I have three sisters...adults, with grown children. They "have everything" and, like me, do not need any more "stuff" in their homes.
Christmas giving then becomes a problem. I had thought of giving them Oxfam "gifts", where they would receive a card telling them that they had given a goat to a family in need, or helped to provide fresh water to a community who has none. I thought about that for quite a while and perused the leaflet showing all the variations of gifts to help the poor and hungry. But I didn't do it!Yes, I know it was mean to not go ahead with that sort of gift. Maybe I will do so next year (?).
However, I have sorted out the gifts for my sisters now and have even warpped them in readiness, as I will have to hand them over to one sister to help deliver, as we all live far apart.
This is what I ended up with: I made three shopping bags; bags for them to take to the supermarket. I sewed them in a bright fabric, adorned with a cartoon-type green frog design, lined and with thick tape handles. Then I bought three large boxes of chocolates and, finally today, I have baked several batches of shortbread, which I have placed in 'snap-lock' food containers.
Now each lot is wrapped in gold paper, tied with a big red bow, with a Santa 'head' attached.
The gifts look good.
I know that I would be pleased to receive such a gift. Will they like it? Hard to know, but the chocolates & shortbread are something that they may share with the rest of their family and the shopping bag will (hopefully) be a useful addition ot their shopping days.
Well that's three gifts sorted!
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