The past few holidays we've taken different, more creative approaches to our gift-giving. Sometimes homemade or edible (or drinkable) components are required. Last year we adopted a Twelve Days of Christmas strategy - over the twelve days leading up to our leaving for Christmas with my family, we would place a gift under the tree. Most were small silly things, but it was fun to watch them pile up. Twelve Days. Twelve Gifts.
We liked this idea, and have adopted and adapted it again for this year. We came up with a list of twenty-four 'categories' (or 'themes'), and from those twenty-four we selected twelve at random. Gifts we buy this year must reflect these themes.
The inspiration for our gift buying for Christmas 2009 is as follows:
- Something we can do together
- Something they can do/use outdoors
- Something cuddly
- Something beginning with the first letter of the person's name
- Something that rhymes
- Something from the store 'Little Mysteries'
- Something reminding us of our childhood Christmases
- Something delicious
- Something from an art gallery
- Something they'd want to display
- Something practical
- Something they'd want to take to work
Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time coming up with clever ideas. This could get interesting.