I haven’t told my family yet that we’re not headed back to the southwest for the holidays. We didn’t go last year either, though I did spend a couple of weeks there this summer when I had Lasik surgery. Why? It’s expensive, tiring, and I don’t want to leave the dog. Seriously, I’m that person – but he has a heart condition, is on the last year of the time we expect him to live, and has a really hard time in the winter. I’m convinced this might be the winter we lose him, and I’d hate to be out of town when that happens.
We’re snuggling right now, actually.
On to more upbeat topics – holiday gifts! Last year I made quilts for everyone, a semi-fun but very time-intensive and costly undertaking. I’m not even sure people use the things I made for them, so I’m not doing it again.
Options I considered:
– Making pajama pants for everyone. Fun! Special! Hard to get right. That inseam thing really is a bear. I’ve now made myself two pairs – one too wide and one without enough room for my butt. So, this gets crossed off the list.
– “Care packages” for each person. My ex-MIL used to send the best gift packages with carefully selected little things that she knew you liked. One year I got boxes of hot candies of all kinds, a pin cushion, a pair of new craft scissors, and a scarf. Perfect! So I could include a “not a paper cup” mug, little quilted cup cozy, package of specialty teas, and a tea ball for my SIL. For my sister, a variety of lip glosses and eye shadows, a little makeup bag, “not a paper cup” mug and dog treats for her cute dog. Very fun to do, but will also be time-intensive.
– I Am Not a Paper Cup mugs for everyone! Seriously, I adore mine. And maybe a mug cozy (you know, the things you use in place of a cardboard sleeve) for each person, too. And tea? Okay, now I’m projecting, but who doesn’t love tea, right?
– Some mix of the above – pajama pants (purchased) and not a paper cup mugs for the non-parents, something sleep-related but not pajama pants for the parents?
I like to have themes for my gift-buying for some reason. How do you do holiday gift-buying?