Make Monkey Memories and Warm Woolies for Christmas rather than buying needless things and trivial trinkets.
I made my daughter a monkey blanket. This is a useful gift-I hope-that will last for years.
We went to the fabric store and she picked out two fabrics: one side is monkeys and the other is striped - so the blanket is fun colored, cheerful and reversible.
But you could make a blanket out of old jeans, favorite shirts and skirts or any fabric you have around the house. If you don't feel ready to take on a blanket - and to be honest, it's kind of a two-person project because it's so big and heavy, it helps to have another set of hands to help feed the material through the presser foot. But you could always start with pillowcases. That's one project we used to do for Christmas when the kids were young. I'd take them to the fabric store and let them pick out fun fabrics and then we'd sew pillowcases that they still use today.
Gifts can be fun and useful without being wasteful and frivolous.
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