I also have a husband who is impossible to buy for and has a birthday five days before Christmas, so I have to think of double the present ideas for him for every person in our lives. So that means I send out emails to my brother, my mother, my father, and his various family members, all with different ideas. I told him that I had given away every good present idea I had for him to everyone else this year and as a result he's getting hand-drawn coupons for hugs from me. And maybe some bird seed for his feeder.
So all that is to tell you that now that Halloween is over and I thankfully have no Thanksgiving responsibilities - a trend that I will fight to my death to continue - I've kicked into high gear in terms of the Christmas/birthday season. I always like to do at least a teeny tiny something that's homemade - something about this season makes me want to take multiple trips to Jo Ann's - but nothing so elaborate as to cause stress.
Charlotte is still young enough whereby she's not in any kind of preschool yet, and B spends many of his nights and at least half of every weekend on school-based stuff, so my time for doing anything creative is extremely limited. Therefore, anything I make this year will be exceedingly simple, but even the simple DIY presents are so satisfying and a nice little slap in the face of the icky consumerism of our culture, that they make me very happy.
I took a trip over to the DIY section of Design Sponge, which is a gold mine for modern crafty stuff, to get you some ideas and inspiration for holiday crafty projects:
|Faux Shell Chandelier|
|Vintage Dog Feeder|