I opted for a very crafty, creative, and handmade Christmas for 2012. What with all of our European living and the world not ending, I wasn't exactly in a position to go out and spend a lot of money on people.
What I did, however, was carefully set aside ideas and goals that I knew certain people would like and appreciate. Upon return to the States and my craft supplies on December tenth, I began the craft frenzy!
The easiest, but most tedious, were Anthropologie inspired "Confetti Glasses" for my Mother.
I thought they turned out beautifully.
She also received Woodsy Twig Votive Holders. I didn't get a picture of those because the Christmas deadline was upon me. They went straight into the gift bag!
For my brother, a Wine Cork and Ribbon Wreath. Also interspersed are silver jingle bells.
Corks, floral wire, and free reign to John's cordless drill!!! This actually turned out much better than I thought and reconfirms the fact that on should never throw out wine corks.
Next year, money or not, I will repeat my rabid craft session just for the shear fun. And the ability to add "hey, I made that" to the oohs and aahs of opening cool gifts.