It feels a bit premature with our thermometers here in NC still recording temperatures in the upper 80's and 90's, but I've begun thinking about Christmas gifts. Stephen and I have resolved this year to end the spending free-for-all that seems to happen each winter despite our best intentions and to make all our gifts this time around. That means whatever the mercury says, I need to get crackin'!
My will is strong, but the ideas? Not so much, at least when I consider a couple of the people on my list. My girls are easy. Some matching nightgowns would thrill the older two, and there are countless inspiring project ideas out there for stuffed critters, dolls, doll accessories, and other playthings that would make all three very happy. My friends are easy, too, though I won't disclose here what it is I have in mind for them. (Something involving burnout silk velvet--yummy!)
The hard ones on my list are my two little brothers. They're 8-year old twin boys, waaaaay into the plastic junk from China, thanks very much. So what in the world am I going to make these guys? Maybe a guitar strap for the one who's just started taking lessons? Perhaps some handmade books for drawing? (Thanks to Soulemama for that idea.) If y'all have any suggestions, feel free to send them my way. I always want to give gifts that please the recipient, but when I'm going to the trouble of making that special present--especially if the recipient is a young'un not known (ahem) for their diplomacy--I really want it to be something pleasing. Anyone else out there done any successful handmaking for boys who prefer plastic?