It’s that time of year again.

You know.

The one where I encourage all of you to make your holidays a little more handmade and talk about one of my favorite Christmas traditions.

Handmade gifts.

Whenever I say that our family exchanges gifts we make ourselves, people sigh and exchange glances.

Handmade gifts, they say. Bless your heart.

I say nothing.

I just smile to myself.

If only they knew.

Around here people take handmade gift giving to an entirely different level.

I know, right?  If you have read this blog through Christmas before, you are nodding with me.

To celebrate the season are some of my favorite handmade gift ideas and a little encouragement to start your own handmade gift tradition.

Here’s to a handmade holiday.

A felted book cover that looks like your book

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peace-ornament

These easy and inexpensive handmade gift ideas

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Routed Logo on Wine Barrel

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Book page sculptures on a book

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A silver sugar bowl lid tree

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Thistle picture created with words from the blog

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hand-carved wooden bowl from tree

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Handmade Chinese Checkers game

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wooden box person

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Star cut and folded from old maps

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book created from old love letters

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Linen scrap pillow of house

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Acorn Nativity

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How to make a scratch and letter chalkboard

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 A DIY Pallet Wood Clock

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DIY wooden arrow

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Love Letters From Thistlewood

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Of all the handmade presents—this one is my favorite.

Because it’s not from a brother or a sister or a mother.

It’s from my son.

It’s amazing to watch as the tradition continues.

Here’s to the next generation of handmade present givers. 🙂

PS  I can’t WAIT to show you what I’m making this year.

PPS  When I was researching the blog for this post, I found this cute story from our family Christmas Eve last year.

PPPS  I wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  I feel like it’s getting a little lost this year. 🙂

Comments

  1. Image for Sue Sondker Sue Sondker

    I agree. Homemade gifts, no matter what are treasures. This year I am making salt shaker Angels. I have saved all of my treasures from years past and relive the thoughts of those times when displaying them. Thank you for your kindness and giving heart.

  2. Image for beverlee lyons beverlee lyons

    I love your posts. All of them. In fact, I only have two bloggers that I read now. Thank you for staying who you were when I first loved you. NOW>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>I have always been so happy to see the gifts. My very favorite! It is always what I look forward to, and sometimes you make us wait, but I love the creativity of your family. Thank you.

  3. Image for Lenore Lenore

    Many years ago, I went to a co-workers house around Christmas time. What their family did was to make incredible gift boxes that they reused every year. I mean the box was EVERYTHING. They had amazing things, boxes that they shaped into trees, toy soldiers, santas, sleighs, anything they could think of and it was made so that you could lift the lid and not disturb the package and then they would pack it away for the next year when they each added another one to it. I have never seen anything like it since.

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    I think that there is more love and thought wrapped up (pun intended) in handmade gifts. Maybe we as receivers need to open our eyes and see the beauty of the giver's heart rather than focusing on what we receive.

  5. Image for Cecilia E Cecilia E

    Color me crazy. I was flipping through your previous posts, because I wasn’t a follower of your blog until I read your book earlier this year. I loved your book and your blogs because you are sooo REAL! I rate you right up there with Joanna Gaines, well, cuz I just LOVE her and her values!! Anyway, I came across your post about your Balsam Hill Christmas tree and the help you had from your kids because your living room was such a mess from your move to the new old house last year. I went to Balsam Hill online, and well their trees are 40% off and FREE shipping until midnight tonight, so I bought one!! I am sooo excited, because I downsized about 7 years ago and have only had a 1.5 ft tree since then. Your posts have put me in the spirit of the season (you and Hallmark Christmas movies, of course) so I bit the candy cane and ordered myself a tree! Thank you KariAnne for your posts, and your realness, and for sharing your life with us! You are such a blessing to me and I appreciate you so much!

  6. Image for Mildred Mildred

    Would/Could your sister PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do a tutorial for the silver sugar lid tree? I soooooo want one of these. A Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  7. Image for Debbie Esparza Debbie Esparza

    Kari, you and your family are amazingly talented! If only they knew! I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Image for Pat Pat

    Yep, handmade gifts on an entirely different level, ahhhmazing! And the Love stories from Thistlewood Farm is priceless, Happy a Thanksgiving lovely lady. xo Pat

  9. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    Some of my very favorite gifts were handmade by dear friends, and I cherish them. Sometimes when I make a handmade gift I fight the urge to think it doesn't look like enough. But of course so much of the "value" is in the fact that it's hand crafted. We just don't have any control over whether the recipient will think so, too! Nice to find online friends who share the appreciation of handmade gifts!

  10. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    Thanksgiving does get lost, but I am so thankful for everything!!! Now on to my story...When I was young I was the oldest of six girls and of course, the younger ones had no money so we made things for Christmas. I think that it is an honorable tradition when there is talent in the family (as in mine) as anyone can buy, but few can make!!!

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