|This is a 'page' from an album of my niece's life: I give her Mum a handful of 'pages' each Christmas|
Add to that: a handful of these persons have birthdays between now and Christmas too - it would be really easy to cave in and just buy something.
Add to that: the inescapable feeling that giving a handmade gift is probably only fully appreciated by people who hand make themselves. It might feel a bit 'cheap', although I know it's not.
Add to that: have you seen the list of people I've decided to erm, 'bless' with a home made gift this Christmas? It's, well, ambitious.
Add to that: I've seen several tickers on other blogs that count down the days. I could so easily wind myself up into a hysterical fat blob.
Instead, I thought I'd share my coping mechanism:
1. Make, whilst in the mood, whilst the going is good.
2. Make and finish one thing at a time..midnight on the 24th December is not a time reserved for frantic finishing and crappy wrapping. No, it ISN'T.
3. Set a reasonable, seasonal deadline to finish the makes. Mine is December 15. Then, I shall gracefully (!) accept if I've failed to finish and trot out to buy gifts where needed, and still have time to wrap them.
4. Do not get silly about this. Do not make loads of stuff and then lose your nerve and decide against giving any of it away. To this end, I recommend wrapping as soon as possible after finishing!
So how does that sound - my manifesto? Simple and workable. I hope. I intend. It's safe to share here because most intended recipients aren't blog readers. Don't actually hold your breath, but you know - watch this space. I'll not be able to resist showing off if the going remains good!