This year, each of our children received three handmade gifts.
Our oldest daughter lives and teaches in Shanghai, China. Even before we knew that we’d be in Southern Ontario over the Christmas season, we knew that she would be flying here with her partner to spend Christmas with her partner’s family. That meant that her gifts needed to be ones that could easily fit into her suitcase for her return flight to Shanghai.
For her first gift, I decided to make her a travel set.
Our daughter loves to do cross-stitch so for her second gift, I designed a stitchery keeper.
The third gift that each of our children received was a set of two Christmas elves.
You can see pictures of the elves and the story behind them here.
I also made a couple of little things for her partner, so that he would feel included.
A while back, I posted photos on my blog showing this little coin frame purse. When he saw the photos, he mentioned that he could use something like that to hold all his coins, so I designed this smaller, flatter version for him.
He also received one of the fleece patchwork scarves pictured below.
I made the scarf following my tutorial for How to Sew a Patchwork Scarf except I cut the patchwork squares 2.5″X6.5″ and the fleece 11.5″X60″.
His third gift wasn’t handmade but was something he mentioned really wanting. He has a favourite tea that he can’t get in China, so we bought him four boxes to take back with him.