Friday, November 19, 2010

Committing to a Handmade Holiday

The holiday season is coming. What am I saying! The holiday season is upon us, especially if you walk into any local store. With everyone pinching pennies this year, many of us are looking at this season with a mix of excitement and worry; all of those gifts.

What ever happened to making the presents that we give? What ever happened to sharing our talent and passions with other people especially at this time of year? I suggest we pull back this holiday season. We need to look at the family and friends we want to shower with gifts and think about what they truly enjoy. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Sometimes we realize that we do not know the people we care about as much as we thought we did. It is time to learn.

Sometimes though, we lack the skill to make what our gift giving targets would swoon over. At that point it is time to check out Etsy, ArtFire, and other such handmade exclusive sites. Share the passion of an artisan or craftsman who makes their living with their hands. You can also keep an eye out for holiday craft fairs and bazaars. Local to Tacoma? Check out the Grity City Gift Fair on the 26th and 27th of November and the Junktastic event Sundays at Studio 6 Ballroom.

We all have talents that we think everyone else has no interest in, but I think we are often mistaken. This holiday season, share your interests with your family. Pull those you love close and keep warm this holiday season.

Thank you for reading,
Sarah McTernen

1 comment:

  1. hadn't heard of Junktastic - sounds pretty spiffy and am soooo looking forward to the Grity City Gift Fair!

    and just worked out the details for a trade on etsy for this awesome gift for Bryn - love etsy!