We all know the Holidays can be a stressful time of year if you let it. Well, don’t let it! Once we start letting all the stress of decorating, cooking, and buying get in the way we start to forget what the holiday season is really about. Giving and showing one another that we care should always be the first things occupying our minds. I really don’t think that there is a better way to show someone you care than by giving them something that you slaved over making specifically for them. Okay, maybe you didn’t slave, but you still put thought and heart into it right?
If you think your loved ones are tired of getting handmade hats, scarves, and mittens, here’s a handmade holiday gift collection to spark some inspiration and perhaps get you out of a holiday zombie creative funk.
Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking. “You expect me to make a quilt in between all the Christmas madness?” No, I’m not insane. How about a quilted iPod case? A quilted pillow? What about a couple cute and simple quilted bags? CutRateCrafts.com has the fun book of quilted pot holder patterns, any of which would make a great gift. See? You can still quilt for the holidays.
Knit and Crochet
Here’s an area of the body that often gets forgotten during the holidays: the feet! With knee-high chunky boot socks being a popular trend, you could easily knit or crochet some cute chunky socks or leg warmers for those pesky, hard-to-buy-for teenage girls. Don’t forget you can knit bracelets and crochet necklaces to give to your loved ones as well! Besides, with all the wonderful colors of yarn to choose from for this season, anyone would appreciate getting a brightly colored scarf or hat to break out of that dullness of black and grey that accompanies winter outerwear. Some of my favorites:
This one has to be obvious for sewers out there. Aprons are my favorite gift to give each year. One lucky member of my family gets a new one each year and then I rotate through the list. By the time I come back to the first person I gave an apron to, they’re in desperate need of one! Genius huh? I guess this is only a handy idea for a family of cooks. If you do have a family of cooks, what about some fun dish towels or coasters?Add an extra special touch to anything you make with some adorable buttons that speak to the recipient’s personality.
Of course, there are tons of other fun Christmas gifts to make, but I hope these got your creative wheels spinning! What do you usually make for your family for the holidays?
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