"I know this year is going to be much more about needs than wants," my sister e-mailed me the other day.
I'm sure our family is far from alone. Each day brings more news of financial crisises on a worldwide scale and how retailers are bracing for a tighter-than-usual Christmas shopping season.
Still, I know gift-giving won't go away as part of holiday traditions. Sure, this year, our gift-giving will be severely amputated. In fact, I think what we do give will be more about what's heart-felt than a treat.
This week starts my "Homemade Holidays" series. Each Monday, I'll feature different ideas for greener gift-giving on a budget. If you have other ideas, please post them as well!
A little nostalgia
Remember those fabulous treats Grandma used to make? Create a gift basket of homemade goodies for your loved ones, packaged with cards featuring the treasured recipes. If you're feeling very creative, hunt down photos of the grandkids in the kitchen or the family around the holiday table to include in it.
A few years back we compiled my Grandmother's recipes, which had found homes at random relatives' houses. After a few weeks of effort and some time with the word processor, we created a 100+ page cookbook. We printed a copy, which included family photos, for her, and e-mailed a PDF to the family, so they all had copies on hand for the future.