A couple of years ago I thought about how many gifts I could make. I know I personally always prefer to receive a homemade gift (my kids will tell you that I make the same request of them each year — “give me a framed picture of you, or write me a story about a memory we’ve shared, or create a meal for me”).
Because I’m so passionate about helping people to create a daily shared-meal ritual, many gifts I’ve made have to do with a special recipe, or something to enhance the environment of the dining table.
One such gift I made for a former professor of mine was a meal platter. Here it is:
My professor has told me what a cherished possession this gift is in her family. They use it for many shared meals and I can picture her family gathered together telling stories and laughing over dinner. This knowledge brings me an endless amount of joy.
When I finished painting this platter (at a local “Color Me Mine” store) I was ready to wear a beret and speak in a French accent. I really felt like an artiste!
There’s no need to feel badly if you buy all your gifts…that’s definitely not what I’m saying.
But I am suggesting that it’s worth exploring the creativity that lies inside of you, and giving someone you love a precious gift you have made with your own two hands.