Dad is an accountant by trade. He spends his days working up financial statements and digging through the minutiae of banking regulations. When he’s not at the bank, he’s riding his motorcycle, hiking, camping, photographing and silversmithing. The silversmithing was unexpected. Years ago my dad signed up for a silversmithing class with my older sister and he’s been churning out work ever since.
One of Dad’s first class projects is the bracelet pictured above. The image is a bit blurry, but the bracelet is beautiful! My dad gave all of these to me for Christmas with the exception of the heart necklace which I received on my wedding day. These pieces mean more to me than anything store-bought because they came from Dad’s own hands. I love wearing these reminders of my dad around my wrist and neck.
These handmade gifts are the pinnacle of gift-giving, because they come packed with personal and spiritual meaning. I’ve not had as much time to make all handmade gifts this year, but I’ve tried. What’s the best handmade gift you’ve ever received or given?