Fall definitely ushers in the start of the holiday season and thoughts of gift giving begin taking shape in my mind. I start a list with everyone’s name and make a plan to either create something special or buy a meaningful gift for each person listed. This can be a very exciting task and it is a good idea to start early; especially if you plan to create a gift from scratch. Last year I made embroidered name pillows for nine little recipients and I was spinning the needle right up to the last minute! This year I have ordered 10 wooden name keychains from DustyNewt Keychains as part of my special gifts to give. The planning has begun!
The gifts you create yourself are from the heart and hold a deeper meaning that can be felt throughout the years. Some gifts though don’t make it through the years such as gifts of food – either from your own garden or baked up in the kitchen. Everyone loves to receive a basket full of canned goods or a special box of cookies or candy made especially by you!
A little tag attached letting them know it was made by you is great and an easy decoration.
Kitchen Baking tags can be purchased here
When you plan your garden for next year make sure to plant a few extra plants for canning and gift giving. Canned tomatoes, jams, peppers and garlic are great choices. Garlic oil and vinegars are easy to make and super gifts for the cook on your list or as a hostess gift when you attend all your holiday parties.
I have created a feature called a Linky on one of the pages on my website where you can add a link of your own if you sell handmade gifts. Every few weeks the theme will change so make sure to bookmark it and check back.
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