The Best Gifts

When it comes to giving gifts, I always follow the rule that “it’s the thought that counts.” I try to make my gifts that are in some way symbolic to each the recipient, which is why I often make gifts, find out personal preferences like favorite colors, and begin brainstorming rather early in the season about what type of gifts I will be giving to my family each year.

Homemade Gifts

Here’s a list of some of the “homemade” gifts we’ve created and given over the years:

Beaded Jewelry

I used to make and sell beaded jewelry, but when it became more of an expensive hobby than business, I chose to design items only for gifts.

Turquoise stone chips with a center turquoise pendant and sterling clasp.

Turquoise stone chips with a center turquoise pendant and sterling clasp.

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Traditions and Memories

What makes the holidays so wonderful?

Is it the gifts? Spending time with family and friends? Going to parties, having feasts, or celebrating with once-a-year treats like sugar cookies and eggnog? There are so many reasons why the holidays bring us so much joy. All of the reasons I’ve listed above are great reasons to look forward to the holidays. But if you look a little closer, what is it about these things that bring us good feelings?

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