How long before just after New Years the Holiday decorations just stay up and they start hocking more present ideas for next year. Give me a break!
I say go ahead start planning today and stick it to the greedy money grubbing companys by heading to your local library and check out some books on homemade gifts. It's time to take back the holidays. Make it more about the family you love then the overpriced gifts that advertisers try and convince you to give to "Prove" how much you love them.
Here is a few titles to get you started and if your Library don't have these they will have many others. You can also make a request to your Librarian to get the book you want.
Gifts With Heart: Inspiring Stories, Handmade Crafts and One-Of-A-Kind Ideas by Mary Beth Sammons
Food for Friends: Homemade Gifts for Every Season by Sally Pasley Vargas
The Perfect Basket: How to Make a Fabulous Gift Basket for Any Occasion by Diane Phillips