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How we turned our time and talents into meaningful gifts for family and friends

Batik in Bali

"Being present: That was the gift that we gave each other."
—Jodi Lipson, managing editor

Batik in Bali

— Illustration by: Greg Clarke

Time was the recurring gift exchanged between Jodi and her big sister, Sheri. It started in college, with a fancy, fattening dinner at an Italian restaurant — an extravagance they wouldn't otherwise spring for. It ended, bittersweetly, sharing the last few weeks of Sheri's life before she died in August after a 20-year battle with melanoma. Their favorite time together: a batik workshop to celebrate Sheri's birthday when the two were traveling together in Bali.

"Sheri made silver jewelry, stained glass windows and copper-enamel, so I knew she'd love this day," says Jodi. The sisters created matching batiks of two women walking hand in hand.

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