Tis the season of craft fair and markets, and I have been to a few already in the past two weeks with hopes to attend a couple of more in the weeks to come. The problem with these markets and fairs is that, for all the gorgeous and intriguing items for sale, there actually are very few items I can justify buying.
Christmas and birthday season is rapidly approaching. (Four out of the five members of my family have a birthday between December 23 and February 13.) Although we seldom go crazy with our gift giving, the process of finding Christmas gifts for everyone can be stressful and challenging.
Finding gifts for my daughter is a breeze, and I could have easily selected a dozen or more items from the craft fairs just for her. While I did pick up a few small items for her, I also left many thing behind. She is so easy to buy for.
My two sons, however, are the exact opposite. It is always a challenge to find gifts that they will like and enjoy or use. They have their interests and hobbies, but they seldom need anything added to them. Clothing is hit or miss. My younger son has his own sense of style and I have none. My oldest son prefers only a couple of favourite t-shirts and is extremely fussy about what he will wear, even if there is no style involved in his decisions. Both rarely use gift cards. They don’t really do knick-knacks or paddywhacks either. I suppose I should be glad that my boys do not have expensive tastes or extravagant lifestyles, and I am; however, I would also like to be able to give them a gift without scouring the face of the Earth for something they will actually like.
Craft fairs tend to be heavy on the feminine…pottery, jewelry, skin care, scarves, toques, clothing, greeting cards, candles, tea, and so on. Or baby and children’s items. There’s nothing wrong with any of those things, although I am personally weary of the endless booths of jewelry and toques, but I’m not a hat person and I don’t wear a lot of jewelry (and already have a fair bit). Besides, I’m not trying to shop for myself! I am trying to do Christmas shopping and failing, but at least I was able to spend some time with a friend.