Homemade gift baskets
can show just how much love we’ve poured into our gift
giving this year. A basket can be put together at home
cheaper than the same basket could be purchased from the
My church youth group
made homemade gifts one year and the project was a big
success. The kids worked hard to create the best gifts
they could for the person whose name they had chosen.
A special talent or skill that you possess can be a big
help in creating a homemade gift. I like to crochet and
sew. One year, I made winter scarves in Christmas colors
for a few of my family baskets. I also made a few
twin-sized comforters for the children. If crafts are
your thing, try your hand at creating handmade jewelry.
Whatever your talent, put it to good use.
Many of us are not the creative sort, but there are
ideas for you too. Instead of hitting the toy and/or
department stores, head to your local Christian store,
such as: Lifeway Christian, Family Christian, and
Cokesbury Christian stores. You can find interesting
gifts from music and jewelry to videos and games.
Children will love
the videos and games. My kids loved the VeggieTales™
movies and toys when they were younger. The characters
were funny and they teach good lessons without being
If you still haven’t found that special gift, I have yet
another idea—gift cards. All of us know at least one
individual or family that could use household or
personal items more than other types of gifts. If
someone on your list needs clothing, then a gift card
will allow them to select the very thing they need.
Other types of stores sell gift cards, too. My family
and I have given grocery gift cards to friends on fixed
incomes or those who were having a hard time making ends
meet. My father has even given gas cards as gifts. With
the rising cost of gas, this is a great idea.
Gift giving doesn’t have to be hard, but it should be
thoughtful. As a Christian, even our Christmas gifts
reflect our ministry—meeting others at their level of
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