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Monday, December 14, 2009

Looking for a Unique Christmas Gift?

With only only a little over a week left until Christmas, many of us are still scrambling to find that perfect gift. Rather than going out and spending a lot of money on a gift, why not make something that can last for a couple of days or all year long?
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This year I decided to give presents that really mean something. Part of my gifts to my family were actually given out the day after Christmas. I created a personalized advent calendar for each of my family members that would allow them to celebrate a little bit of the holiday season every day in December. For example, my dad enjoys doing puzzles during the winter after work so I purchased a puzzle and filled many of the days with the puzzle pieces, alternating with jokes and candy. For my mom who is an avid gardener, I filled her calendar with garden seeds and coupons for things that we can do together. These coupons included going Christmas shopping or spending a day wine tasting. It may be simple things that I put in their envelopes, but it is something to put a smile on their faces and to remind them that I am thinking about them each day. I also created one for my boyfriend and grandma with things that they enjoy. To create this calendar, I took envelopes and labeled them with the days of the month and filled them with little gifts specific to that individual. When I presented the advent calendar to each person I included a piece of ribbon and clothespins to hang each envelope. The idea is to open an envelope, starting on day one, until you reach the twenty fifth day!
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While it may be too late to create an advent calendar, there are many ideas that you can play off of this idea. What about making a personalized Twelve Days of Christmas gift? Starting on Christmas Day, give them a gift that symbolizes the first day of Christmas (A partridge in a pear tree). Then each following day you can give them a gift to represent the second, third, forth, etc....days Christmas. Or rather than giving a partridge in a pear tree, you could create gifts based on the numbers. One of something on day one, two of something on day two of Christmas until you get to day twelve.
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Do you have a unique gift that you are giving your family? What about something that will bring you closer this coming New Year? If so, we would love to hear your ideas!

2 comments:

lundgren79 said...

This is beautiful! Did you make the envelopes or did you buy them. They are lovely and this is a fabulous idea.

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The one featured in this blog post was created by someone else; however, the one I created was almost identical. I used a various assortment of envelopes.

This year I created one for one of my family members that I wrapped the various gifts in wrapping paper then hung from a mini Christmas Tree.

Happy Holidays!