I love craft projects (dioramas, hot glue and glitter), so the holidays are fun and somewhat messy around here. All to the good! And my new craft addiction is to fold over elastic. I like the colors, I like making hair ties and headbands and luckily, other people like them, too, or I would have a ton of FOE in my house. I am going to use them as ribbon ties for presents, too – maybe I did overbuy…
So, this year in addition to construction paper chains, strings of popcorn, chocolate kiss trees and mod podge-ing some cute containers for baked goods (sugar cookies and vanilla bread are our go-to recipes), we also upping the cute factor on presents we give. Why? Because it’s fun to do, a great way to express yourself and makes the gift even more special.
Not feeling the crafty love? The Container Store has a fantastic wrapping center with pre-made tags and bows and even a how-to guide for Gorgeous Gift Presentation.
The 12 Days of Shopping
Dec 1: Make Your Own Gifts Granola, Day 1 of 12 Days of Shopping – Granola versus Homemade and Personal – Granola from Flour and Barefoot Contessa.
Dec 2: Kids Arts and Crafts (ModPodge versus Clove Fruit)
Dec 3: Personalized Gifts (Fancy Address Stampers versus Pretty Papers Giveaway)
Dec 4: Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom
Dec 5: Tutors/Teachers
Dec 6: High Tech/Low Tech
Dec 7: Hostess/Gifts That Give Back
Dec 8: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer, etc. (a.k.a. who else did I forget?) and Emily Post’s Etiquette on this subject.
Dec 9: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List); Capability:Mom Husband/Wife
Dec 10: Dog/Cat
Dec 11: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store
Dec 12: ‘Cause I Am So Together, Last Minute Home Made Gifts: Cookies & Personalized Holiday Tags