In an earlier entry I mentioned Christmas gifts–how I was making them, every one, this year, and how it would be dirt cheap. I mean, heartfelt and crafty, not cheap. Did someone say cheap?
Anyway, now that the holiday has come and gone, I can unveil to you my grand scheme for thrifty Christmas success. Here is a complete gift:
That’s what they looked like, packed up and ready to go. The contents of one gift may or may not include one or more or none of the following:
A stack of hand-drawn greeting cards (blank white cards purchased in bulk–years and years ago–and decorated with calligraphy, felt pen illustrations and/or metallic gel pen highlights), attractively wrapped with hemp cord left over from the hemp craze circa 2001.
Origami ornaments. Remember the origami boxes I mentioned several times over the last month (usually in conjunction with Arrested Developement)? They’re super easy to make, and I bet you could come by directions online. I made boxes mostly, though a few stars and snowflakes worked their way in there, and then threaded gold-braided ribbon through ’em and tied a little loop on one end so the whole thing could hang, attractively, from a bough.
Chocolate chip cookies! We can thank Ashley for the most amazing choc. chip recipe ever. These bad boys have uber-dark chocolate, milk chocolate, espresso dark chocolate and sugar-free Belgian chocolate in them instead of plain old Tollhouse (not that there’s anything wrong with Tollhouse). I wrapped them in brown wax paper, tied them hemp and a calligraphied tag, and dropped them in the bag.
As for the wrapping, it’s exactly what it looks like: brown paper lunch bags, with hemp cord and a gift tag. The gift tags were either hand-stamped or (an idea I blatantly stole from Erin–because it’s absolutely brilliant–and therefore take no credit for but will definately use again) cut from leftover Christmas cards. The one shown was one of this year’s cards that was sent to my work by another office. It’s a gorgeous card, and now it lives on in an attractive gift tag.
If you have questions or ideas, I’d love to hear them–especially the ideas. I had a blast making the gifts, and the best part was definately putting each one together for my loved ones. You know, designing cards specifically with my mom in mind, or trying to pick out the ornament that most reminds me of my brother, and so on.
I’m curious to hear what everyone else came up with for fun and thrifty gifts.