“For it is in giving that we receive” – St Francis of Assisi
I always appreciate handmade gifts for campers given from a friend. They say “you’re worth my time and I know what you like!” It doesn’t matter what it cost to make it, the fact that they thought enough of me to put in the effort and time is priceless. The hard part of handmade gifts is often deciding what the gift will be.
I love function as much as form. I do not like white elephants that just sit around and collect dust. I like to receive useful gifts and give gifts that can be used.
I was hosting a bunch of women camping in May of 2017. The day they arrived I found out I had kidney cancer. When I told them sitting around the fire that night they asked why I didn’t cancel. I was so grateful for the support and encouragement they gave to me that after they left I wanted to make each and every attendee a gift that would remind them of that weekend and the strength they are capable of giving to another person.
I bit off a little more than I could chew when I started soldering each charm on. I worked day and night to complete twenty-nine necklaces before my surgery. In doing so I realized how poor my vision really is! But I finished before I had my kidney removed and was happy that I was able to give back a little of the encouragement I received.
Janine has given several easy and useful gift suggestions for a fellow camper. I will be putting these to good use this Christmas! Check out the article here.