It’s been a few weeks since we’ve been upstate due to holiday parties, family events, etc. But our last trip did result in this:
Being cut down by Anuj and driven back to Harlem where it’s currently sparkling in the corner:
It’s not the biggest tree in the world, but we decided to apply this year’s theme of ‘restraint’ to the holiday decor and gift-giving. This means there will be no Gift of the Magi happening on Christmas morning.
I did my best to buy only handmade gifts this year (mostly through etsy.com) as a way to keep things personalized and meaningful, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Family member spoiler alert: please stop reading if you want to be surprised on Christmas!
Here’s a sampling of the beautiful items I scooped up as gifts this year.
This print from 12fifteen for my sister-in-law:
These coasters from 12fifteen for my mother and father-in-law:
This adorable print from JHill Design for my nephew:
These recipe cards from Moontree Press (right around the corner from my office in Brooklyn) for my step-mom and step-sister-in-law:
These notecards from Le Canot Rouge for my Dad and step-mom:
And these ornaments from Beehive Kitchenware for my mom:
This is only a slice of my family. You can imagine the challenge in keeping Christmas affordable. Initially, I thought the handmade rule was going to be restrictive, but it turned out to be really fun (and easy) to shop from my computer. Most of the items came with a hand-written note and were beautifully wrapped.
Thanks to the many blogs that recommended these merchants and artists.