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Make your gifts craft-tacular this holiday season

Well, the holidays are upon us, and for the second year in a row I am crocheting my way into the hearts and minds of my friends and loved ones by making all my gifts.

Now, there are people who SWEAR that it’s just AWESOME to get up at 4 a.m. on Black Friday and head to Wal-Mart for all the sweet deals you can get, but let’s face it. I’ve got a lot of crap in my home. All my friends have a lot of crap. They may not need more crap, but they could probably use a new scarf this year.

With so much commercialism – and so many folks trying to live within their means – buying and making handmade goods is the best way not only to show someone you care about them, but also to support someone’s craft or art.

Today I took the pledge to buy handmade goods for this holiday season, You can take the same pledge at All it requires is you buy handmade goods this season – and request that others do the same for you.

This year I’ve made several afghans for loved ones as wedding presents. I can’t tell you how thankful they are that someone’s two hands took the time to make them. They are gifts these friends will cherish forever.

If you don’t consider yourself a DIY person, there are plenty of places such as Etsy, or your local specialty store, that sell a number of handmade goods. Look for fair trade products as well. The Global Exchange Store has a number of fair-trade gifts that are absolutely lovely.

This season, try to steer clear of the video games, the cheap-labor products and the electronics that will be useless in five years. We’re in an economic and global crisis. This is a great way to make a change.

If you have any additional suggestions for hand-crafted goods, tell me in the comments section!

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