Want an interesting holiday hostess gift? Something that rarely occurs to others? How about a decorative nutcracker. I am not referring to a functioning, put the nuts into his mouth, pull a lever and “voila” –nuts without the shell type of nutcracker. I am talking about those little characters that usually could not crack a nut unless you brought a hammer to the table.
Nutcrackers come in a variety of sizes, colors, styles, price ranges–buy one that appeals to you, add some glitter, jewels, fringe– in short, enhance your purchase with inexpensive additions. Choose decorations that appeal to you and you think would appeal to the recipient. When you are satisfied with the results, personalize your gift with the recipient’s name and maybe even your own
Wrap it up and add a little scroll that carries the nutcracker story.
“According to German folklore–nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck and to protect the homes of the recipients. This nutcracker will guard your family and house from evil spirits and danger. He is fearless, showing his teeth to all the bad things in the world.”
Print out the story on some fancy paper. Roll it up and tie it with a ribbon whose color corresponds with your gift and present it to your holiday hostess. I am sure she will be charmed.
This project takes very little time, but demonstrates a little ingenuity and a willingness to “think outside the box.” Try it out this holiday season.