Life and Thyme!

Homemade or Bought?

I heard a discussion on the telly last week about homemade presents. There was a nice lady explaining all about the revival of homemade gifts and that making your own had had a resurgence this year. then there were some street interviews with shoppers, most of whom preferred a bought present. One lady said she would hate something that looked like it had been made by a 5 year old or Kirsty’S vintage home. WELL HUMPH!

Personally I would choose homemade every time. Homemade so shows such love, and thought and the time spent making a pressie. Shop bought just is not the same .

However, I am aware that some people do think like this so I make presents only for people who will value the gift I made.

This Christmas, has been no exception. So lets see what I have made- I can show you in the sure and certain knowledge that the recipients won’t be reading this!

Here are the homemade gifts I made for my Christmas swap partner- the secret blogger, Caroline. It also was my Christmas song… from the 12 days of Christmas we have a partridge in a pear tree. Only the partridge is represented by a pheasant, 3D decoupage card, a pear pincushion and a tree to hang on the tree!

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Here are 2 more cards I made and sent to friends who appreciate homemade cards..

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I had great fun this year making presents with my own photos. These were made through snapfish

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For Mr E- a mug from our holiday and a desk top calender showing all the locations we have visited from the film Vertigo. I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the products, so went with Photo box to create a family calender- one for my Mum and one for my Dad. Here’s Dad’s

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That’s the cover

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April is my Dads birthday month- that’s him and Mr E putting the world to rights!

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May shows the beautiful daffodils and my beloved Gran’s old house

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June is the village of Thornton Dale where Dad now lives. Here comes August

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Now that is my niece N who supplied photos from my brothers family- so a real family enterprise. That’s Miss C trying on the hats I made her and her sister!

My son Mr B and his partner Ms G are having their first Christmas together this year- time for some homemade decorations for them

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Mr and Mrs Christmas- here they are in the mini hamper I gave them last week.

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And finally Master T got not only  his crochet owl hat, and I will resist the temptation to post it again, but also a new jumper. He has had this one in two smaller sizes already but loves the collar so I made it in this bigger size.

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He loves the buttons I choose him which are getting harder and harder to find- no doubt out of fashion now but he loves them.. here they are in close up.

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So what do you think.. homemade or bought presents?

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Comments on: "Homemade or Bought?" (5)

  1. “So what do you think.. homemade or bought presents?”

    Homemade when you can get it, but if you can’t get it homemade then store bought.

  2. Definitely home made for me. I really appreciate the time taken to make gifts. Each to there own 🙂 Avis x

  3. I like home made. Anyone can go out and buy a present without thought, home made means it was thought through.
    I like your calendar, my sister used to make world tour calendars for everyone each year starring her pet budgie. He was photoshopped onto the back of a camel in Egypt, surfing at Bondi, skiing in Englad etc etc, it was hilarious 🙂

  4. I have received hand made cards from my nephews, not up to shop standards, but it was personal from them. Handmade stuff, whatever the quality can be lovely, some of it better than shop bought gifts. Some people really appreciate the time and effort that has gone into the gifts.

  5. So pleased that you all prefer homemade! I noticed when I popped into see my Dad that he still has on his wall a calender made by Master H two years ago, covered in glitter and tinsel. Go my Dad!

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