We like to make all our gifts and find that if we get started in November we can usually do this quite easily. We always choose some simple gifts as well. This year I wanted S to make some log candle holders with the boys (E likes to make beeswax candles too). S decided to do some test ones on Wednesday and quickly became hooked on making them. He brought these ones in to show me.
I'll tie these together with a strand of raffia. This one pictured below is my favourite and I quickly claimed it for our seasonal table. The pumpkins and acorns are still on our little nature table but this joined them yesterday and now I'm eyeing up the greenery in the forest around us.
The boys like this one below and it found a home on our coffee table. It is desperately crying out to be surrounded by greenery and pinecones...mid-November isn't too early to start wintertime decorating, is it??
although they are also getting requests for more flower pens). We are big fans of non-plastic type gifts (except for Lego, of course), consumable gifts and, there's something to be said for a gift that, once tired of, can just be tossed out to decompose, be composted or burnt. ;-) Very earth friendly, I should think.