A long standing ritual I have for Christmas is making gifts for people.
Hubby and I are not religious. For me, Christmas is about sharing love and appreciation with people who are important in our lives.
I discovered about 15 years ago that making gifts with my hands was more meaningful to me (and I hope to the recipients) and gave me great pleasure. I think now, it was also fulfilling an unmet need for exercising my creative ‘muscles’. Even in the years when time and energy were in short supply, it just felt so good to carve out some space to do this.
Sometimes I make ‘fancy’, labour intensive things but more often then not, they are simple things that I think the recipient would enjoy.
Edible, useful, beautiful, indulgent.
Upcycled. Made from scratch with new materials.
Made well ahead of time or quickly at the last moment.
This also means there’s always a little stash of gifts I can delve into when I need one at the last moment during the festive season.
This time of year usually brings me lemons. Sometimes from my tree, often from friends as well. I enjoy seeing what goodies I can transform them into, making sure I keep some for myself. For quality control, of course…
Last year it was lemon sugar hand scrub. I’ll probably make more for different people this year and experiment with using coconut oil rather than extra virgin olive oil.
Before that, Limoncello with Absolut vodka as a base.
Another year I did preserved lemons for adding a Middle Eastern touch to salads and stews.
This year I have a number of 375ml bottles so I think I’ll give lemon cordial a run again. A dash in some soda water with ice and mint (vodka optional) is so refreshing on a hot summer’s afternoon.
I’ll share some of my other Christmas projects in coming weeks.
What sort of things you enjoy making as gifts?