Every year it seems like the holidays get here sooner than you expect – but this year is especially crazy around my house. And, it seems like almost everyone I ask is questioning whether they will get everything done in time. I know that is the case a lot of the time, but it seems like this year people are even more behind than usual.
I have always been a crafty person, and so I make my gifts every year. For that reason, it is important to plan out in advance and begin the buying/assembling/creating/packaging process much earlier than if you go out and buy gifts. In years past I have made snow globes, quilts, ornaments, knit goods, crocheted items, soap, candles, ornament wreaths…and many other things.
I love making gifts for people.
My husband often tells me that I spend too much time on my gifts, but it I truly enjoy the process of making things. In that way, it is more of an excuse to be crafty!
The downside? I am always worried that people will feel like their gift isn’t enough. If someone buys me something and I make them something that cost a lot less in dollars, but was a lot more time and energy…will they feel the value? Most people do, but it is a constant concern with making gifts – and I always feel like I need to make each person two or three or four things.
I will not divulge here what I am making this year since the gifts haven’t gone out yet, but I know I will get them all done in time! Even though I started way too late. I think in 2015 I will start making my holiday gifts in March.
Do you make your gifts or buy them? Do you appreciate handmade gifts when you receive them or would you rather get something from a store?
My name is Melina Young and I am the director of marketing at Verity Credit Union. I love everything to do with marketing, advertising, public relations and social media – especially all the research that goes into making a product or service really work for our members and making sure the right people hear about it. In addition to my time spent marketing, I have a blog and write about celiac disease, which I was diagnosed with in 2010. Basically, I can’t eat any of those foods we all love that are made with wheat, barley or rye.
I have also recently started running and completed my first 5k in 2011. Some people may not know that I used to do a lot of acting, dancing and singing in my life. I was in a Nike commercial with Gary Payton in junior high (if anyone ever finds the footage please send it my way!) and I used to compete as an opera singer in high school. I almost majored in musical theater in college, but I’m very glad with my decision to study marketing!