Credit Crunch Your Christmas With Inexpensive Handmade, But Priceless Gifts
Let’s face it. Christmas shopping can get expensive, especially if you have a large circle of family and friends. But there are things you can do to save money and still give them priceless gifts. For all we know, we are already expecting that more people will increase their worries on how to afford to purchase all the presents they need to buy.
We don’t need to buy the most expensive gifts from shopping centers. People don’t appreciate gifts because of its money value but because of its moral value. Your thoughtfulness counts more than your generosity. Why don’t you try to think of a gift that will really worth its value which is based from your creativity, patience and thoughtfulness.
Like this one example, last year a man bought a present for his brother. He spent thousands of dollars to buy a gadget as a Christmas present. On the other hand their mother stitched a picture of their family dog and framed it. She gave it to her sons as their Christmas present. It probably took her several days to finish the stitching. The cost of materials is just cheap but the cost of her effort is breathtaking. His brother mentioned that their mother’s gift was his most cherished gift that year. The frame was displayed in their lounge while the gadget is just lying down in some dusty place.
A handmade item usually is very special. Buying something new and modern is exciting. But we want our gifts to stand out. A handmade item can often remind the recipient of something from their past. Or even recreate that item. Does your sister remember the hand-embroidered towels that hung in your grandmother’s kitchen when the two of you would go visit? Wouldn’t she love receiving similar towels with hand embroidery on them? If you remember the design on the towels, you may be able to find a similar design online or draw it yourself. Most people really like reminders of the past and of childhood. A handmade item can provide that connection and kindle a memory.
Going shopping and looking for a gift is certainly time-consuming for the giver, but the recipient might see it as an item he can go buy himself. A handmade gift will be treasured for the time that the giver put into it making it. Dad can easily buy himself as many coffee mugs as he wants, but when his son goes to a pottery place and takes time to make a mug himself, then the time he spent doing something for his Dad is captured in that mug. Time creating has different meaning compared to time shopping.
A handmade item is more memorable, often because a story is attached to it. Which would have a story attached to it, a store bought scarf or a handmade scarf? Obviously the more memorable of those two is the handmade scarf. So it is with most handmade gifts. When someone compliments you on the gift, instead of saying just thanks, or “my mom gave it to me” you can say with pride, “thanks, my mother made it.” And each time you use or see the handmade gift, you can remember that again.
Handmade items make excellent gifts for the people we want to appreciate. They can remind them of pleasant times, they will be treasured for the time spent making them, though most of the time they’re cheap yet they will be very memorable.