I know I know, I said Christmas. Out loud. In September. In the post title. Sorry, that's just mean. But I have been starting to think* about the holiday gift giving season, and about what to make people for it - I want to try and do another (almost completely) handmade holiday. I have this crazy spreadsheet list that I do each year, with all my big ideas on it. And sometimes some of them even get done! woot.
So here's where I get stuck - there are so many gift ideas that I would love to make that seem (are?) more Wintery in nature - funky fingerless gloves for the preteens and groovy womenfolk, cute hotwater bottles and their own knitted cosies for grandparents and others who feel the cold, scarves, beanies...they just all seem to lend themselves to nice, relatively quick, and endlessly personalised gifts. But does giving this sort of thing at the start of our warmest Season just make me look a bit loopy? What do you think? (For those of you Northern folk, would you look askance if someone gifted you a new beach towel or BBQ equipment whilst the snowstorms raged outside?) I know it's not like there aren't plenty of non-Wintery gifts to be made, but I guess I'm just wondering how many years in a row I can make quilted pot holders as gifts, however funky and bright they may be! Or do I go wild and branch out into quilted coasters?
*Disclaimer: I am thinking about it already. That means that in all likelihood there will be no shift to actually doing anything until, oh, the day before postal/holiday deadlines. I mean, that's the real reason Christmas Eve exists, right???