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Gifts that keep on giving!

by Heidi on December 7th, 2009
 
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We have made a lot of changes over the last few years for a number of reasons, many because of the change of lifestyle required by our decision for me to stay home and mind the farm. Many because of our desire to lessen our ‘footprint’ on the world. And of course you can’t discount the difference emigrating makes!

There are the decisions like giving up satellite TV, which at the time seemed so brutal, but which has proved to be not such a big deal, and in fact quite a blessing. But at this time of year it is harder. There are days when I wish we could go back to being the clueless people who could afford to buy Christmas gifts, and who could stop in McD’s after a shopping trip.

It is reassuring and inspiring to read other peoples ideas for homemade gifts like my friend Em’s Candied almonds and the Chai Tea Gift Mixes over on GNOWFGLINS.

I will be baking as is my normal routine, sorry I can’t share details with you as I can’t be sure which friends/family might visit here. I always worry about how my baked gift baskets will be received, but I hope they all realize the love and time that goes into them.

The baked goods gift baskets don’t work for us to give each other though, and the practical things we could justify spending money on simply weren’t the kind of thing you would be excited to unwrap on Christmas morning. But whats better than presents under the tree? Trees that are presents!

Then I read a post from a local blogger about The Green Barn Nursery. After I had finished my laps of the kitchen doing my happy dance, I explained to Steve – who I think was about ready to have me committed – how I had found out about this tree ‘breeder’ in Montreal from which I would be able to get a lemon tree!

For those not in the know I have been wanting a lemon tree for ages but even after emailing local nurseries had gotten no closer to figuring out where to get one! And even better they also have Satsuma trees and Olive trees, and they are only in Montreal!

Fortunately we both owe each other birthday presents and with Christmas presents and of course next years anniversary present! The difficulty is going to be choosing which ones as so far I have only properly looked through the citrus and apple section and already have a ‘short’ list of seven!

I wonder if they would do gift certificates as family in England are always asking what they should get us! :)

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  1. I think homemade gifts are the best and I would say that I always appreciate receiving something homemade because I know that a lot of love and effort went into the gift, and as you have probably guessed I also like giving them. Some of the homemade gifts I’ve received are my most treasured: scrapbooks, quilts, art and bake goods.
    I vote for lemon and satsuma (I HEART Satsuma!) although olive would be cool too…I see why it’s so hard to choose!

    Comment by Emily — December 8, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  2. What a delightful gift to think of giving each other! It’s something that will be around a long time and you’ll always remember when you got it.

    I think as the economy continues to go the way it’s been heading, more and more of us will be giving handmade gifts which is just fine with me. Sure it takes a heckuva lot more time than going out and buying something but there’s no comparision when you consider what you put of yourself into the gift. And, hopefully, most people appreciate that. I know I do.

    Comment by Mama Pea — December 8, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

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