My wish is that something on this little list inspires you today!BRIGHT IDEA:
Here are some of my favorite things:
Here are some of my favorite things:
Find out who in your circle LOVES to read. Find out what they love to read about OR who their favorite author is. Buy a book, wrap it pretty...add a bookmark with the gift or make one!
tea stained bookmarks
print out a famous quote by that author or a favorite line in the book or a picture of the book cover (you can go on line and type in the book/author's name to get that info) or the title of their favorite book...paste it to some nice scrapbook paper or parchment paper and frame it!
Hand Written Cards about (insert name) . In a moment of inspiration I began doing this for friends. Writing about who they are and what they mean to me. A few of these friends have reciprocated this meaningful gesture. Those cards are on my bulletin board or mirror to read over and over to remind myself of who I am - to them and to myself. Our friends really do know us the best! They speak the truth with open hearts!
Purchase a box of gorgeous cards. It's more economical that way. I have found that Barnes and Noble has the most gorgeous box sets of blank cards. Find some quiet time and write about your friend/family member. Use a piece of scrap paper first or type the words on the computer until you express exactly what you mean to say. Then, transfer the words to the card. Include a picture of you and your friend or family member if you have one. Decorate the envelope with ribbon or twine.
I know this will most likely be on everyone's list. We're women, for one. It helps us in our daily lives, for two. We NEED to eat it, three and .... I guess there does not have to be any more reasons.
Wrap a chocolate bar in a pretty doily or towel or small piece of fabric or ladies handkerchief. Instant gift!
Christmas Caroling I LOVE going Christmas caroling. We go every year with our boys' home school group. Before children, we would collect a group of friends and go around the neighborhood. It is one of the warmest gatherings.(usually on the coldest night of the year. brrr!) Every door that welcomes the music of the season is touched. Seeing the faces of the children and the older folks at the door is a sight of light and joy! I wouldn't miss singing out in the snow for the presence that is felt - truly a gift!
Grab a bunch of friends, practice 2 or 3 Christmas songs, pick a night and go sing to your neighbors. Afterwards you can gather at someone's house for cookies & hot cocoa! It's nice to do with a category of friends - all the moms and dads and kids, or all the single friends you have or your girlfriends or guy friends or whoever wants to join in. Usually 2 songs is the limit for folks standing with the door open. Have a third at the ready, for encores!!!!
Live music. In our city we have the delights of the Eastman Theatre and Kilbourn Hall. Many concerts are FREE. OR we visit a coffee house. Make a date with a friend or your honey, sip something warm and listen. It's a wonderful relaxer during the holiday season. During this time of the year, specials are offered at music halls for upcoming performances in January. Get a ticket for the two of you as a gift! Check the local churches in the area, too, for Christmas concerts. Many times these performances are FREE!
OR at our house we'll have an evening of music with our friends. We make some food, invite friends over and JAM! If you're not a musician, play some CD's with holiday music and have a small gathering! Buy a box of ornaments and hand out one to each guest, wrapped in tissue paper, tied with some twine!
For the cooks in our family and circle of friends we make - sugars, salts, peppers, vinegars, oils, sauces, jellies, etc. This year I'm making quite the batch of homemade baking vanilla! It is by far the EASIEST thing I have ever made as a gift!!(And I make LOTS of presents for people!!!)
tutorial to follow in the next day or so!
These are just a few of my favorite things. I hope some of them inspire you to add to your list of gifts! I may be adding to this list as my brain is on overdrive now with ideas. If I do, I will post more here!
I'll be over here a lot this holiday season
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