div style="color: #292929; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 0.75rem; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: 16px; word-spacing: 1px;" data-originalcomputedfontsize="12" data-originalfontsize="12px"For me, December includes a lot of giving and even more receiving of gifts.. (my birthday being on the 6th, as well of course Christmas Day.)/div
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div style="color: #292929; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 0.75rem; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: 16px; word-spacing: 1px;" data-originalcomputedfontsize="12" data-originalfontsize="12px" The list of planned makes was vast.. Salt mixes, chai latte jars, key rings, ornaments and the thing i did actually make some of, felt key rings./div
div style="color: #292929; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 0.75rem; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: 16px; word-spacing: 1px;" data-originalcomputedfontsize="12" data-originalfontsize="12px" My main achievement and work put into bespoke keyring's for my brother and sister in law. Despite the wonky owl eyes, I was quite pleased with my efforts. /div
div style="color: #292929; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 0.75rem; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: 16px; word-spacing: 1px;" data-originalcomputedfontsize="12" data-originalfontsize="12px" I had been carrying the creations around with me, so i could do a few minutes work here or there… but gradually realised with everything i have on in my schedule, there wasn't enough spare minutes to make spare hours to see all my well thought out plans come to fruition…. It just wasn't going to happen…./div
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div style="color: #292929; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 0.75rem; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: 16px; word-spacing: 1px;" data-originalcomputedfontsize="12" data-originalfontsize="12px" As I began looking around for presents that referenced something that meant something in regards to the person or to our relationship together…/div
div style="color: #292929; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 0.75rem; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: 16px; word-spacing: 1px;" data-originalcomputedfontsize="12" data-originalfontsize="12px" Something struck me, Whether it had been part of my original plan, or if it was just going into my shopping cart with the click of a button.. a great deal of thought had gone into what i had chosen. I knew exactly why i was getting it, even if it wasn't obvious to others around me or even to the person themselves./div
div style="color: #292929; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 0.75rem; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: 16px; word-spacing: 1px;" data-originalcomputedfontsize="12" data-originalfontsize="12px" Over the years Ive had many gifts that I've opened, and after a polite thank you and a smile, have gone on the top of a pile of items not to be touched again till two years later when I'm decluttering and looking around for things to give away to charity.. /div
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div style="color: #292929; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 0.75rem; font-variant-alternates: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; line-height: 16px; word-spacing: 1px;" data-originalcomputedfontsize="12" data-originalfontsize="12px" But this year as obvious it seems when you say it…, i regularly just don't about every gift i add to the cast off pile, (however ill conceived), was usually thought about, …. its colour, its scent, its flavour, something given to share with your family, a present to encourage a hobby or a skill perhaps, even to bring you relief or comfort while you are working a long shift. However tacky, trite, or downright bizarre it is, it was bought with you in mind and given or sent with Love…/div
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