The past few years I’ve been giving people food presents — we all have so much stuff in our lives, so why do we need more little objects? Particularly for those folks on our lists who we love, and to whom we want to give a little something, but who aren’t family or the kind of friends we buy big presents for — you know, the folks you’d buy a candle or bath products of something like that.
Last year I did really swanky Christmas baskets for my family members — cookies, chocolates, some jam I made, cheese, a little pate — into the boxes they went and off the Santa post office took them.
What I like about baskets is that all year I’m thinking about Christmas — making jam in the middle of the summer, or collecting mushrooms in the spring, and then as the holiday approaches, looking at what cookies I did last year and which ones I want to repeat, which new ones I want to try. It’s all fun. And at the end of it, aside from a festive basket which I’d encourage recipients to recycle this year, no one has a bunch of objects in their house that they don’t quite know what to do with …
So what about you? Are you making things for people? What are you making?