Giving gifts from the heart is the very best way to bless the person you are giving to. Which type of gift would you rather give – a mass-produced, latest/greatest, just-like-everyone-else-has gift? Or something unique, one-of-a-kind gift full of personal meaning? It’s easy to grab the hottest thing off the shelf and send it on its way but for me, the thrill of seeking out just the right gift that shows my appreciation or crafting a gift on my own for a special friend brings joy not only to the receiver of the gift but the giver as well!
I like to think outside the box and that is when I turn to some of my favorite experts on pinterest. When my inspiration runs low or I am not finding just the right something for someone I often turn to my pinterest boards for creative solutions. I’ll be honest, I don’t always enjoy scrolling through dozens and dozens of pinned posts only to find they weren’t what I expected or trying ideas and failing. That’s why I wanted to introduce some experts I follow on pinterest. These ladies know their stuff. When you browse their boards and visit their pins you’ll be wow’d!
A gift from the heart that has been crafted by hand is a most special gift. My friend Kim at Day to Day Adventures is my go-to rag rug expert. The skill with which she crafts beautiful but useful Amish rag rugs for her home amazes me. I had always been a bit intimidated, not sure I really wanted to take on something like that but she collected her posts showing us the skills, tricks and tips for making them in her following this Rag Rug board. Or maybe you’d like to dive right in? You’ll want to visit her Rag Rug resource page where you’ll find everything you need to get started.
Do you sew? Would you like to learn? Danielle over at Spring Lake Homestead shares amazing sewing tutorials which include step-by-step instructions. She shares the most basic how-to information so you can teach yourself (or even a child) and has beautiful projects for the more advanced sewer as well. Her follow her sewing Pinterest board is amazing – chock full of ideas and inspiration! Whether you are shopping for the seamstress in your life or someone who’s a beginner, Danielle’s gift list for the sewist will give you plenty of ideas to please them.
Kathi from Oak Hill Homestead gives us glimpses of life on the homestead. I sometimes pop over to her site just to get a booster shot of back to basics living. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to simple living and homesteading. Her recipes and tutorials are amazing. For those in your life who love gardening, simple living or those who might be homesteader-wanna-be’s, Kathi’s Homesteader’s Gift Guide for 2017 is full of gift ideas that come from the heart and the hand.
Sweet gifts from your own kitchen are always a winning idea. I have enjoyed getting to get to know Michelle from Souly Rested this fall as she prepared for the launch of her new book Sweet Maple. It’s amazing what she and her family have learned and accomplished as they work their piece of New England land. Including making their own maple syrup! You may not be looking to tap your own trees or boil the sap down to make your own maple syrup, but using pure maple syrup to sweeten home-baked gifts will definitely please everyone on your list. Visit Michelle’s Sweet Maple board on pinterest not only for gift ideas but an education in all things maple (and to learn about the release of her new book !)
And there’s the gift of time. And encouragement. And experience. And friendship. Homeschooling moms can often isolate themselves or set standards too high for themselves. I’ve been homeschooling our children for almost 3 decades and I love sharing with moms who are on that journey. Raising children and educating them, too, can be a monumental task. It’s overwhelming at times but not impossible! My Homeschooling Boards on Pinterest are full of ideas that encourage, inspire and motivate moms. Consider it my gift to you.