This year I decided to hand make all of my Christmas gifts for family and friends. An ambitious task some might think and yes it does involve a lot more than a credit card and a battle in the shopping center car park. It involves time and creativity and the confidence to actually share your ideas with others and believing that they too will see their value and enjoy them. This was perhaps the most difficult part, as I personally love handmade goods and would be more than delighted with some re-purposed accessories, clothes or some sugar & cinnamon or spicy paprika nuts, I wasn't totally sure that others would appreciate these types of gifts as much as me. So, I did it anyway and guess what...they loved them! I made a range of jewellery and deli style treats and I am pleased (and relieved) to say they were a hit. It takes time and a lot of effort but I think it is most definitely worth it for those special people in your life.