I usually make nice, sterling silver earrings for the ladies (these are always a big hit and pretty cheap to make).. Then I will probably make some infused vodka, infused vinegar, crocheted stuffed animals (for the babies/toddlers), and possibly something else crochet for the adults.. It'll depend how I'm feeling toward the end really..
We're big on secondhand here as well. It's so frustrating because no matter how many times we tell our parents (or just talk about it, not so much "telling", lol) they STILL BUY BRAND NEW. So obnoxious! I hate to be so picky about it but it's SO important to us to re-use rather than waste resources on new. We're not trying to be snobby about it, but it's one of our deeply-held beliefs. Frustrating that others don't get it. I think my MIL thinks that shopping at resale shops is like slumming it or something... Whatever! I love finding treasures in a resale shop! It's like a game! What fun is it to go to the store and get EXACTLY what you wanted in the EXACT right size, anyway? I feel like we can have really nice stuff for a fraction of the cost- which allows us to pay off debt and do more things that we want to do, like go on trips. Nobody would ever know I shop at the thrift store or buy stuff off craigslist if I didn't tell them. There is no noticeable difference! You know?
Oh my, Christmas gifts... I love to do all homemade/handmade stuff (knit, sewn, home-roasted coffee and home-brewed beer) but I don't know if I will be able to get it all done. Plus I don't feel like any of our family members appreciate it.... Again, I think they feel like homemade stuff is just cheap (in a bad way, lol). So annoying to go to all that work just for a mediocre response.
Anyone have any good ideas for Christmas gift-giving this year? One thing I'm working on is a video from Owen's birth and first year, and another of his second year. I'll give those to the g-parents. Since they don't see us much I think they'll like having that keepsake.