Is your tree up yet? Mine is NOT, but my sister is visiting this weekend, and I’m hoping she’ll help. Okay, I’m actually hoping she’ll put it up for me.
This week, I thought we’d talk about Christmas gifts — if you like Amish fiction, then you are probably trying to simplify your life in some way at least some of the time. So how can we simplify Christmas? What sort of gifts can we give that will let people know how much we care, but not break the bank?
I have a few suggestions, and then you can tell me your ideas
1. Crafts. I know that many of us are not “crafty,” and even if we are most crafts require you to have started already. Plus they can be expensive. Here’s an idea from Better Homes and Garden. Pretty simple and I think kids and teens would love this – and you could decorate it for boys or girls. You could do the letter of their first name or their last name or their school mascot!
2. Food. One of my favorite “crafts” is cookies in a jar. Here’s an example from Nestle. You can vary this for the type of cookie you like. The idea is that all the dry ingredients go in the jar. And you can find canning jars at Walmart now, which is nice. What I like about this is you can make a bunch at once, and they come out to be fairly inexpensive. And you know young families today would like to cook homemade cookies, but they’re pulled in a thousand different directions. So save them some time – and make them cookies in a jar.
3. Letters. Have you thought about writing letters to your loved ones? Tell them what you love and admire about them. Tell them what you thought the first time you saw them. Tell them a favorite memory. Letters are so precious, especially in our day and age when most people send emails or texts.
4. Heirloom. Do you have something special that you’ve always wanted a son or daughter to have? Wrap it up and put a note with it telling them why it’s special. My mother gave my niece some items from my dad’s time in the military. My niece treasures those and made a special “grandpa” corner in her house!
So what are some ideas that you have? What simple, inexpensive gifts have you given that people enjoyed? I would love to hear ideas from you.