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The Homemade Gift

Us busy folks just love a homemade anything, don’t we? Marketers, of course, know this and like to use the word to advertise their wares any chance they get. But the truly homemade gift is a special thing indeed.

Some of the most cherished homemade gifts I’ve received include a quilt from my mother-in-law for each bed in the house, a quilt from my special Aussie girlfriend Nat, and a scrapbooked collage from my mom. As for gifts from Hubby, I can’t even list the number of homemade gifts he’s made for me over the years. He is crazy-talented and I’ve received everything from jewelry, decorative boxes, and artwork to a cedar-strip canoe and a bed!

This year for Christmas, I was fortunate enough to receive two homemade gifts. The first was a painting by my father. Hubby and I are beyond thrilled with this since it’s the first painting that he’s painted especially for us. And the second is this very groovy tote from my sister and brother-in-law. Check it out! (You know it’ll be on my arm at the next BlogHer or Blissdom, don’t you!)

On the front is the image that represents the age-old saying: “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

And on the back, you can see that the tote has been customized for the blog! Here is a close-up shot:

They also gave me a cookie-mix in a jar. I’m glad it looks pretty in the jar on my shelf since, well, I don’t bake or cook. But it’s the thought that counts, right? 😉


  1. I was just introduced to your blog today, great stuff. I can only hope that someday people find my new blog as useful and inspiring as yours. Happy New Year

  2. Maria Ford says:

    Hi Julie! Great post! The Homemade Gift is a long-lost art, with everyone so busy with life. But this year I found time to make 9 of these “cork boards” – they are shaped like grape clusters :)   They were a hit! They have hangers on the back and I gave them with handmade (not by me) fabric-covered thumb tacks.

    • Oh I LOVE those cork boards! For ages Hubby and I were saving all of our corks to make a big one … but it never happened. And come to think of it, I think we must have “lost” the corks in the move too. Your gift recipients are a lucky bunch :)

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