It isn’t even Mid-October yet and I have been working on Christmas cards for my mom and step-dad.
Truth be told, I started them in early January, ran into a snag, set them aside, had surgery, ran into another snag (ahhh, that blood clot-thing) and here I am finally getting back to it! I like to do a lot of this kind of stuff ahead of time, because sometimes the creative energy just isn’t flowing and I don’t want to be standing at the Post Office in a line with 30+ other people in mid-December trying to get my gifts to people in time.
My mom and step-dad are at a point in their lives where they don’t really need anything. What is great for me is that I can make them cards to use throughout the year for birthdays, etc. and I can also make them Christmas cards. I work with them and show them examples to find out what they like and what they would want. They are included in the process. It might take the fun out of the gift giving throughout the year, but I would much rather give them something they will like and use.
How do you handle presents for your parents and/or family?