Winter Solstice is a great time to gather around with family and celebrate the longest day of the year.
My house has had a tradition for the past few years where we exchange home-made gifts at Yule, then the store-bought ones on Christmas. It’s a really fun way to be creative and show your loved one you care. By putting effort into their gift and making it yourself (although we have loose guidelines for that) you can demonstrate how well you know your partner/family/friends and how you feel like they are worth the effort to make something for them.Nothing says #ILoveYou more than a #homemade #present! Click To Tweet
Our guidelines are loose, you have to put effort into making it, but there is no budget and you can be creative on how you choose to interpret “making” it.
I have got some really creative gifts over the past few years from my husband and I love how he tries to do something in his skill base. For example, one year he used his computer (he is a Software Engineer) to make a picture of our dog, Salsa, going down a waterfall in a kayak. I thought it was super cute and a really creative gift.
Other easy ideas to do for your partner spouse:
- Coupons (seriously home-made coupons are the best, include things that you are good at: make a favourite recipe, help with a computer issue, give them free time, etc.).
- Go to a ceramic painting place (with friends, make it a girls night too!) paint them a bowl, mug, Hulk candy jar, etc.
- Don’t overlook photo gifts! A photo calendar, photo mug, Christmas ornament, photo book, tons of great things to make them with your favourite pictures so they can have a great keepsake.
- Bake them something! I made my hubby Nutella Vodka last year and it was awesome! Fudge, their favourite meal, baked good, etc.
- Or you can always make a gift basket or put together a date night.
This is supposed to be fun, not stressful, come up with whatever you can. It is more about the effort and thought that you put into it rather than the actual gift itself.Exchanging #homemadegifts is such a great #holidaytradition and a perfect way to show someone you care. Click To Tweet
For the presents for the little ones I keep it more homemade and basic. Some of the things I make for them:
- I made sensory bags and bottles when Bee was a baby.
- I compiled a photo collage in a frame of all the babies in the family for Bee to look at when she was a baby, you know how babies love looking at other babies. She still likes to look at it.
- I made her a board book with pictures of everyone in her family, she loved looking at Grandma and Nanny.
- Chewlery, necklaces or tethers.
- Clothes, such as a skirt, cloak or pj’s if you are a sewer.
- Quiet book or bags.
For Bee this year I made her a photobook from Shutterfly of the Pagan Alphabet, each letter I put pictures of pagan-related things that correspond. She is super into the alphabet and learning the letters so I think she will like it.
For Po he is moving into his own room soon and my husband wanted an Avengers Superhero theme, so I had Po help me make a handprint canvas for his room and then painted it into Avengers (check out my updates on Po’s Superhero room and DIY decorations in the new year).
The kids can help make Daddy:
- A card.
- A painting.
- Baked goods.
- Sing a song
Again, it’s the thought and effort that count, the objective is to show someone you care by using your creativity and time to make them something to show them they are worth the effort.
What kinds of things do you like to make and/or receive as a home-made gift? Please tell me in the comments below. I am always looking for new ideas.