Friday, December 23, 2011
Handmade Personalized Lockets
Do you ever have a hard time trying to think of a thoughtful Christmas gift for the special gals in your life? I know that I struggle with that from time to time. As most of you know, I am a nanny for a family with two girls. Finding the right gift for the girls and the parents can be challenging for me whenever gift giving time comes around. The girls have a ton of toys, so I try to avoid the toy stores when I'm contemplating what gifts to get them. For Christmas, I always try to give the girls something small that incorporates the true meaning of Christmas, Christ birth, and then I usually get them something that we can do together like craft kits or games. Sometimes I’ll even make them something sentimental.
Recently I made jewelry and posted about it here. Both Mom and Daughters really liked the jewelry that I made, so I decided to personalize a few pieces for them and add it to their Christmas gifts this year. For the mom, I made a necklace with a locket of the girl’s pictures and an appropriate quote inside. For the girls I made necklaces with lockets as well, but I tried to incorporate a small piece of my faith inside their locket. On the inside of their locket I glued a mustard seed, and then I made a tiny scroll with the verse Matthew written on it and put it inside the locket. When the necklaces were finished I put them in festive sachets that I had leftover from previous gift giving ideas, and attached them to the top of their wrapped presents.
Since I already had most of the jewelry making supplies, this was a relatively inexpensive gift idea. While inexpensive, the fact that it was handmade makes it thoughtful and specific to the person’s taste. And by adding a locket, I was able to take it step further and personalize the gifts. So next time you’re trying to think of a thoughtful gift for the special ladies of your life, try being creative with jewelry making;)