Gift Giving

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I picked up Martha Stewart’s Holiday Handmade Gifts the other day (Yes, I know it seems like it’s all Marty all the time around here, but really, it’s just been a lot of Martha recently.) At first I was disappointed because I felt like I had seen almost all of the ideas in old issues of Martha Stewart Living (I’m a subscriber, of course). But then on a second examination, I was glad I’d bought it because I never would have taken the time to dig through the back issues I have around my house for ideas.

If you’re anything like me, you love giving gifts, but can’t always think of the perfect thing to get a friend or family member when the time comes. It’s infinitely satisfying to give someone a gift you know they are going to love. However, most of the time, we don’t have the perfect something in mind when the holidays roll around. This year I have grand ambitions to make some of my gifts. I feel like every holiday or birthday I end up getting my family and friends, books, CDs, clothing or little home items. There’s nothing wrong with any of these things, but I’m hoping to up the ante this year with homemade gifts. I was particularly drawn in by the soaps, the toffees and the candied grapefruit peels in the magazine. They all seemed like things that would be easy and affordable to make, but would also make lovely gifts. (Care tells me making soap would be incredibly creepy, so I will stick to the food gifts.) At the very least, a batch of holiday cookies or a personal CD mix can mean a lot more to a friend than another boring vase, or worse still, yet another scented candle.

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