In keeping with my belated christmas posts, I have another for you (and at least two more on the way).
In this one, I get crafty.
In addition to pango jam, Andy and I gave a few handmade stuffed toys as presents. I have recently rekindled my love of crochet, and decided to enter the surprisingly prolific world of amigurumi -- Japanese stuffed toys.
For my nephews in the US, I made two little monster dolls, from this pattern. Each took about a day to make.
Apparently they loved them, or at least the younger of the two did. Upon opening their presents, the 18-month old grabbed both his and his brother's monsters.
Another crochet gift was quickly thrown together for Andy's brother, who recently spent a year living on Macquarie Island -- an sub-Antarctic island full of penguins, seals, and other wildlife. I looked up a few penguin patterns, messed one up and improvised it until I got a semi-cute (though lopsided) result. This one only took a few hours, including several stuff-ups!
To go with everyone's pango jam, I crocheted some pineapple fridge magnets, which took about 10 minutes each.
And for our kitty friends, I made some catnip toys, which took 20 minutes max.
I'm already brainstorming about the handmade gifts to give next year!