Last week I spent a few days in Minnesota visiting a friend who just had her first baby. It was a great trip, although I did come back with my biological clock in overdrive (ah! babies!). Also, Minnesota is quite a bit colder than Seattle. It’s funny how fast you become used to the climate where you live. Coming from NH, you’d think I’d be able to handle some negative degree weather… but no. I’ll take rain over cold any day!
Anyway, I spent a lot of time with a blanket wrapped around me when I was there. The blanket (shown to the left) was a hand-woven gift someone gave my friend. It is made of silk and wool and absolutely gorgeous. It got me thinking about handmade gifts and how, often, they mean a whole lot more than store-bought ones to the people receiving them. Why, though? Here are a few reasons I came up with:
1.) Handmade gifts take time and effort and people appreciate that.
2.) Handmade gifts are often better quality than store-bought ones.
3.) Handmade gifts can be personalized to the person receiving them.
What other reasons can you think of? Tell us in the comments, and keep on making handmade!
Want a great gift idea you can make on your Mirrix?
The Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet is a perfect one, and the kit makes two bracelets! Keep one and give away the other!
Some of us are blessed with friends and family who just know how to choose the perfect gift. They are savvy at picking up on subtle hints and know exactly what you like. A few years ago a good friend of mine, in his early-to-mid-20s at the time, bought his wife a Mirrix Loom. I remember thinking how sweet it was that he, on his own, came up with the idea, knowing her passion for crafting. But not everyone is as punctilious as my friend. Some husbands need a little hint, some friends are still looking for the perfect crafty gift for their best friend who has everything and some moms don’t know their son’s passion for Mirrix products.
This is where our third-annual holiday hints program comes in! Fill out the form below with what Mirrix-item you’d like this holiday season and, on Friday December 13th, we’ll email the person you specify and give them a little hint about what you’d really like this holiday season!
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