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Why Crafts Are Still A Wonderful Holiday Gift Idea

Why Crafts Are Still A Wonderful Holiday Gift Idea

Whether it is a birthday, an anniversary or even a federal holiday, the number one thing on everyone’s mind is: what on earth am I going to give away this year? Most of us when trying to figure out our holiday gift idea first think of how much money we have, and what that money can buy. Yet a few of us out there start to see all sorts of possibilities of what we can make to give our special someone(s) that is sure to be cherished more than a store-bought item.

The first type of person looking for a crafty holiday gift idea is what I like to call the needle worker. Needle workers enjoying sewing, embroidery, or other such needle arts. Depending on the occasion, they may choose something small, such as sewing napkins and potholders or cross-stitching a magnet or a small, simple picture or a key-chain. For occasions that require a bit more, embroidering a larger picture or sewing a cherished item like a handbag or bath robe are great holiday gift ideas.

The next crafter are those who knit or crochet. Holiday gift ideas that a quick and inexpensive would include, but are not limited to, winter hats, scarves, gloves and/or mittens. A more intimate gift would be a poncho or slippers. However, for those who have the time and want to give a larger gift, afghans are the way to go. With all the different ways one can incorporate color, texture, and different designs into their afghans, the holiday gift idea is sure to be cherished for many years.

Besides the crafting arts considered more on the feminine side, there are also those holiday gift seekers who are into woodworking. Some examples they may come up with are small picture frames, carving a small statue of something their friend or family member would be quite fond of, such as fish, birds or even a caricature of themselves. Larger projects for holiday gift ideas would be creating a headboard for a child’s bed, a jewelry box for the wife, or even a spice rack for the cooking enthusiast.

Tangents of woodworking would be wood-burning and basket-weaving. Wood-burning may not seem like such a great holiday gift idea, but when you receive your name or favorite saying as a sign you can display, you realize how personal the gift truly is. And we all know that gift baskets are always a crowd favorite when it comes to holiday gift ideas – but how many people can truly say that the basket itself was made specifically just for them?

One last crafting area I would like to offer as holiday gift ideas: The painting arts. These arts include such things as oil and water-based canvas paintings. Having an art piece creating by an endearing friend is sure to be passed down in the family, and the painting will always be worth much more than any mere price tag due to the love put into it. Yet another painting art would be airbrushing. A still hot holiday gift idea is airbrushed T-shirts, and when one is created by someone you know, it feels just a little better when wearing it.

The point to all these options is this: taking the time to make something for someone else will always beat out anything that is merely bought. It may not always appear that way at first, but over time the gifts that leave the most lasting impression are those made for us by those who loved us enough to make their very best holiday gift ideas for us.

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This Holiday Gift Something Special | Give The Gift Of A Star

This Holiday Gift Something Special | Give The Gift Of A Star

It’s that time of year again. Valentines Day is fast approaching and you are at a loss as to what to get for the love of your life. You have already learned the hard way that Valentines Day is NOT the time to buy her a frying pan or a vacuum cleaner, but what can you do to show her just how special you think she is? Candy? Boring! Flowers? Nah! Perfume? Not again.

What you want is something special and clever and unexpected. Take a look on line and you’ll find that there are dozens of companies out there that for a fee will be happy to help you out by naming a star after your beloved. Those fees range anywhere from twenty-five dollars up to over a hundred dollars,

In return for your hard earned money you will receive anything from a simple piece of paper showing that you named a star in her honor to elaborate maps and certificates some even come framed.

The gesture is sweet. It’s not your every day ordinary gift. It paves the way to other gifts, like a nice telescope (all the better to see her star!) It clears the way to a romantic evening sitting on the balcony with soft music in the background sipping wine and gazing up at “her” star.

Stars have been named by Hollywood celebrities for their significant others; they have been named in memory of loved ones and heroes lost. They have been named for parents, children, favorite teachers and even pets.

However, before you decide this is the perfect gift you need to understand one thing – it is a novelty gift. It is not going to be recognized by any official organization and there is nothing stopping twenty other companies from naming that same star for dozens of other people.

There is not going to be an official book anywhere that has an entry of your star, its location and its name. That is not to say that some of the sites don’t actually keep a record of the stars they “name” and publish their own “book”. Just that it isn’t officially recognized by any astronomer’s organization anywhere.

At best some of the more ethical websites do state that it is a novelty gift, but not too many explain that by novelty they mean it isn’t in any way shape or form official. None of the sites will tell you that only the International Astronomical Union can officially name stars and other objects in space and with the exception of a small number of extremely bright stars they are all given numbers not names. Many of the sites work very hard to make naming a star sound like a bona fide, official actual entry into a log of all the stars.

That is not to say it isn’t still a clever gift that can be appreciated and enjoyed, particularly if the recipient happens to have an interest in astrology or just enjoys an excuse to curl up with a glass of wine and do a little star-gazing with the love of her life. Just know what you are and are not buying.

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