In these economic times when we all are feeling the crunch, we still want to give during this time of year. Besides the ever present needs for volunteers in our community, there are our friends and loved ones that we want  to remember with gifts in special ways. Let's get 'old fashioned'. Go find the scissors, glue, needle and thread, all the almost finished craft projects , the sparkles and bangles and create something personal  for each one on your list. Homemade gifts are the best. They carry a special message that you took time just for that person to make them something special. Of course, the library is a great resource for ideas, directions and recipes too! There is a special display near the circulation desk full of crafty ideas as well as good "snuggle down and read" fiction. You still have time to create!