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X'mas gifts anyone?
It's already September!! Handmade or gift cards?
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Date: 9/1/12 6:26 PM

It's September 1st, and I'm starting to think about X'mas gifts...
What is everyone doing for X'mas gifts?

This past few years, I've been sewing for X'mas gifts. Bags/purses for few years, and PJ bottoms last year.
But I'm starting to wonder... Do these people really like them?
Our family is all out of state, so we normally send them the gifts and never get to see if they are actually being used.

I made a PJ bottom for one of my friend, and recently I got an email from her asking how I made it, because it's so comfortable that she always wear it and it's starting to wear out. That was a nice complment.

But I know my DH's family loves shopping, so I don't know if my handmade items are appreciated.
I'm starting to think I should just buy each of them a gift card as my DH always suggests. He thinks I put too much labor into each gifts and end up stressing over it.
I just hate the idea of gift cards... Feels so thoughtless, but in this new generation (even though I'm only in my 30s!) is it more appreciated?

What are your thoughts on X'mas gifts?

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Date: 9/1/12 6:39 PM

Could you create a little drawstring gift bag or mini Christmas stocking to hold a gift card? It personalizes it without involving too much time. The idea comes from the charming, rustic little mini gift bag that my Chico's gift card was in - but an embellished little stocking could be hung on the tree.

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Date: 9/1/12 11:28 PM

You know, I used to spend so much time making gifts, only to be in the same boat as you--not knowing if they were appreciated. I've since realized that my time could be better spent making other things, either things for my home or family members that I was sure would like/appreciate them, that I give a lot more in the way of gift cards or store bought gifts. Let's face it, we don't save money by making gifts. Often they cost more, not even considering our time, to make than to buy.

I have found that the holidays are a little less stressful this way. I made 3 quilts last year, for my daughters and husband, but I knew they would be appreciated. Some people just don't have the same appreciation for hand-made gifts.

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Subject: Xmas gifts anyone? Date: 9/2/12 1:06 PM

I love the gift card-bag idea! I might do that for my DH family. If I get giftcards it reduce the cost of shipping as well...
And I think I will cut down on the list.
I buy gifts to his uncle/aunts but they never even give our kids anything. :(
I know it's all about giving but I'm sure they'll understand.

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Date: 9/2/12 2:10 PM

One thing I have done in the past & may do this year is make envelopes with a stamp on it & nice note card. ...Say like my one friend loves Labrador dogs... she really likes to get envelopes & Labrador is rubber stamped on all the envelopes & they have a stamp for her to use. .... I do not know if this would work with your family... just an idea. ... You can also find nice stickers like with their initial & put that on the envelopes .... or with the envelopes. ............. It does not cost allot to mail them as most of our gift giving is also done by mail. ..........Last time I did this I bought prestamped envelopes at the post office decorated them put a note card for the receiver & sent them off.......... everyone seemed like to them.

No more sewn items for in laws.... I put allot of time & effort into a nice bag for MIL, also one Christmas made her a quilt, hand embroidered pillow cases.... .. items get re-gifted....... nope no more of that....

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Date: 9/2/12 3:14 PM

Last night I wore my Decades of Style wrap

1950's stole

and my sister in law loved it so much she requested I sew one for her for her Christmas present. Mine is in cotton with rayon lining - hers will be in black fleece with a red lining.

So I know at least one present will be appreciated!

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Date: 9/2/12 3:34 PM

tgm and Kittys, I'm so sorry your beautful gifts got regifted. My mouth literally dropped when I read that. I cannot believe someone would do that. Feel free to send those gifts here.

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Date: 9/2/12 6:36 PM

I found one way to ease out of the gift-giving trap was to send something like cookies or candy or a book to the family, with a note that a donation in their honor had been made to _____________[fill in the blank]. Animal lovers get dish towels with dogs and cats on them and notification that a donation was made to their local animal shelter.

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Matthew 25:40 (New International Version)
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'



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Date: 9/2/12 7:15 PM

I'm working on my list for Christmas presents now. We definitely do a combination of handmade and storebought, and it depends on the person, their tastes (and whether I'm sure about their tastes!), and their needs, if I know them.

For example, I have a friend with six children. I usually send something for every member of the family. This year, the kids will be almost 21 (G), 16 (G), 15 (G), almost 14 (G), 7 (B), and almost 6 (B). I could go broke buying them gifts, and I don't know them well enough to know individual preferences, other than favorite colors. I typically send things such as pillowcases, PJ pants, tote bags - things that are practical so that even if they aren't the most exciting gifts the kids get, they'll still be used. I also keep it fairly simple and don't put a lot of money into it (fabrics on sale/clearance/thrift store), because while my friend will tell me that she loves handmade gifts (and she's a sewer herself), she is hit-or-miss on acknowledgements, and her kids are even worse. So I just sort of expect that I probably won't hear how anyone likes anything, though every so often I get some validation like a comment about how the boys' PJ pants no longer fit, but they try to wear them anyway.

For younger kids, I also really like combining a
toy sack with a couple of small storebought toys. My DS#2 has been invited to a lot of birthday parties since he started kindergarten last year, and we just can't afford to spend $20 on each gift. So I've been experimenting with various smaller gifts, and this was one. I'll have him choose 6 or 7 hot wheels cars ($0.97 each at WM) - whatever the kid's age is - and put them inside a toy sack. I actually got a nice note from one kid's mom about how awesome the toy sacks were, which reinforced my thought that these would be appreciated.

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Subject: Xmas gifts anyone? Date: 9/3/12 7:52 PM

I am thisclose to just blowing off Christmas. No little kids in the family & I don't hear from some of these people from one year to the next (even if I send something.) No significant other in the picture.

Maybe I should just do cards, and make something for our equivalent of a church bazaar.

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