a busy parent or anyone who might need to get a satisfying homemade meal on the table at the last minute. No boxed mixes or jarred sauce needed! The recipe is here.
Mother always reminded us to write thank-you notes for our gifts, so why not help someone with that task by providing a set of custom note cards? The supplies are inexpensive and readily available from craft stores and “big box” retailers and the techniques are easy. The first installment of a three-part series on simple handmade cards is here.
Colored Sugar Sets
While this post is about making colored vanilla sugar, the same, simple process would work just as well to color granulated sugar. A baking buddy would be delighted with a rainbow assortment of sugars to embellish special treats. The instructions are here.
A large candy bouquet would be a perfect group gift or a “WOW” present for someone special. Smaller candy bouquets are fun for colleagues and friends. Use the same process to make a bouquet of seed packets for a gardener or pencils for a teacher or nail polish for a teenager…whatever you can dream up! The larger bouquet instructions are here and the smaller bouquet instructions are here.
Gifts of Time & Talent
If you don’t feel up to cooking, crafting, or creating a personal gift, perhaps a gift of your talent would be the best thing for your loved one. A list of gift ideas and several sets of free printable gift certificates are available here. You could give a gift certificate for babysitting or house cleaning or car washing or photo organizing or whatever you know would bless the recipient.
If you’re still planning to shop for gifts, you might like the suggestions shared here.
Remember the Reason for the Season
While exchanging gifts is fun, the real reason for the season is to celebrate God’s gift of His Son. We don’t know the exact date of Jesus’ birth, but we do know where he was born and what he did while he lived among us. Even if you can only give your love and prayers of blessing this Christmas season, please take the time to read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and be amazed right along with those who heard what the shepherds said about the Christ child (verse 18).
I suspect I’ll have a hard time blogging for the next few weeks because I intend to focus on spending time with my family and friends, but I’ll share pictures and updates when I can. I’ll share more of the fun times and links to articles you might find helpful on my Facebook page and Twitter feed. I’d love to have you follow me there and here on the blog. Thanks!
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