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Holiday Hint #1: Gift Brainstorming

Posted by Ali on October 20 at 02:29 pm

This post is part of a series for the 2011 Holiday Season… Follow along on the Holiday Page!

It’s always around this time every year that I start to feel the stress of holiday gift making. This year, I’ll be making an untold number of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for all the wonderful ladies in my life. They all have different tastes, styles, and favorite colors.

Over the past few years, I’ve come up with a way to get my thoughts organized and my creativity flowing. I start by making a list of everyone that will need a gift. Then, next to each of their names I write down everything I know about their style and fashion preferences — what they like to wear, where they fall on the funky-to-conservative scale, where they like to shop, their favorite colors and anything else I think will help me design something they’ll love.

Starting off with this list has served me well. It has helped me design gifts that are well-received, decide which beads and supplies I need to purchase, and last but not least, it has helped me get a grip on just how much work I have to do before it’s too late!

I hope this helps. If you have something that works for you, please share it in the comments!

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  1. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Thanks Ali! Great ideas…I’ve fallen a little behind on my gift-making, now I think I can get moving. :)

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    qltldy10 says:

    I’ve been thinking about doing a Christmas Pick, lol, so maybe I can see what others are thinking aboout Christmas, lol…and maybe get some great beads at 20% off as a POD!!

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    qltldy10 says:

    oops, here’s my organizational tip. I have a bead holder with large sections- I wrote ‘Holidays’ on it with a sharpie marker. Whenever I bring home beads that I think will work for a holiday like Christmas or Easter, I stick it in that box. When I start thinking about Holiday jewlery, I go to that box to start the design~

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    Karen aka kidsauthor says:

    I,too, have been starting on the jewelry for the holiday gift giving. Your ideas are splendid and will be very helpful to me as I gather more on the list, lots of ladies on my list…both young & older! Among my pieces will be a SteamPunk item for my 13yr old grandaughter, that should be fun! Thankyou for sharing your ideas with all of us.

  5. Becca W
    Becca W says:

    This summer, I asked all the women in my family to email me a picture or two of a trip they took the past year that they really enjoyed. I got great photos – beaches, leaves in fall weekend trips, New York, England, etc. My plan is to design jewelry for them for Christmas using thier vacation photo for inspiration. I’ll include a scanned image of thier pic on the package card with thier piece, maybe a little note about the trip. So far it’s going well, and the great thing is that I get to shop for specific unique-y’s!

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    Katie N says:

    I usually pick a single category for my “girlfriend gifts” each year: bracelets, earrings, pendants. Then I narrow it down to a certain style or technique I want more practice with: steampunk, chainmail, wire work, bead stitching, etc. That gives me enough limits, and I can customize from that point. I find I get the gifts done much more quickly, with less stress.

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