My husband and I like to make at least one or two special gifts for our children on their birthday. We always supplement our craftiness with a treasured book, as well as a storebought item. This year, I honestly couldn't find a single thing I wanted to buy my two summer birthday babes...I couldn't justify spending the money when I'd rather make it myself.
More and more, we are becoming more self-reliant this way...in addition to making many of the clothes worn by my children, as well as all the woollens, we make their furniture, toys, quilts, and decorative pretty things. Not only is it inspired by frugality (the party dress I made for Sunshine cost about $10), but it is also inspired by aesthetics, too.
Most importantly, I am so happy to nurture my children's appreciation for all things handmade with love. This is absolutely what it is about...the spirit of giving, of celebrating someone whom you love. A colourful drawing by a four year old to her brother depicting him in a digger with her watching from the grass. A hand-knit lamb from a seven year old to his sister for Christmas...that took two months to create. It is so interesting to me, that there is often more value in a store-bought item that costs my husband 3 hours of his work time versus a handknit that took me weeks of knitting, stitched with love. I hope one day the shift happens in mainstream society that material items lose their value in comparison to what we can make with our own two hands.
For now, the appreciation for our handmade gifts is entirely evident in the pleasure of our two birthday babes. Without knowing the difference (yet), they are thrilled by the simple gifts of handmade.