December UFH Challenge – Show Us Your Stuff!

December’s challenge was an attempt to turn Christmas on it’s head – to make you stop and think about how gift giving could be done differently. Could you make all your gifts? Could you buy them all from small, local stores, or artisans?

From the song the Twelve Days of Christmas, some of the most popular gifts from days gone by revolved around something truly precious – food. From a partridge in a pear tree right on to eleven maids a milking. A legal ban on indentured servitude needn’t stop you from giving the gift of food but you’ll have to leave off the eleven maids.

Nor do you need to stop at food – but thinking of crafting something, or carefully choosing a themed combination of things, or giving someone an experience instead of something material all help out your pocketbook and your local economy and provide something even more special for the recipient.

Show us your stuff to Win!

{Note} The Bob’s Redmill giveaway is limited to US and Canadian participants – sorry!

Please share with us things you’ve made, experiences you’ve gifted or other non-commercial treasures. Do this by posting to your personal blog, a facebook page, tweeting, and leave either a link below to your blog or facebook page or comment below. Doing this will throw you in the running for either a copy of Amy Pennington’s Urban Pantry, or The Salvage Studio by Amy Duncan, Beth Evans-Ramos and Lisa Hilderbrand. And if the winner of the November grain challenge does not contact me by prize-drawing time one of you could also win the unclaimed $25 gift certificate from Bob’s Red Mill.

Please only leave one comment or link up one time since doing so is what enters you into the random drawing for prizes. I will leave this challenge open until Sunday, January 6 and then reply to commenters in this blog entry, or by email to those who linked up that won the random prize drawing. Good luck!


12 Responses to December UFH Challenge – Show Us Your Stuff!

  1. As an artist, I love to gift my feltwork to family. I did that this year, in addition to also purchasing hand made gifts on Etsy. I think that the closer you can get to the source, the better. I also shopped at small, local stores, and did pretty well avoiding big box retailers. Happy about that! On the flipside, I also sold work to others through Etsy, and am so happy that my own scarves and wool rugs were given as gifts, as far away as Australia!

  2. This year like the last three years, we gave homemade edibles and spent time with family for the holidays. We normally give jams for presents but this year I started making wine and my generous husband thought it would be nice to give some away. We gifted wine, apple butter, and pickles to our immediate family and wine to the rest of the aunts and uncles. We also traveled to see our extended families and spend time with them for the holidays making wonderful memories.

  3. I started last year trying to give “better gifts” less junk more personal and continued this year: I made honey-lavender caramel, biscotti, date-nut cookie, jams, knit some slippers for my boyfriend but only had one finished on time (finishing the other one right now!).
    All in all, lived the experience and will thrive to do even more next year and hopefully have everyone’s gift ready on time! Happy new year!

    • Annette Cottrell

      Marie-Elise I have an unfinished Husky scarf for my husband I am still working on knitting too! And you won the Bob’s certificate! Email me at annette cottrell at yahoo and I’ll get it to you! Congrats!

  4. We love giving consumable and functional gifts for Christmas.
    It means so much more when we can give something that helps support a local family and not add to the “STUFF” in our homes.

  5. We had such a peaceful Christmas this year… it was great. Made mittens for family in cold places, local friends received baked goods and things we canned, our kids got wooden toys made by my husband. It was all so much fun!

    • Annette Cottrell

      Kathy you won the copy of Amy Pennington’s book! Email me at annette cottrell at yahoo and I’ll get it to you! Congrats! And homemade wooden toys ROCK!

  6. What I didn’t make this year I bought from local artisans at craft fairs. I bought some great homemade soap, stained glass & pottery. Every year I have grand ideas to learn new crafts to make as gifts. As I’m getting busier with my kids, I’ve accepted I just don’t have the time anymore. I feel the next best thing is buying handmade items from local artisans.

    • Annette Cottrell

      Laura I wish I was on your list – stained glass sounds like a fantastic gift! And you won the copy of Salvage Studio! Email me at annette cottrell at yahoo and I’ll get it to you! Congrats!

  7. In spite of being down with the flu just prior to Christmas, I managed to make 4 doll sleeping bags (for daughter + nieces) and 5 tote bags (for teachers + others). I also made 50+ fabric gift bags, which I sold at the craft fair at my kids’ school — reusable wrapping to cut down on waste of resources! Also made 25 gift card holders and sold them at the same craft fair.

    I also wrapped all of our family’s gifts in fabric gift bags that I made myself, as I have for the past several years.

    I also arranged for my grandfather to give both of my kids (ages 8 and 6) their own sewing machines, so that they can make their own gifts as well as projects of their own. Both kids hand-sewed grandparent gifts (prior to receiving the sewing machines). BTW I highly recommend the book Sewing School for teaching kids to hand sew.

  8. Homemade jams and crocheted pot holders for all my family.

  9. I’m too late for the giveaway, but I made a homemade advent calendar out of jewelry boxes that I spray-painted, and put craft circle numbers on. The kids opened one a day for adventures, crafts, and treats like going to see the xmas lights, and making a wreath. Super successful.

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