Save Money, Stress, and the Environment by Planning Early for Christmas
This will drive some people crazy, I'm sure but it's just over six months until Christmas and for once I'm trying to get an early start. I like to make homemade gifts and every year I say I'm going to start early so I'm done really early and can just enjoy the season.
This year I'm really hoping that will happen. I've started making my list of what I want to make. My hope is to buy supplies as they are on sale since I'm starting ahead of time. I dream of being all done with craft (other than food crafts of course) by Thanksgiving so I can relax during December.
If you plan ahead you can save money and handmade gifts can also be very eco-friendly. Last year I didn't have much time to craft because I started late but I did make some crocheted produce bags, softies, and a few other little things. I also made all of my cards for the third or forth year. For the crocheted items I used organic yarn I already had and the produce bags were extra green since they replace plastic produce bags. For the cards I did have to buy some paper and couldn't find recycled but I make sure to use every little piece so there isn't much waste and some of the paper was recycled.
In the past I also have made peppermint bath salts and for those I saved glass food jars to put them in. I've also saved cookie tins from my guilty, non-organic, pleasure, danish butter cookies. I plan to use those this year for any baked goods I make.
If you plan ahead you can really save money and make you Christmas greener this year. You will also reduce some holiday stress. So do you think you will start planning soon for the holidays? Also any tips for making green gifts and/or staying on track?