Yes, good for you! You'll succeed!
No!?! Well get on it... slacker...Camm I see you...
Next go get a box. I use a cardboard box because they go unnoticed, but a storage tub, that is not clear, will do well too.
Now take that stocking stuffer and drop it into the box. This box now has the honour of being the Christmas Box!
This is mine:
|I'll be upgrading to a larger one as we get closer|
You might notice mine has more then just a washcloth in it and I will tell you a secret. Last year when all the Christmas stuff was going on sale for $1 I did some shopping for this year! I picked up catnip toys, decorations and wrapping paper! I also shop though the entire year to take the edge off last minute Christmas shopping. When I see something I know someone will love I buy it and I toss it into the box! Sometimes I grab it back out for a birthday, but normally it just sits there till Christmas rolls around. If you plan on this let me suggest that you label who's gift is for whom. Two years ago I had a horrible day of dumping the box out to wrap things and I could not figure out who was suppose to get what.
Big thing about Christmas is that it can be very expensive if you do not plan it out right. I try not to spend hundreds of dollars in the two weeks leading up to Christmas on gifts because that is rather stressful. Instead I budget how much I can afford for each person on my list and start thinking of what gifts they will like. It sometimes helps to make a list of what each person's favorite color, shoe size, hobbies and interests.
Next I look at the lists previous to make sure I'm not giving the same stuff again. Nothing it worse to someone as getting slippers last year and getting them again this year.
Now it is time to brainstorm! Take your list and write down ideas for each person and what they might like knitted and otherwise.
This is also a great time to review if someone is knit worthy. Everyone on the list will get the knitted stocking stuffer, but that might be all the knits someone gets this holiday season.
Now here is the list I'm looking at now:
2 pairs Silk Mittens
1 pair of Gryffindor Socks
1 pair of Giant's Socks
2 pairs Boot Socks
1 pair Fingerless Mittens
Now remember 2 things when making this list:
1. Don't plan on showering everyone with knitted gifts. Be selective to those that are worthy and don't give them too much. You need to hold stuff back for next year.
2. Don't forget anyone on your list for the holidays. Every year I make my Christmas list I look back to last year and see who was on the list and add and take away names. Check around to see who might be visiting, who had a new baby and who might be skipping the family get together.
So your homework tonight is to make your list, and start brainstorming patterns you might want to use!