- A unique watercolor card with a heartfelt note inscribed. Need inspiration? Pinterest is a wonderful place to source ideas.
- Create a memory book that includes generations of family photos. If celebrating with friends instead, perhaps print off favorite memories shared together.
- Fashion a handmade journal for someone who loves to write. All that is needed are materials already on-hand. Recycle some cardboard to make the cover; finish with linen or another soft fabric. Hand-sew the binding together with the paper neatly folded inside. Textural, recycled, newsprint-layered; have fun selecting the paper to include.
- Make a quill out of a sentimental feather. Would gift wonderfully beside the handmade journal.
- Knit or crochet a scarf, hat, mittens, or anything else that cozily suits someones fancy.
- Recycle some natural fabrics from thrifted clothing and sew into a handmade quilt or pillowcase.
- Make an eco-chic travel pouch for someone who loves adventure. Button or zip closures are easily sourced from a local quilting or fabric shop.
- Write down some heirloom recipes on note cards and make a box to store them in. Begin a new tradition of enjoying something each year that is fresh-baked; cookies, homemade bread, a strudel, gingerbread. Be inspired to share new recipes and keep adding to the collection! Sometimes a spontaneously-inspired idea turns out surprisingly delicious!
- Mix together the ingredients for hot cocoa, or another holiday treat (oatmeal and cinnamon cookies perhaps?), gift in a reusable mason jar. Tie with twine and some fresh sprigs of an herb that may also be used in a recipe.
- DIY a scented candle with cinnamon, vanilla, cedar, pine, or sage essential oil. Include the recipe on a hand-written card.
Amber Paulina Walker is a body and energy worker studying Holistic Psychology in the PNW.