When I was thirteen the tradition of homemade Christmas was started. I hated it then, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate this tradition. So much so that I have carried it over into my own families traditions. There is nothing that touches the heart like a handwritten letter, a drawing by your child, or someone giving you a gift they created with their talents.
It hasn’t always been perfect. I once hand stitched a blanket for my niece that fell a part. Still, she carried the fabric around for years. We made puddle jumpers for a cousin and they were crushed when an adult attempted to show how much fun they were. These were exceptions and in their own way they stand out as incredible moments our family celebrated.
I love as the holidays grow near and my children retreat to their rooms to finish their project. Sometimes the glue hasn’t been completely dry when they’ve gifted it to me, but what a delight to have a paper ornament from them, created by their own hands. Homemade Christmas is also an amazing discovery of hobbies and talents. Both my sisters are incredible with a sewing machine. They have created beautiful quilts, book bags, and more. My oldest loves music and has written and played me a song for Christmas.
There are so many inexpensive gifts to give. Try it this year–even if it’s a plate of baked goods. The recipient is sure to appreciate the gift far more than anything money can buy.
This holiday season, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas invites you to bring a personal touch back into the season by encouraging you to create DIY holiday gifts for friends and loved ones. Nielsen-Massey believes that, when it comes to holiday gifting, it truly is the thought that counts, and what could be more thoughtful than a handmade gift?
Following are some unique packaging tips to give handmade gifts an extra-special touch:
• Package homemade biscotti, cookies, or even body products in vintage tins or jars. A beautiful container is an additional gift that the recipient can keep long after the handmade gift is gone.
• Instead of using traditional wrapping paper or gift bags, wrap boxes in craft paper and decorate with pens and markers. Wrap jars and bottles in fabric, burlap, or a pretty kitchen towel and secure it with colorful striped baker’s twine.
• Attach a Christmas ornament to the outside of the package in lieu of a traditional gift tag. Ornaments can be treasured for years to come.
• Include a hand-written note or card with the recipe for your gift – it is the gift that keeps on giving!