How do you feel about handmade and DIY birthday gifts?
There’s something sweet and genuine about the awkwardly tied bow, the quirky illustrations, and the novice scrawl of child-wrapped gifts.
But what about the gift itself? In our life of easy consumerism and excessive stuff, spending time on a gift holds a value that cannot be purchased. Let’s face it, time is priceless.
I realized that when we took on my recent idea to make this moon piñata for a special birthday girl. As I cut and glued, I thought, more than once, how easy it would be to run up the street to the mega bookstore and choose a wonderful book or art project like I normally do. Then I saw ev threading the bracelet from the neat jewelry kit her uncle and auntie had gifted for Christmas. Then I watched as she collected little treasures that she had not used and thought her friend might like. I appreciated the time we had together in meaningful work. As I stuffed seven dollars into a little wallet for the seven-year-old to be, I thought about how much I had loved the piñata as a girl.
For the little boy turning five we started with a pouch of five dollar bills. Then we added a super ball and wrapped that on top of the cash. We ended up with five layers of little trinkets just right for a boy’s pocket. I imagined how fun it would be to unwrap a gift only to find another and another and another and another!
We’ve only done this twice. I hope the children are as enchanted as I am. I hope the parents don’t mistake me for cheap!
I suppose if we ever book out our weekends to birthday parties, as so often seems to happen, we will make that run to the bookstore.
Would you make a birthday gift for another? Would your child like to receive gifts such as these?