Blogmas 7; What are my favourite handmade presents to give or get?

In past years I have painted presents, heat-etched boxes and decorated plates, mugs, glasses. I have sewn bags, knitted toys and crocheted things. I have made biscotti, tried to create truffles and dreamed about making sloe gin. I decorated Christmas paper one year (pre-children) and had my poor child on a conveyor belt of painting (just one more picture of Thomas, please; you have one last Auntie to delight with it...)

What are my favourite presents to give or get? I have to admit to a fondness for my painted boxes. For a few years I gave every pair of adults a painted box; snowmen, angels, nativity, dogs, whatever suited their personality. Some of these predate the blog and I didn't think to take photos, others I KNOW I have a photo of somewhere but just cannot find.






These are just the ones I could find on my computer. I know I have a couple more; I'll find them and put them on. I love making these boxes because they take time. They make me think about the people I'm making them for, and that can't be bad, can it? I love using a skill that I usually don't have chance to use every day and seeing how I have developed in the medium every year. And  I love keeping my eyes open for a new inspiration; it might come from a Christmas card or a picture online but I love creating a finished product from my own ideas.

Comments

  1. Every year I dream of making sloe gin and every year I forget! I love home made presents - in the past I've given little hampers of jam and chutney and this year I'm in the middle off hats, gloves and dishcloths! I love your boxes - really thoughtful x Jane

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  2. I do like the angel ones. I bet they were very well received, something handmade and with thought behind it.
    Lisa x

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  3. I love your boxes, I bet they're treasured by the people you gave them to. The only gifts I make myself are either knitted or crocheted. I'm in the middle of some gifts at the moment and just hoping I get them finished before the big day.

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  4. What beautiful presents. Everyone that receives them must surely love and treasure them. It is so lovely that you take the time to make things for people, I imagine they love and enjoy them far more than bought things. xx

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