Today we have a freelance contribution post by Sally.
Christmas is almost here, and it’s a time of giving, being with family, and remembering the reason why we’re celebrating this occasion—Jesus Christ. Sadly, too many people get caught up in the gift-buying frenzy and are forgetting why we acknowledge Christmas in the first place. While the Bible reminds us to be generous as it reminds us that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), we should never forget the true meaning of this special holiday, that the Son of God, was born on Christmas day. As Christians, it is important to celebrate our Savior’s life and the way that He lived by giving meaningful gifts to family and friends, and what can be more meaningful than a present that was made by your own two hands? Here are 3 Christmas gift ideas that you can make by hand.
Quickbread mix in a bottle
It is tradition to give food as a gift to loved ones, and even some of the most notable people in the Bible have been known to give wine, bread, grain, or meat on special occasions. This Christmas, you can give a cake that you baked by yourself, or assemble quickbread mix in a bottle. Just layer 2 cups of flour, a cup of rolled oats, half a cup of sugar, some sugar, baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts in a bottle or a 1-quart mason jar. Add a label to the bottle for the recipe instructions so the recipient will know how to make the quickbread.
A hand sewn pencil case
This would make a good gift for children and teens. You can make a simple felt pencil case with a button closure or make a Japanese-style patchwork pouch. The latter, which takes a little more time and effort, can also work as a makeup bag which would make a great gift for women. All you need is some fabric squares, ecru cotton lace, and some grosgrain ribbon to make the pouch.
This is a gift that you can make with your children to give to grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Get a few white ceramic mugs and some Sharpie markers in different colors. Let your kids draw or write messages on the mugs. Place the mugs in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F. Leave the mugs inside until the oven cools completely to prevent cracks.
Giving a gift that we made with our own hands this Christmas reminds us of the true meaning of the holiday as we create things for the ones we love. As we give, let us not forget to celebrate Jesus Christ, who is the reason for this holiday season.