That's the secret to having enough time to gift wrap using recycled materials.
We have some people on our Christmas list who are hard to buy for - elderly parents who don't need more stuff, the quite well off who can buy anything they want for themselves, and some living overseas.
This year I have decided to make part of the gifts myself (as I did last year with homemade Christmas cakes).
I'm going to make pretty jars of this yummy Annabel Langbein antipasto recipe,
|Roasted feta, olives, capsicum, garlic, cherry tomatoes|
(I've just made some with roasted asparagus instead of tomatoes).... and jars of home made orange marmalade
(not the low sugar variety), maybe some rum and raisin truffles
plus some basket-fillers like crackers and nuts, maybe a little pot of sage (which will hopefully have grown big enough by then).
While I was doing my bulk shopping yesterday, there was a woman in buying ingredients to make her Christmas cakes. The shop owner commented - "it's hard to find time to be home long enough to cook a Christmas cake."
That's what makes hand made gifts precious - the gift of time, which a lot of people don't have these days.
My friend Diane has just made five of these lovely rayon kimono gowns for all her family's females. They are so lucky!
Do you have any fabulous ideas for keeping Christmas sane -clever presents, gift wrapping or decor that are eco friendly? I'd love it if you share some.