16. Creative gifts

I am not very creative. Outside of writing and occasionally design-y type stuff, I’ve got nothin’ in the way of a creative gene. Case in point, my lack of inspiration for a Halloween costume this year.

But one of the creative things I like are personalized, homemade gifts people make, for birthdays and Christmas. Last year, my sisters and I went to a place nearby where you can paint your own pottery and made plates for my mom that we each painted our own way. It took about an hour or so and when we gave the plates to her Christmas Day, she was really happy with them and touched by them and they made her cry – in a good way, always a good sign.

A couple Christmases ago my sister made picture frames for a bunch of people, personal and really cute and something it would be pretty easy for me – she of the un-creativeness – to screw up. I like personalized, creative gifts, not always something you can buy in the store. I like getting them but can’t make them. That’s gonna be my goal for next year, maybe. Find something creative to make for family and friends gifts next year. And if that doesn’t work, there’s always gift cards…

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