Choosing and making Christmas gifts is one of the highlights of the holidays for our children. The older ones often start during the summer and about this time of year I start scrambling for ideas for the younger ones.
We’ve made a wide assortment and variety of gifts over the years from knitted and crocheted items to carved wooden villages, edible treats and more. I’m going to share a sampling of our past ideas as well as some that we hope to do in the future and include links to online directions.
I’ve been ordered not to reveal anything that is being created this year, which means that pictures may be a little scarce.
Gifts we’ve made:
- Beaded bobby pins – These bobby pins are inexpensive to make and are sweet to clip to a card or gift tag to add a personal touch to a larger gift.
- Pillow cases and more pillow cases – perfect for budding seamstresses and super fun to embroider or dress up in other creative ways
- Gifts in a jar – These are great for kids, both big and little, to make and give.
- Christmas ornaments from dominos – Another quick easy gift. We used these as our guest gifts (during the holiday season we give a small gift to each of the visitors that we have in or home) last year.
- Monogrammed burlap pillows
- Cinnamon and applesauce Christmas ornaments – These have always turned out beautifully for us and have lasted for years.
- Salt dough ornaments – These are best given to grandparents (or other relatives).
- Ravelry has a lovely assortment of free (and pay for) patterns for nearly every imaginable knitted or crocheted gift.
- Truffles – Scrumptious and lovely when you choose pretty packaging. This isn’t the exact recipe we used, Amber borrowed a book from the library and made an assortment of flavors and combinations for each recipient.
- Marshmallow shooters – Like Nerf guns? You’ll love these easy to make marshmallow guns.
Gifts that we hope to make:
- Fish-in-a-bag soaps – I saw these years ago and they are still at the top of my list. Am I strange or are these just amazingly cute?!
- Easy-to-sew hooded towels – I’m thinking of making these in cute colors and pairing them with the soaps. More ways to personalize these towels.
- Picture of the month club – This is not what I originally thought. I got the idea from one of my Facebook readers (thank you Christine) and am planning on doing it this year. For Christmas you give the gift recipient a way to display the artwork that they will receive over the course of the year. My reader suggested a cute wooden plaque with a clothes pin to pin up the pictures. I’m thinking a large frame. Then each month the gift giver creates a drawing or painting and sends it to the recipient. I think this is particularly well suited to those relatives who don’t live close enough to enjoy frequent creative offerings.
- Cute Bags
- Scrabble Tile Pendant
I have a few tutorials in the works with more Christmas gift ideas. Feel free to subscribe via email so you don’t miss them.
Now it’s your turn to share your Christmas gifts and/or crafts posts. Please link directly to your gift/craft post (not to your homepage) and include a link back to at least one of the 4 Moms craft post so that your readers can come read all the ideas.