i think part of it is that i fret that a jar, or two, of something handmade won't please my family. i think my friends will appreciate it, but my family—well i've known them since the age of rampant materialistic gift-giving so i haven't quite gotten it out of my mind that that is what they want.
so thursday night i put on some music and whipped up some:
- homemade peanut butter doggy treats for my fur-loving friends
- homemade playdough for my neice and nephew
- lavender-vanilla simple syrup
if i had thought ahead of time, i would have kept track of everything i've spent. but given that i have enough items to gift dozens (yes, multiple!) of friends and family, i think i am still ahead of the game.