Remember when you were a kid and you made gifts for everyone in your family all the time? It was your go-to way of showing your friends and family how much you loved them. As a parent with 2 young kids, I don’t have enough space to manage all the gifts they make us seemingly every day.
When our kids give us a gift they made they experience such a feeling of pride and accomplishment. And we as parents feel special and appreciated. It’s a beautiful cycle and we appreciate not just the gifts but the fact that our kids gave us their most precious resources – their time and energy.
That’s why homemade gifts are so magical.
We’ve become so fixated on buying gifts that it feels like the only way we can give value is by spending money. But if you think about it – money can be replaced over and over but our time and energy can never be reclaimed.
Why are homemade gifts special?
They’re completely original – even if you follow a tutorial or pattern the work is completely your own and unique to your skills and abilities.
They’re accessible to anyone – you don’t need to have money to give homemade gifts. Spending money on gifts doesn’t equal more value. Giving gifts shouldn’t be a class separation.
They’re usually eco-friendly – many times we choose to make gifts with materials we already have which makes creating them an eco-friendly alternative than buying something completely new.
They’re purposeful work – purposeful work is when you are driven by your desire to accomplish or create something with real meaning. Purposeful work can enhance our productivity and strengthen our values. So by making holiday gifts for your friends and family you are working towards a goal and have a purpose until the work is complete.
They’re customizable – you can create completely customized gifts for family and friends that they wouldn’t be able to buy anywhere else.
They’re made with love – homemade gifts are overflowing with love by the creator. All the imperfections and details make the item special.
I challenge you to create homemade gifts this year for the holiday. And express how much your loved ones mean to you by giving them your time and energy.