This is one of my very favorite times of year for doing the work I do. I love spending much of the months of November and December writing and creating around the themes and giving and gifts, mirth and merriment.
This year, as ever, I have a whole crop of new ideas that I’m bursting at the seams to share with you, but before I do, I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite holiday gifts and projects from the archives.
They’re old standbys that I return to year after year—tweaking to meet changing moods or minds or the time available. I thought it might be helpful to see them all in one spot, and so here they are, a few favorites from Novembers and Decembers past. (And above, one tiny sneak peek of what’s to come this year.)
Gifts for a host or snacks for yourselves, here are a few simple, edible treats to make at home and bring along to wintry gatherings or offer to visiting friends:
If Christmas is the holiday you celebrate, or if an entirely secular countdown to the end of year sounds festive, here are some ideas from my family’s evolving advent traditions:
I love to point readers in the direction of beautiful handmade objects, but balancing those special gifts with more affordable options is something most families, my own included, need to do in a time of year that can demand a lot of resources. Here, ideas for simple gifts that don’t require a huge amount of savings.
Taking things from trash to treasure is one of my favorite things to do, especially when it comes to gift wrapping. Here are two favorite posts for making something lovely out of not very much at all.
I like to deck our tiny halls with bits of nature and otherwise small and sustainable items that can pack a visual punch without requiring much in the way of storage. Here’s some of what we’ve done in the past:
And if you don’t find what you were looking for here, feel free to explore the entire collection of the gifts and giving posts.