But, look… there’s a perfect birthday present for my best friend… Oh, and a perfect Christmas present for my mom… and, ooooohhhh ... look at that!
My rule meant that until I actually had some cash, I couldn’t spend. After doing this a few times, I started rethinking my rule. Did it really make sense?
First of all, I have to get a gift for my friend, or my mom, or my brother, or my spouse, or whoever. So, would I rather go to the department store and get something that everyone else has or would I rather get something that is unique and can’t be found anywhere else?
I’d go for unique any time.
And then, if I have to buy a gift anyway, why not buy it from a fellow artist/crafter? I would much rather buy a handmade item from someone I know. It makes the gift-giving more enjoyable because I can tell the recipient the story behind the gift. And, more importantly, it supports a fellow artist.
I love it when a fellow artist or crafter buys something from me. It feels like I have made something that is worthy. Another creative person likes my creations. Wow, how cool is that?
So, the next time you are at an art show or craft show, look around. You might find a perfect gift. Or even a gift for yourself.
PS Yes, I bought one of the guitar hangars in the photo from Jason Rate of lagunabeachsurfboards.com.