Every year the extended family on my mom's side does some sort of gift exchange. Last year we played rob-your-neighbor with booze. This year we were challenged with the task of either making or buying a locally-made gift not exceeding $20.00. How green is this challenge? I LOVE supporting local artisans and businesses, so I knew I would be buying a gift. That, and the fact that I have yet to make anything anyone would remotely be interested in having in their home! I pulled my cousin Lindsay's name and knew exactly what I'd get her: beer and lottery tickets. She loved it, but didn't win any cash from the lotto tickets.
My cousin Matt had my name, and he made me this stylish and functional table for my patio. It's made out of an old bed frame and an extra piece of tile. Impressive, right? Puts my beer and lotto ticket gift to shame.
I'm digging the handmade gifts and after seeing the performance my cousins gave this year, I need to step it up a notch. Next year, I want to give a gift I actually made. This has inspired a New Year's resolution: learn how to make something. Will this manifest itself in taking a class at the Career Center or scouring Young House Love for the perfect project? Either way, I'm ready for this adventure!