Okay, since yesterday was all about 1% frivolity, today I’m going to balance it with Christmas, 99% style. That’s right, 99% of us are on budgets, which means that Christmas is not about expensive jewelry and fancy cars. But really, Christmas isn’t about that stuff anyway. I’d much prefer that someone give me a book that they know I’ll be interested in or something handknit. (Although, I wouldn’t say no to a great pair of shoes, either.)
I know it’s still only October, but Christmas will be here before you know it (two months from today, yo), so why not start thinking now?
Remember my adoration of woolen gnomes? Sue has more in her shop! Get ‘em while you can. I’ve already shopped once this season and have a new clan of gnomes waiting to be placed around Jenworld, and I could very well get in there again and clean out her inventory.
My friend Cassi and her daughter (same age as one of my girls) have their own Etsy shop where they sell jewelry, including gorgeous earrings created with beads they made themselves. So not only is this a woman-owned endeavor, it’s kid-owned too, so I guess that really makes it a womanette-owned business.
I mentioned yesterday that I love giving scarves for Christmas and this year my faves are fringies! J’adore mine and expect that I’ll be getting more before too long, because how can anyone possibly resist these babies? I am seriously loving the red one shown on the right.
Turning away from Etsy and thinking about other gifts…
I’ve mentioned here before that I’m a huge fan of SmartWool socks. I got some for running and I have not had a single blister since I started wearing them. I’ve since bought other styles, including these amazing footies to go under my loafers and ballet flats. SmartWool wicks away sweat when it’s warm and keeps my tootsies toasty when it’s cold. Before we went to Australia and New Zealand, I made sure that the girls and I packed SmartWool socks for our hikes, wet days, and winter camping. After we got home, I bought Pete a couple of pairs too. I’m a BIG fan, so this Christmas some people on my list are going to be seeing some socks under the tree. Yes, the socks are a bit pricey ($14-22/pair), but they last forever and the quality makes them worth the money.
I’m also definitely giving books this year. Actually, every year — books are always on my list. Bonus points if the author is someone local or someone I know.
Or, you could make gifts. I already have and I have more planned. I found two particularly fun projects that need sharing:
Make a scarf out of t-shirts. (Thanks to my gal pal Lisa for sending me that link.) There’s absolutely no sewing involved and it looks like this could be put together in under an hour. I need to see if there’s a spare t-shirt around Jenworld that I can attack with scissors, because I think I need a flouncy cardinal red scarf.
And check out these adorable matchbox monsters. I have a few nephews who might just want one or two or ten.
A number of you told me in the comments yesterday that you make Christmas gifts. I love it. I’d love to hear more about what gifts you buy from local/small businesses and the ones that you have made or will make. Let’s put our heads together and think about the meaningful gifts that we want to give this year.
Disclaimer: I am not employed by any companies mentioned, nor did anyone ask me to review their products. I am totally an independent blogger.