Every year I exchange handmade gifts with my brothers and sisters.
We began the whole handmade gift tradition over 10 years ago when we were just starting our families and our creativity far exceeded our wallets. At first we started small with some felt flowers and handmade soap, but over the years the handmade gift exchange has grown to an event of legendary proportions.
These are not your grandmother’s handmade gifts.
No doilies allowed.
Unless they are hand-crocheted from quilt threads that traveled across the west on a covered wagon.
I’m making mine from these.
I can’t tell you what it is because that would ruin the surprise, but just know that there’s a story.
Because just between a story is the icing on the cake with a handmade gift.
But instead of telling me…..let me show you.
Here’s seven handmade gift ideas we have exchanged since I’ve been writing the blog…..
…and the stories that go with them. 🙂
My sister took old letters and transformed them into a book.
The love story is priceless.
My brother took a tree that had so much meaning to our family and…..
….oh wait…..I’m giving away the story.
You can read the rest of it….here.
You won’t believe what my sister made this chalkboard from.
My sister created a thistle from the first 350 words from the blog.
See what I mean?
No doilies allowed.
Here’s an entire nativity that my brother made constructed out of acorns.
This was our entry from last year.
We made arrows for everyone in the family.
It would have been cute to add the distance from our house to theirs, too.
I’ll keep you posted this year and let you know what everyone made for under the tree.
It’s day seven of the twelve days of Christmas.
So let’s shake it up a little with a giveaway.
Just from me to one of you.
Just in case you needed a little extra for your Christmas shopping this year.
I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky reader.
Just enter through the Rafflecopter below and have a very Merry Christmas. 🙂
And here’s today’s Christmas inspiration links from some of my favorite people.