Hi there! I am so glad you’re here. Welcome. Are you enjoying this holiday season? Or are you swamped with to-do lists and worrying about how to get something for everyone on your list? Hand-made gifts could be the answer for you ~ especially as Christmas is quickly approaching. As for me, I have become totally hooked on all the Hallmark Christmas movies this year. I love every predictable moment of them. Amazingly, they never seem to get old either!
Now, back to today’s topic. I have really mixed feelings about hand-made gifts. On the one hand they can be less expensive allowing you to stay in your budget. On the other hand, sometimes they’re more expensive than buying a mass-produced item ~ especially if you don’t have a stash of craft supplies. Sometimes they can be more meaningful, but other times they are cheesy. Also, it’s hard to think of spending a lot of time on a gift that the receiver doesn’t like or won’t use. For instance, if you are not a quilt lover your probably won’t display or appreciate the work required to make it. And let’s face it…not all of us are crafty and our gifts will look homemade. Do you know what I mean?
Still, there are some people that you want to do something for. You want to remember them at the holidays, but maybe you simply don’t have an unlimited budget. Who does? So, when I thought about writing about hand-made gifts, I approached it with, well, mixed feelings. After all, I’m sure the first thing that popped into your mind was some sort of food gift ~ cookies, candy, etc.. However, if you’re like me, you may not want to make a bunch of cookies because, hello… you’ll have to taste test them. And honestly, at this point, maintaining weight is a REAL struggle without adding a bunch of holiday goodies to my day. Not to mention the amount of time it takes! So, what can we make to give this year? Well, I’ve found a few ideas to help you.
Don’t judge me. The first thing that popped into my head was liquor and such. Okay, you could go with a bottle of wine. Ch-ching. Or, why not whip up some personalized wine glasses for your wine loving friends? You can use a cutting machine and permanent vinyl to create some. Or, you could even paint your own if you have a steady hand.
Another option is to use vinyl to make a stencil and then use etching cream to etch some personalized glassware. This could be for barware or how about a personalized pie plate or casserole dish? Lots of options here.
If gettin’ crafty isn’t your thing, how about mixing up some flavored syrups for mixing cocktails? With some many fun cocktails to make, these could be really helpful to have on hand. Martha Stewart shares a few recipes for this if you click on the image.
For not too much more money, you could infuse your favorite alcohol to make it flavored. One of my favorites is ginger vodka. However, we’ve done vanilla and citrus flavors as well. This image shows apple pie flavored vodka. The process is way easier than you might think.
If you have a vinyl cutter, then I think this next idea is easy and fun. Design your own dish towels with clever sayings. This can be totally personalized to someone’s personality. This is one that I have in mind for someone. 🙂 Of course along those same lines, you could also make t-shirts or those adorable signs as well.
Okay, this next idea is so stinkin’ cute! Personalized notepads. The tutorial with this image walks you through exactly how to do it. You can take kids artwork to make a notepad, type up your BFF’s monogram, or use a favorite quote. You simply print it off four to a page, then take it to the copy shop to have it copied, cut, and glued into a notepad. I LOVE this idea.
Next, I have tried printing off iron-on transfer designs before. It’s really easy, and it turns out cute. Why not design an image or use a monogram to create transfers for napkins or placemats. This is super easy to do and doesn’t require any craftiness. If you can print and iron, you can do this. 🙂
So, if those last ideas didn’t require much craft-ability, this next one does. This idea uses resin over store-bought tile to create coasters. There is a tutorial to walk you through this. I can see how this would be an awesome idea for newlyweds if you could use some wedding photos. Another thought ( and one that is easier) would be to use glass tiles and etch them. Then, you simply attach some felt pads on the corners. And voila! Coasters.
While I am only including one image here this next idea is more like a category. Bath & beauty products. If you have essential oils, salt, sugar, and maybe some coconut oil, you can make a lot of these type gifts. Charcoal masks are all the rage right now, so that’s what I’ve included here. However, you can make bath salts, bath bombs, moisturizers, lip balms, and soothing lotions. Salt or sugar scrubs are so easy to make and who doesn’t love them?? Just package them up with a pretty bow and you’ve got a hit.
And let me leave you with more idea. It’s sort of hand-made. This can be as simple as a digital download or you can add movie night snacks or popcorn to this. Why not give your neighbors, mail carrier, dog sitter, whoever a movie night? You can go to Redbox, buy coupon codes, and then print off a cute tag to give away. In fact, the image below will take you to a free printable tag download. It doesn’t get easier than that!
I hope this has given you a little inspiration for you to do even a little something for ALL the people on your list. Not all gifts have to break the bank. You can be thoughtful and thrifty at the same time. Tell me, do you make any hand-made gifts for people? What’s your favorite home-made gift to give and to receive? Leave me a comment below. 🙂 And of course, I would love for us to be friends. Join my email list here.
Until next time ~