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give | a handcrafted gift guide


Are you feeling the Christmas craze yet friends? I am incredibly excited about the holiday season this year. It is the first year our family will be coming to our home + we will have snow (I’ve always dreamed of having a white Christmas).

I am also thrilled to be continuing our family tradition of celebrating advent conspiracy. A focus on giving gifts made by hand, from the heart, gifts of relational time and creative effort. Giving away some of the money we would have spent buying things to serve those in need. Specifically, to build wells and provide clean water. You can read more about the conspiracy or watch the promo video for the project, if you are interested.

Along with my passion for handcrafting celebrations I have decided to do a gift guide this year, but with a DIY twist! The week following Thanksgiving will be filled with roundups of my favorite presents to make (stuff that people will really want to get). New projects I have been working on and tips for all things needed to celebrate a holiday crafted by hand.

Photo by Carly Taylor for a subtle revelry.



  • Nicole
    November 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Ooh, I SO eagerly await your gift guide. And what lovely idea, advent conspiracy. I’m checking out their website….now!

  • Rebecca - A Daily Something
    November 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Can’t wait for your guide! :) It’s so so excited that you’re hosting family for Christmas this year – it’s always so cozy when family comes for the holidays :)

  • becca
    November 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Really looking forward to this! How much fun are the holidays!?

  • Hana
    November 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Victoria, I can’t wait to read your handmade gift guide! I know that for me, the most memorable gifts I received as a child where made by my presents especially for me.

    My husband and I have been trying to make a concerted effort to give more homemade presents to our girls this year. For Christmas I will be sewing each of them a dress, and I’m also attempting pyjamas for the older two (I’m a new sewer so it’s a bit of an eek!) … I also bought an old TV cabinet a few months ago which we will be turning into a play kitchen. I’m kind of lost with homemade stocking stuffers though! Anyway, can’t wait to see what you have in store – I know it will be awesome!! H xo

    • Victoria
      November 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      Hana, that is great to hear! Thanks for the idea of including stocking stuffer items, I will remember that:)

  • Lena
    November 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Oh I’m so excited-there’s nothing I love more than good gift guide!

  • sherri lynn @ life of a wife
    November 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I’m so excited for your DIY gift guide! I’ve been trying to be more creative with gifts lately, and I need some more DIY ideas!

  • Rach
    November 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I love that you guys are involved with advent conspiracy! What a wonderful organization!

  • Stephie
    November 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Yeah Vicroria! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! I love the reindeer in the photo – I have some of those too – how I love Ikea. I don’t know how you go without one nearby. I have two – terribly spoilt aren’t I?!

    Hugs to you,
    Stephie x

  • Mar
    November 8, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I absolut looooove the advent conspiracy!!! I’m in this Christmas!!!
    I’m thinking in a handmade gift plus a pretty card saying that the gift is the detail AND the donation! I think people will love it!!

    Thanks for sharing the advent conspiracy!!!

  • Andrea @ Strawberry-Chic
    November 8, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I love the concept of giving hand-made gifts, but I’ll admit, it’s hard to know if my gift recipients feel the same (especially the in-laws :)

    I have a goal to make as many Christmas gifts this year as I can! can’t wait to see more of your ideas!

    • Victoria
      November 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

      Andrea, that has definitely been one of our biggest struggles. I do think there are very cool projects out there though that even the pickiest of receivers will love:)

      Plus, we try not to live this celebration like a law. We make as much as we can, when we can bless people that way. We buy presents too, when that seems like more of a blessing for people and we focus on relational gifts when we can. So if we are going to buy something, maybe it will be a great dinner out, or show together or picnic blanket with promises of summer outings.

  • Gemma
    November 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    ooh so excited for this! I have made all my Christmas gifts for the past 2 years and intend to again this year so looking forward to some inspiration! x


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