I don’t know about you, but about 3 months before Christmas, something inside me starts ticking. I feel an urgency to get planning, budgeting and making for the upcoming holidays. This year was no different, my internal holiday clock is ticking away and I’m determined to stay on top of things and not let it stress me out. I’ve done pretty good the last two years, getting things done early so I can thoroughly enjoy December and all the joy and merriment it brings.
And this year … I’m going “Handmade for the Holidays.” Okay so there are some gifts this won’t work for, but for the most part, this is the direction I’m headed for several reasons. One is that I have a great appreciation for home artisans (oh the talent to be found on Etsy) and would love to share some of their talent with my gift recipients. I also know I really love it when I get a handmade gift. I know the thought, time and energy that goes into making a gift and means a lot … I hope that when I give a handmade gift that is the sentiment the recipient feels too! And this year, I’m getting Matt in on this too … after all he’s got quite a bit of creative talent we can share with others too! And while handmade gifts take much more time than a purchased gift, they do tend to be more cost effective which for our family (and I’m sure many others) is very important right now.
So my question for you is … have you started your shopping? Do you plan to do any handmade giving (whether by yourself or via other artisans)? Are you thinking of ways to cut your Christmas budget? What would be a good incentive “to buy early”?
Just wanting to know what you all are thinking about the holiday gift giving. I’ll be back tomorrow to share my holiday schedule for Knitty Bitties as well as some information about inventory and of course some pictures of my latest creations.