Monday, October 12, 2009
Christmas Gift Giving Inspiration
This magazine is a genius. Well, more properly, Nichole LaRue is a genius. 101 Hip, Handmade Gifts was a special issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine a while back, and it's brilliant.
Basically, LaRue takes the idea of a kit/bucket of related items, all prettily presented in coordinating individual packaging. I've used this idea several times for birthday gifts, but this year, it's the basis of my Christmas gift giving to extended family and friends whom I want to acknowledge with something extra special yet inexpensive. All my craft supplies ought to be good for something.
It doesn't look like back issues of the magazine are available at CK's website (you might find some on the bay), but you can see the downloads here for ideas. I've never used a downloaded image before and am not starting now, but inspiration is inspiration, people. I'll take it from wherever I can!
Over the next few months, I'll be posting my Christmas gift kits. As you already know if you've been reading Simplicity for a while, I generally loathe mass production so there will be lots of different ideas and variations on a theme, and I hope you find something you can put to good use for this holiday season or include in your plan for next year!
A few kits I'm considering include:
Christmas decorations/tags/checklists (definitely doing some of these)
Reader kit (bookmarks, book plates, tea, gift card holder, post-it flags)
Coffee/cocoa party kit (individual servings and accessories, shortbread)
S'mores in winter kit (all ingredients with instructions for making them in the microwave...great kid idea)
Holiday Treat Box (holiday candy and other eatables, individually packaged--esp. for G's grandmother in assisted living)
Writer kit (blank books made with BIA, pencils, sharpener, etc.)
I'm making the kits that have to be mailed small enough to fit into a small Priority Mail Box. Since all of our family and most of our friends are far away, our postage budget at the holidays can get outrageous. Keeping the kits small should allow me to keep postal spending reasonable.
Part of Simplicity is keeping things organized. On the one hand, making all these personalized kits may seem crazy. But with good organization and planning, this undertaking will be manageable.
We'll see if I'm so optimistic by the first week of December.
If you have any ideas for kits, feel free to share them in the comments on this post. What a wonderful resource the comments will be if everyone throws in their $0.02!