I feel like there are really two kinds of gift giving…
- Oh man so-and-so’s birthday/Christmas/Valentine’sDay/Anniversary is coming up and is the same time every year! I know them very well and should probably think of something they would like
- Oh man so-and-so is having a baby/somesurpriseevent. I have absolutely no idea of what they would want me to buy…or I’m too financially constrained to get it off the registry.
Enter: Hobbies and Crafts!
In case you don’t remember from my hobbies post, I am an avid knitter and have been working on my crochet skills. The situation at hand is that bf’s sister is going to have a baby. And yes, babies come with registries of boring stuff that they need (e.g. diapers, bottles, onesies, etc), but I wanted to make something and didn’t want to buy a bunch of stuff that would be used up. I wanted to give the baby something that it would have for a long time and would say “My Aunt Lacey made that!” (Or something to that effect).
Above are hats I made for her first baby shower! I also made little booties shaped like paws (her nursery theme is Winnie the Pooh) and a little lady bug diaper cover. Sometimes the most precious gifts are the ones not asked for. I made the lady bug stuff with yarn her mother bought (because she found the pattern and requested it) and the hat/booties were made with leftover yarn from another project.
I also ended up finally finishing the blanket I was making! I used scrap yarn for it, and had to buy more white, so its total cost was $3.66. I guess where I’m going with this post (aside from showing off what I’m really excited about), is that when it comes to gift giving, there are ten million ideas of things to make (just check out pinterest if you don’t believe me), and in some cases those are much more loved gifts than something you could buy at the store.
So if you’re starting to panic because Christmas is around the corner (at least, according to Hobby Lobby), or because there’s going to be a new person in your life, think about being crafty. It can help you be frugal and develop a new skill, and may be a hobby you love and could use to even generate a side income.