Make the PERFECT HANDMADE GIFT 1
Buy pre-primed canvas and acrylic paints.
Use fingers to apply paint to canvas; do not worry about trying to achieve a certain effect. Wait for canvas to dry.
Instead of wrapping the painting, leave it on an easel dramatically covered with a sheet and a large bow.
On Christmas morning, theatrically unveil your masterpiece.
Explain how it represents your relationship with the recipient. Your loved ones will be impressed with your artistic vision, especially if they don’t understand it.
Make sure they display your creation prominently. Act hurt if they don’t.
R E G A R DI NG
RE -GIF T ING
e-gifting is a huge no-no, so it is important to avoid being caught while doing it. ¶ That old sweater that Grandma knit for you in sixth grade? It doesn’t fit your aesthetic these days, but it might work for that BFF still clinging to hipster fashion choices. That vase from your boyfriend with the dead flowers in it? It might be a better fit for your friend in Gardening Club. ¶ The key is to keep the prior giver separate from the future recipient. That means your bestie can’t come to Grandma’s weekly tea parties, and your boyfriend will have to sit out ladies’ night.
HAND MADE GIFTS
Because of the perceived amount of effort that it takes to make a gift, the best thing about handmade presents is that they can be utter trash. Tired grandmothers have been capitalizing on this loophole for years, but to improve on the model go for something that seems complicated to the kinetically stunted, but in reality requires no more than the motor skills of a newborn. Ideas include: tiedye t-shirts, personalized cell phone cases and “abstract” paintings. (If you’re a real bummer, you can make one of those “gift coupon” books.) DECEMBER 2016 //