Homemade Christmas Gifts
Many famous people regularly publish their homemade Christmas gift ideas in magazines, newsletters, and online. Some of these ideas are passed down from one generation to the next. Others are truly “new”. The collection we have here are among the easiest to complete and the most fun to give or receive.
Attaching a family photo to your Christmas cards is fine. But if you want to get a little more creative, there are lots of other things you can do with special photos. Calendars are easy to make with the software that comes with most home printers. You can personalize each page with a photo from the previous year.
You can take a few special photos and make a pencil holder for the desk of someone special. You’ll find acrylic cubes in craft stores that are just the right size for this purpose. All you really have to do is insert the photos but you can also embellish the plain cubes with lace, artwork, embroidery or any small handcraft you can make on your own.
The cooks in your family or a newlywed couple might love to have your personal recipes. A handmade recipe book can quickly become a keepsake. You can add flair to the book by adding a photo of the completed dish. This is something you can work on throughout the year. Check out the scrap-bookers section of your local craft store for blank books that work perfectly for recipes.
Keepsake boxes can be quick and easy or time-consuming depending on your talents and how much work you want to put into the design. Plain white cardboard boxes of all sizes are available from craft stores. Plain wooden trinket boxes are also easy to find. Whether you choose cardboard or wood, all you have to do is add the decorations. Come up with your own design to make something unique that will truly become a keepsake.
Christmas ornaments are a classic gift. To make these gifts unique and personalized, you can pick up some clear undecorated ornaments from a craft store and decorate them yourself. You can fill them with glitter, artificial snow or crumpled tissue paper. You can use double-sided tape to attach lace, ribbons or some other kind of decoration. All it takes is some time and a little imagination to create dozens of personalized one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornaments.
Almost everyone appreciates the extra value of something handmade. So, consider making at least some of the gifts you give this year, whether you use the homemade Christmas gift ideas or come up with your own.