The years ending with ‘0’ have always been deemed a ‘big year’. (with the exception of turning 21). It’s the end of a decade; a chance to look back at your achievements and look forward with high hopes and expectations.
As a child, I had always done special things for my Mom on holidays, but Mother’s Day was always very special for our family. Our family would proudly accompany mom to church that morning, as she wore her corsage we had bought for her. My brother and I would make handmade handmade gifts in Sunday School and present them to her when we all arrived at a near-by restaurant for lunch after church. She always looked so beautiful to me! I was always so delighted to honor her in such ways.
With money and prestige out of the picture, what would motivate someone to succeed in a particular line of work? And how in the world would they define success? As I think about living with flair, and in particular, working with flair, I wonder what to be ambitious for. Is it to serve others well, to advance knowledge in my particular field, to love every coworker, to build community in that workplace, to think about a mission to create beauty, order, or healing somewhere? Is it to fight for injustice or to awaken spirituality? Is it to provide for my family? It is to work with excellence, to the best of my ability? Or is it because I must do it because of a calling–because I’m made to do it–regardless of how my gifts are received or if they do anything?
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to make their gift special. You can give them beautiful handmade gifts for close to free, or spend still under $50.00 for a substantial gift that they can really use. Whatever you get them, remember to think about what they could really use. If you give a gift that has a practical or sentimental use, you can be assured that it will be appreciated for years to come.
The fiber content and care of the yarn can be harder to match, and yet they’re both important to the success of your project. For example, some fibers absorb water better than others. If you’re making a winter hat, combining a yarn made of cotton (which is very absorbent) with one of wool (which isn’t) may not be a good idea. The cotton will absorb the water from melted snow, getting heavier and colder – which won’t help the person wearing the hat stay warm. On the other hand, a hat made of wool and silk, or wool and mohair, will stay warm for a long time.
What a handmade gifts decade the Duchess of Cambridge had. Her twenties saw her date her prince charming, finish university with an MA in Arts History and become a Princess and the future queen of England.
When everyone else is planning their Thanksgiving holiday, you could be smart and begin your plan for getting Christmas together. This will help you to have a much more relaxed time when the crunch for Christmas really heats up. There are some things that you can get done early so that you are not running around in the crowds like the rest of the world.
When personalizing Xmas gifts for men, if the recipient loves to fish then think about adding to the tee shirt a black and white picture of a fishing expedition where he landed a big fish. Be creative when personalizing the gift as it will help in coming up with a great gift item.