by Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer 
Medford blogger, author, entertainer.
I love the change of season, and thinking ahead to creative homemade gifts to make for friends whose day you want to brighten, specifically homemade gifts for her. Quite honestly, I think women get into the homemade and men are more cool with store-bought. I could be wrong.
We all want to be thoughtful and gracious, to find the perfect hostess gift or get well gift or “I’m thinking of you,” gift.
This week I bought $2.98 mums for a few friends in mind, and quickly transformed them into fall. I added a leaf, a brown paper bag, and wrote out “FALL” and “AUTUMN” on the bags. One for a thank you to our friends who hosted our family for dinner on Sunday night, one for my friend who’s very sick right now, and one for my widowed neighbor down the street.
Easy! And also great for party favor ideas!
Starting the process early, being prepared, and making several at the same time also saves a ton of time!
Then as the new season rolls around, you’re ready with gifts to give.
How many times do we have to quickly run to the store for a bottle of wine, a candle, or flowers?
Getting organized at home, and looking for bargains, saves time, money, and I think makes it very special to give.
When you can’t make homemade, keeping a few gifts on hand in is a good idea:
A bottle of something special. What’s your favorite barbecue sauce, specialty chutney, jelly, vinegars, salsa or even a lotion or soap?
Green gifts. Reusable totes, soy candles, garden seeds, and even dried Marigold or flower seeds.
Gadgets.: Wine stoppers, kitchen towels and potholders, blank note cards.
I love watching for sales, and picking up unique items, and when it’s a new season … it’s fun to think outside the box and spread a little seasonal cheer.
In this case, a beautiful autumn mum with a little DIY added touch.
What’s your favorite homemade gift to give this time of year?