Firstly, since it is getting close to Christmas, some of you may be starting to panic if there are still people that you haven't crossed off your list yet. You know how it is, you want to get them something nice, but you are running out of time, and you're afraid you're going to end up buying them something cheezy out of desperation. Perhaps I can help. Go here to read all about my friend at Silversmyth who makes hand-made jewelry-beautiful, practical, AND personal. (Just substitute "Mother's Day" for your holiday of choice as you read).
Here is a showcase of some of the pieces you can find at Silversmyth.com
In case you're curious, you can see the Silversmyth herself at work here
Even if you don't buy anything, stop over and tell her I said, "Hi!" She's quite sweet!
Maybe jewelry isn't your thing. That's ok, because in the post I referenced you to earlier (here it is again, in case you forgot in all this holiday madness!), you can also read about the fabulous chocolates at Lesley's Life is Sweet. Not only does she make chocolate to die for, but she donates part of her proceeds to charity, and I'm pretty sure that officially cancels out any guilt that might be associated with indulging in the chocolate.
Okay, so maybe jewelry isn't your thing and nobody you know likes chocolate, and you'd just like to make some charitable donations this year to help out those less fortunate than you. Guess what! I have a post for that too! Here is a roundup of some of my favorite charities and why I like them. Maybe one of them will catch your eye, or maybe you have some of your own favorite charities. Either way, donations (of time or money) are greatly appreciated, especially now with more and more people finding themselves in need and more and more people finding themselves with less to give.
What is standard practice for gift giving in your family, and is it changing this year due to the current economic situation? Are you finding it difficult, or is it a freeing change of pace? Whatever your situation is this year, I hope you are finding ways to celebrate the important things like friends and family.