But we are by no means perfect. We still, like most families, do some of our holiday purchases at the larger chain retail stores. Unfortunately for the moment, that is unavoidable. However, each year we do a little more ourselves, as we strive towards a holiday season that is sustainable not just environmentally, but economically and socially as well.
The idea for highlighting our Handmade Holidays was taken from Tonya over at Natural Earth Farm, where she's made a list of all the individuals and families who both blog, and who are participating in the challenge.
For us, the goal is not to have everything we give be home-made, (just not realistic at this point). But instead, to make an effort and make as much as we can, and then to purchase in a conscientious manner the remaining gifts and supplies.
Many of the gifts I will be making will be knitted, and here is my list to date:
Fellowship of the Ring Dolls (which includes Gandalf, Aragorn, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin!)
Purse (partially made from a recycled fair isle sweater)
In the event that I finish the above ahead of schedule, I have several smaller projects lined up to work on as well.
I am highlighting the knitted gifts because they are all either of my own design, or have been modified from the original patterns in some way. Those that are my own designs will be eventually edited and published, and I will leave links to where they can be downloaded.
Below you'll find the posts covering the gifts that we make, as well as any that have to do with getting ready for the Holiday Season! We hope you enjoy, and find inspiration to share with your own family!
BBQ Sauce and Meat Rub Gift Sets
If not by MY hands, then by my Neighbour's
Preparing for the Holidays Part 4: Wreath Making
Preparing for the Holidays Part 3: The Magic of Wizards and Truffles
Our weekly knitting group
Preparing for the Holidays Part 1: Organisation