Crafting Winter Solstice Gifts

A calming lavender foot bath – made and photographed by Grey Catsidhe, 2012

For the past several weeks, I’ve been very busy crafting gifts for the Winter Solstice!  Making things for others is one of my favorite things to do with my talents, and I only wish I had started sooner on this year’s gifts.  Several ideas will have to wait until next Yuletide!  

I’ve been sewing, knitting, and crocheting several fun pieces, but I’ve also been trying my hand at some beauty products.  Stumped on what to give an older family member suffering with illness, I decided to make the calming lavender foot bath photographed above using lavender, epsom salt, and essential oils.  I hope he gets some use out of it and that it brings him some relief!  

Crafting for loved ones is such a magical act for me.  I spend a lot of time thinking and meditating on what is just right for an individual.  Sometimes, Brighid sends me some inspiration but often I keep tabs on what people admire or need throughout the year.  I then set to work, making offerings to Brighid in thanks and putting my love into the objects I create.  

Are any of my readers making gifts for the holidays this year?

Published by M. A. Phillips

An author and Druid living in Northern NY.

9 thoughts on “Crafting Winter Solstice Gifts

  1. I am making a Yule card for my fiance and his family. I was so busy that I wasn’t able to make gifts! I ordered most of them off Amazon. 🙂

    1. Oh, I too order from Amazon. Most of my shopping these past few years, though, has been through local artisans and farmers. I love finding unique things that are just right for loved ones! Sometimes, though (as is often the case with my husband), he likes things that cannot be made by an artisan.

  2. I made and sent out a bunch of cards- stamps are about all I can afford this year. I have some skill at calligraphy (not much, but some) so they are hand made cards with decorative art on them. It’s about all I could really manage.

    I like the footbath idea… might have to see about making up some for my dad. He’d likely turn his nose up at it if it smelled to ‘girly’ though. Oh well.

    1. I bet your cards were absolutely beautiful! I recently bought my husband a calligraphy set as it’s something he’d like to try his hand at. I’m hoping he continues to practice.

      I’ve amassed so many art supplies over the years that I often only need to supplement my projects with a few new purchases. If I didn’t have a collection of materials, it would cost me quite a bit. Money is tight as it is, so I understand.

  3. I’m making wire wrapped gemstone pendants for the ladies, a couple of food goodies, and I also did a painting. That’s about it. lol. I love your foot bath idea though!

    1. Oh those sound lovely! You’ve been doing some amazing things with gems and wire! Definitely get to Sticks and Stones if you haven’t already! I miss that shop…

      I’ve done so much sewing and fiber art. My hands are starting to feel twisted! LOL!

      1. Thank you! I love doing it too! I do want to go to Sticks and Stones…just have to get out there and I swear I’ve been so busy. I’m sure what you’ve made is gorgeous and hope to see some of it! Hope your hands feel better. hehe

    1. Everyone seems to like them! I’m blessed to have a lot of artistic friends and family. We really value the time and thought people put into their creations. 🙂

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