Do you like shopping for gifts? I sure don’t . . . especially during the holiday season!

I love to make my gifts for the people I care about. I am always looking around to see what I might make that would be unique and useful. But with the effort of making the gift personally, my gift receivers know I have put personal thought into doing something to please them.

Most people think they don’t have the time to make gifts, but I make the time on Sundays. I am always a last minute person though. I’m not like a lot of people who start shopping for Christmas in July or making hand knit gifts. I met a great craftsman at a street fair in Martinez who makes filigree jewelry boxes. They are amazing and he sells them for $45. I had him make one for me for my rings. But not everyone uses a jewelry box. I use hangers I make for my necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I customize them and it’s easier for me to see through the clear windows which set I’m looking for for the specific outfit I’m wearing.

You might find a specific thing you are great at making and focus on that or come up with several things so you can make sure the person you are giving the gift to will actually use the gift.

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