What I got for Christmas…

Well…not what I got for Christmas exactly…what I got other people. 

I get to cross another item off my 101 list…I bought everyone on my list a handmade present for Christmas this year!  Back in November I decided that I didn’t want to buy the same old stuff this year…and I wanted to support small businesses, instead of huge retail chains.  It was a challenge…especially when it came to my nephews…because they wanted toys and video games…but I managed to do it and the result was more meaningful gifts that everyone loved.  Also…I didn’t have to go to the mall once.  I went to Target and Michael’s a few times, but that was it.  I can’t tell you how happy I am about this decision…because I went to the mall last night to do some returns and it was a NIGHTMARE!!!  It’s amazing that I managed to get out of there without killing someone.   I’ll go back there sometime around February, when the crowds are gone.

Now that all my gifts have been given, I can share some of them with you…

Mom got a gorgeous scarf from Starknitting


The detail work on this is just amazing.



Dad got an angel frog from Butterfly June for good luck…

So adorable that I'm buying one for myself.


And he got a print from Mae Chevrette because Dad’s a huge Beatles fan…

There are lots to choose from...it's not just Beatles lyrics.

My nephews got adorable crayons from Crayon Mavens

I bought cars and dinosaurs, but they have crayons in every single shape you can imagine.

Edward (my parents’ dog, who was not named after Twilight) got a bed of his own from One Posh Pup

Edward's was not pink and leopard...it was much more manly...and he loved it.

Some of my friends got wine charms from Jellisen Designs

I had a hard time parting with these.

All my nephews got monster hats from Many Happy Hours

They looked absolutely adorable in these.

Some other friends got makeup bags from Itsy Bitsy Briggsy

So cute and really well made and a great price...you can't beat it.

And last, but not least, my grandfather got a gorgeous blanket from Cozy Home Crochet

The work on this blanket was just beautiful.

My plan to shop small was very successful and I plan to continue that as much as possible in the future. 

So what did you get for Christmas?  Do you love it?  Did you get any big post-Christmas deals at the mall?
Come back tomorrow for pictures of J dressed as Santa.


  1. These are great gifts, Shana! We did mostly homemade, but some stuff we had to break down and buy from big retailers and/or online. I’m hoping next year we’ll be able to do a 100% homemade/small business Christmas. I love those art prints. Gorgeous!

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

  2. Wow, those are some fantastic gifts! I received a few books and some kitchen accessories. I’m a happy camper!

  3. Mike and I did this last year – not everything was handmade but it all came from local stores – nothing was from a big name store not even the wrapping paper – thankfully most places wrapped for us, and those that didn’t had used craft wrap or bags made with kraft wrap and I was able to snag some from my office to wrap boxes. We used only ribbon from years prior and purchased NOTHING but gifts. It was awesome. This year Mike and I did a lot of online shopping and in the end I think cost ourselves more with shipping when it wasn’t free – but it was much less stressful than running to a ton of stores. I didn’t go to the mall one time! THANK GOODNESS!

    You did an amazing job those gifts are ADORABLE!!! ox

  4. I did something similar this year and made sure that *most* of the gifts I found were from small retailers. There were only one or two items I either needed for myself or for someone else (and couldn’t be handmade) and therefore had to jump online. SO MUCH HAPPIER that I didn’t step into a single store to do my holiday shopping this year.

    Hope you and J had a very merry Christmas, Shana! Looking forward to Santa pics.

    Oh, and my favorite gift was the Kindle Fire. I have no idea what I’m doing but it was an awesome (and totally unexpected gift). I have wanted an ereader for awhile but it was a purchase I knew I would never make myself so I was happy.


  5. These are lovely gifts! I did a buy local challenge this year and I’m happy to say I succeeded, 100%. All designed, grown or made in Hawaii.

    I also stuck to my budget in the process.

    I especially love the scarf and the print.

  6. Ours was a primarily commercial Christmas (no such thing as indie e-readers, ya know?) but it was a fun one despite it. I did remind myself of a goal I had ages ago to make everyone ornaments for Christmas and I think I’m going to start, oh, NOW so I can actually do that for next year :)

    Happy New Year!

  7. Love those wine charms :). I managed to buy a few gifts from etsy this year as well as make a few things. My fave etsy gift I purchased this year was a hand towel for my sister that says “you look pretty today”. I even managed to get B a wine glass holder from etsy. Finding gifts for guys on there can be pretty hard.

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