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Extending the Festivities

We're all guilty of it -- the gifting day arrives and we're not finished. Maybe we added too much to our to-do list, maybe materials we ordered were late arriving to our shop, or maybe a project demanded a bit more time than we had planned. Rather than joining the rushing, madding crowds to grab a gift that's not quite what we wanted, let's give the gift of extending the fun and joy of the season. So what if you're not completely finished with the gift? Odds are, your recipient is in the same boat with some of her gifts. Eliminate some of the worry with these ideas.

  1. WIP photos. Let's say you decided to tackle a wonderful pillow design for a dear friend, but despite your best efforts, it's only 50 percent done on the gift date. How about a lovely snapshot of the work-in-progress and maybe a swatch book of the linen, fibers and finishing fabrics? Your friend will not only appreciate your thoughtfulness but she or he can also start planning on how she or he will display your beautiful gift.
  2. New Year's gift giving. I have a dear friend from college, and we still exchange gifts every year during lunch at our favorite restaurant near our alma mater. A few years ago, when work schedules and holiday demands threatened our tradition, we opted to change it up and do our lunch and gift exchange after the first of the year. Immediately, the time spent was less stressed as we could focus solely on catching up and enjoying reminiscing. Plus, it had the added bonus of giving us each an extra week for handmade gifts and gave us the chance to hit the post-holiday sales together after lunch. Why not start these traditions with some of your friend circles? It'll offer instant relief to overbooked schedules and extend the holiday festivities, which I love!
  3. Gift certificates. For those hard-to-buy-for stitching friends, I love the idea of a gift certificate from their local needlework shop or favorite online stitching shop. I know some people aren't fans of gift certificates because they don't seem personal enough, but I disagree -- especially when the certificate is for a specialty shop for their favorite hobby. And to jazz it up a little more, how about putting the certificate into a paper pouch embellished with a little cross stitch or freehand embroidery, making it two gifts in one.
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