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For years and years, we’ve been exchanging gifts within the Warner extended family. Now that the kids are getting older and the family is expanding, we’ve had to modify the gift giving somewhat. Over the past couple of years we’ve chosen to give handmade or consumable gifts.

This past Christmas (yeah, we’re in 2012 already), after having taken a bookbinding class earlier in the year, I decided to make books for everyone. Here they are:

Handmade gift books by Mary Warner, 2011

Handmade gift books by Mary Warner, 2011

Okay, here they are again, lined up nicely:

Handmade gift books in some kind of order by Mary Warner, 2011

Handmade gift books in some kind of order by Mary Warner, 2011

When I made these, I purposely chose cover papers that I felt matched the personality of the recipient.

My personal favorite is the dark blue one in the upper left corner because it’s subdued on the outside, but …

Shiny green interior paper on handmade book by Mary Warner, 2011

Shiny green interior paper on handmade book by Mary Warner, 2011

… there’s a party going on inside.

Here’s what the books, with pens, look like wrapped:

Wrapped handmade books & pens, 2011

Wrapped handmade books & pens, 2011

They look like candy this way.

In keeping with the Warner family theme of handmade or consumables, one of my sisters-in-law knitted various items for everyone. Here’s what she made for me:

Slipper socks by S. Warner, 2011

Slipper socks by S. Warner, 2011

Another sister-in-law has recently taken up pottery, so she made everyone pots for Christmas. Here is our set:

Handmade bowls by J. Warner, 2011

Handmade bowls by J. Warner, 2011

My other sister-in-law, who loves to cook, went the consumable route. She provided everyone with ingredients for a favorite chili recipe (all except the meat, onions & garlic). She included her modifications to the recipe. The chili was delicious.

Do you give handmade or consumable gifts for Christmas, or do you have some other interesting gift-giving tradition for the winter holidays? Please share in the comments.