But it's only August!!! I hear you all cry at the computer. And I feel exactly the same. I hate it when the supermarkets begin to stock their festive ranges in August and, on a recent trip to a local crafty/homeware/vistor attraction, was riled to see them announcing the arrival of a mystery man (the display consisted of a dressed up mannequin, wearing a red suit surrounded by wrapped up boxes and snow sporting a large cardboard box with a question mark on it! Can you guess who it is?!)
Now don't get me wrong, I am no grinch and I absolutley LOVE Christmas, but I like it to start in December and be 4 weeks of excited preparation.
However, when you have handmade goodies to make for gifts, you need a little bit more that 4 weeks to make it all. And so this week I started to think about who I was, and wasn't, going to be handmaking gifts for this year and what I was going to be making. I have narrowed down my decision making to three key questions to ask yourself when handmaking gifts for Christmas.
|Box with Gift courtesy of Robo Android on Flickr|
1) Will the recipient appreciate it?
I am not going to spend my time knitting/crocheting/sewing for someone who doesn't really appreciate it. Now this doesn't make them a bad person, it just means they don't get it! For example Mr Bunny actually said to me yesterday 'I don't want any handmade stuff for Christmas!' He is very supportive of my crafting and can see that lots of people appreciate it but, he doesn't want. So therefore, Mr Bunny and a few other people will be getting money for Christmas this year.
|Clock courtesy of wiwin.wr on Flickr|
2) How much time have you got?
I am knitting one scarf for Christmas this year and I have already cast it on. I know that it will probably take me until Christmas to complete it so I have started it now. Most other people are going to be getting small, quick items probably knitted or crocheted. Mitts and hats are great for this as they knit/crochet up quickly.
|Money courtesy of Community Friend on Flickr|
3) How much will it cost?
For me, this is an important factor. I do not have, as Mr Bunny often reminds me, a £50 tree in the back yard (although I wish I did). So I don't want my gifts to cost too much in money. By making smaller items, such as mitts and hats, you can afford to invest in a nicer ball of yarn as you won't need as many!
I have indeed asked myself these three questions and have drawn up a list of recipients, gifts and in some cases yarn (a good excuse for a yarn destash!) that I will be using. Some may say my list is a bit ambitious and I do have a backup plan if I run out of time (Gift vouchers are wonderful aren't they?!) but I am determined to get these made and the sooner so what am I still doing here? I have Christmas presents to make!