It’s that time of the year when finding a perfect gift begins as a slow train of thoughts and list-making and ends in feverish Google searches for something special as the holidays approach. No matter how uncommercial you are going this year, inevitably you will be purchasing a gift for a Secret Santa, White Elephant, Pink Pony—whatever the title may be. Even if your gifts will be lovingly handmade at your kitchen table or purchased online while enjoying a cup of coffee with Christmas movies on in the background, shopping can be a daunting experience. For some, it’s a nice day out with the girls where bargains are lauded over lunch and wine after a few stores have been canvassed. And, still some will ceremoniously fight the crowds and lines to nab that great find at nearby malls.
“Dashing through the sand, with a margarita in my hand! The beach life is so fun, we’re having Christmas in the sun….. “ Come on everybody, sing along! Who needs holiday songs where they’re dreaming of a white Christmas, and settling in by the fire? Not us. We’re Floridians and we’ll leave the need for cold, snow, ice, and rosy cheeks to the Northerners.
Aah, summer! Your offerings have included Grand Prix Boat Races and grand fireworks over the Gulf, celebrating America’s birthday. You’ve provided opportunities for fun days spent on the beach with loved ones followed up by messy ice cream traces left on sun-kissed noses. But just as quickly as you arrived, back-to-school flyers and commercials are reminding us your time is waning.
When it comes to gift giving, some people just nail it with a perfectly crafted, blended, baked, or otherwise personally handmade item. Whether it’s furniture made from discarded pallets, knitted sweaters and scarves, or some tasty confectionery masterpiece, complete with cake box and doily, some people make it look easy.