Style Points: Creative Gift Guidelines

For those of us who are planning ahead, shopping season probably began a month ago. However, I am just starting to realize that there are only about 49 days until Christmas.

In an attempt to do something a little different this year, I introduced the idea of a handmade Christmas to my children. In one case, I received a lukewarm response, where my daughter poetically noted that many things are not able to be made by hand. (read: the stuff she wants) In my son's case, I received a smirk; as if to say "Mom can't be serious."

Yes she can.

I am determined that we mark this season with some creativity and artistic living. But in everyone's best interests, I've modified my original idea a bit, and come up with some new gift-giving guidelines. And here they are:

  1. We will endeavor to make at least one gift for every recipient on our list;
  2. These handmade gifts should in some way support the dreams or goals of the receiver; and
  3. These gifts will be wrapped exquisitely. The wrapping paper, card, or tag should tell a story. The storyline is up to the giver, but can include how it was made, how you felt while you made it or why the recipient was chosen to receive the gift.

So that's pretty simple - just three guidelines.

For gifts that are not made by hand, I have chosen to support other artists. I have started shopping at If you haven't discovered this gem of a website, I think you will be pleasantly surprised on your first visit.

In the coming days and weeks, I will share my handmade gift photos with you, so keep reading, and

Be Creative!



Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful idea that I will share with my family. Hopefilly everyone in my family will participate in it. Thank you for the inspiration and I hope to see more ideas from the artistic lifestyling crew.

Sann said...

I shop at Etsy quite a bit. I even have an RSS set up for handbags! I am a knitter so I love handmade gifts and such.

Lise Richards said...

Hi Sann!

Nice to hear from you again. I was thinking of trying a scarf and hat set for someone. I know how to crochet, but knitting - well that's another story. Can you recommend a book or local class?