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It’s Never Too Early to Start on Your Homemade Holiday Gifts

It’s Never Too Early to Start on Your Homemade Holiday Gifts
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By: John Glover (MBA)

Summertime is here and the holidays might be the farthest thing from your mind. But the reality is that winter is only a few months away, so it’s never too early to get started on your holiday shopping, for those who celebrate. The year is already flying by and everyone is so busy these days. When November and December roll around, you will be happy that you decided to get a head start.

The holiday season can be very stressful for people, and a lot of that has to do with finding time to shop for your loved ones. Starting your shopping now can help ease your mind and take away some of the holiday stress. Studies show that 53% of people who buy gifts are feeling overwhelmed. It’s the most wonderful time of year, and it’s not meant to cause you mental health issues. Practice self care now by planning out who you need to shop for, what they might like and then put that into action. Thinking about gifts now will give you more time to really enjoy what the season is all about. 

It’s the season of giving after all, so maybe this year think of a way to show the people in your life that you love them with a homemade gift. No matter what craft you decide or what skill level you are at, taking the time to make something from the heart can touch those around you. Don’t get me wrong, shopping for a gift in-store or online is still special, but a homemade gift adds a personal touch that can sometimes get lost through commercialism. 

Both quilting and crocheting are great ideas for gifts this year. Making a blanket is the perfect way to show someone you care, while keeping them warm and cozy during the winter months. You can personalize it with their favorite colors or make it match the aesthetic of their home. Taking the time to make something by hand, helps spread the holiday cheer. 

“When people think of a quilt, they may think of a mix of childhood t-shirts, or memories of their grandparents, or maybe even cultural artforms. Some of my favorite quilts include baby shower gifts from relatives, graduation presents for seniors, or art displayed proudly on buildings. “Quilting can serve many purposes, but the stories that are told through the stitches are the true seams of the craft. Through our fabric choices, patterns, and purposes we tell our stories and leave lasting impressions,” says Corey Pearson, Master Quilter and VP of Customer Success at Linda’s.

Not only does quilting show someone that you care for them, but it is something that can last a lifetime. A handmade gift holds feelings and memories that might not always be said out loud. The saying “actions speak louder than words” is true for many people, and perhaps a homemade gift can relay a message that comes from the heart. This type of gift can also be passed down from generation to generation, marking your spot in history. Words can sometimes get lost in translation, but a homemade gift is a record that will never be forgotten. 

As the summer heats up, it’s never too early to get started on your holiday gift planning. By starting now you are saving yourself precious time in the future, and gives you an opportunity to make something from the heart. The holiday season is the perfect time to get creative and show your loved ones how much they mean to you. Your crafting skills are a gift in itself, so why not display it under the tree?

Published by: Nelly Chavez

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