There's not a lot I can show about this year's home made gifts but I can talk about my reasons for doing so.
It started out as financial. There's been more than a few Christmas's where the hubby and I were either poor starving college students or just flat out broke. I love Christmas though so this isn't going to deter me. Plus as a quilter I have built up quite the stash of fabric and other crafting supplies. So really I just need to get innovative.
Here are some of the gifts I have made in the past:
Felted wool TARDIS picture I made for my father-in-law (Doctor Who is a big favorite in our family, I really wish I had a picture of this one. I'll have to try when we're back for Christmas. He has it hanging in his office.)
Sunflower pillow for my sister-in-law
Lavender and Flax seed eye pillows (links to the pattern I use as a rough guide, I don't mess around with interfacing but I did make both the pillow and the carrying case)
Personalized Note cards
There's quite a few other things I've made but these are just a few.
So Our financial situation has changed quite a bit. We're by no means rolling in money but both being gainfully employed helps in that department.
This however has not stopped us from continue to try and make most of our gifts. I had a conversation with the hubby last Christmas about as we move forward financially I still want to continue to make gifts.
To me it's just so personal in this day and age of disposable consumerism. Things are getting more and more expensive and less and less durable. I love being able to make things in specific colors or patterns or reference favorite things in pop culture that I may not be able to find otherwise.
Sure it takes extra time and a lot of thinking outside the box but to me it's well worth it.
Do you make Christmas gifts? If you do/have what are some of your favorite things you have made? I would love to hear-I'm always looking for new ideas