Handmade for the Holidays8:00 AM
Between buying our first house this year and building a budget for our upcoming wedding in 2011, we are seriously tight on cash for the holidays. Thankfully, I'm one crafty woman and most of my presents are baked, crafted or handmade for the holidays. Furthermore, I'm fortunate to have lots of lovely people in my life that not only love but prefer handmade gifts. The most important thing to remember about going handmade for holiday gift giving is preparation. It is a busy time of year and it is important to plan ahead in order to have all of the right pieces, parts and components. It is also important to carve out time each week to work on your projects. If you tend to buy online for your beading projects, now is the time to buy. This way you will have everything you need when you find time to sit down at your beading table. Holiday shipping can be tricky. It is better to buy too early than too late. This year, lots of retailers are offering wonderful deals early. Soft Flex is no stranger to this. We always try to start our holiday sale right after Halloween so that you have ample opportunity to stock up for your handmade holiday gifts. This year, we even decided to hold an open house at our gallery in Sonoma - to make shopping for holiday stock even more festive and fun. We scheduled it the week before Thanksgiving so you'll still have plenty of time to create.
If you aren't entirely crafty yourself or are just short on time, you can always check out etsy or artfire for wonderful handmade gift options. Also around this time of year, there are lots of craft fairs. A quick internet search is sure to turn up some fun events to attend. This is a great way to find a wonderful, and in most cases well-made, gift and support an artisan at the same time.
Do you do handmade for the holidays too? If so, what percentage of your presents are typically handmade?