Every year instead of buying Christmas presents for my loved ones, I make most of the gifts I give, to varying degrees of success. If you are interested in opting out of the commercialism associated with the holidays, pledge to either buy handmade or make your own gifts. While it's true that most people are less than thrilled with hand-made expressions of devotion (including but not limited to the time I gave everyone DVDs of the Star Wars holiday special, which involved buying it off eBay, borrowing a VCR and computer capable of converting it to a digital medium, and copying it for each person, all of which took forever), don't let that stop you. It's significantly better for the environment, and, as I said before, failure is just part of the process. Eventually I hope to make something that my friends will treasure.
Here are some ideas to get us started:
For the kids
- Felt penguin
- Stuffed bear
- Letters on small canvases that spell their name (Nylonthread did this for Thea one year and it turned out beautifully; also check out her etsy shop for some gorgeous jewelry)
- Mix cds (Does anyone else miss the mix tape as much as I do?)
- Bath bombs