Nov 262012
 

One of my favorite things about Christmas is giving…giving of your love, giving of your time, giving of yourself.  To me, the giving of gifts is actually receiving.  No, I’m not talking about the person that receives the gift.  I’m talking about that little selfish part of me that loves that feeling I get when someone is happy with my gift.  I think that gifts are both giving and receiving. For this reason, I try to make each gift special for each person by putting thought into who is receiving it.

Some people would run to the store and buy 25 pairs of gloves to give as gifts, just so everyone receives something.  Yes, it’s the thought that counts, but think about that…how much thought when into everyone getting gloves?  The thought is not just that you had them on your Christmas List, it’s that you thought of each person as an individual and what he or she might really like.  It’s about being humble and showing appreciation and gratitude for the blessing that each person is.

As an avid crafter and DIYer, this often means creating the gift myself. Now, I’m not unrealistic…I know that times are tough and we can’t all afford to purchase a gift for everyone in our lives.  I also know that time is hard to come by and we all can’t fit crafting tons of gifts into our schedules.  I know that some people receive a card and that’s it.  But, it’s a personally signed card with a little handwritten message to each one.  That is also putting thought into it.  If you give someone a $5.00 pair of gloves, they see a $5.00 pair of gloves.  But, if you give someone a gift that you created especially for them, they see the thought, the love, and the effort that went into it. The price of how much it cost you to make it never crosses their mind.

Here are some wonderful ideas that I’ve found around the web from some very ingenious people on how to create thrifty yet thoughtful gifts.

(Click images to see tutorials.)
Jersey Knit Bracelet - V and Co.

Jersey Knit Bracelet – V and Co.

 

Tile Coasters - Blueprint Crafts

Tile Coasters – Blueprint Crafts

 

Mason Jar Sewing Kit - Momtastic

Mason Jar Sewing Kit – Momtastic

 

Quickbread in a Bottle - Sunset.com

Quickbread in a Bottle – Sunset.com

 

Fabric Scrap Keychain - Craftiness is Not Optional

Fabric Scrap Keychain – Craftiness is Not Optional

 

Water Balloon Luminaries - Candletech.com

Water Balloon Luminaries – Candletech.com

 

Charming Bookmarks - Velvet Strawberries (tutorial on Country Living)

Charming Bookmarks – www.VelvetStrawberries.com (tutorial on Country Living)

 

Leather Cuff Made Out of Recycled Belt - V and Co.

Leather Cuff Made Out of Recycled Belt – V and Co.

 

Ombre Style Onesie - V and Co.

Ombre Style Onesie – V and Co.

 

Rice Bag Feet Warmer - V and Co.

Rice Bag Feet Warmer – V and Co.

 

Tea Towel Apron - V and Co.

Tea Towel Apron – V and Co.

 

Folded Scarf - For the Makers

Folded Scarf – For the Makers

 

La Pouchette - For the Makers

La Pouchette – For the Makers

 

Make a Friend Board - How Does She

Make a Friend Board – How Does She

 

Balls for Babies - Grand Revival Designs

Balls for Babies – Grand Revival Designs

 

Simple Monogram Pillow - How Does She

Simple Monogram Pillow – How Does She

 

Newspaper Basket - Nifty Thrifty Things

Newspaper Basket – Nifty Thrifty Things

 

Anthro Knockoff Cuff Bracelet - Flamingo Toes

Anthro Knockoff Cuff Bracelet – Flamingo Toes

 

Crafty Initials - Flamingo Toes

Crafty Initials – Flamingo Toes

 

Linen Travel Jewelry Bag - Flamingo Toes

Linen Travel Jewelry Bag – Flamingo Toes

 

Dryer Sheet & Lavender Sachets - Flamingo Toes

Dryer Sheet & Lavender Sachets – Flamingo Toes

 

Handwritten Recipe Tea Towel - HelloBeautiful.com via Spoonflower

Handwritten Recipe Tea Towel – HelloBeautiful.com via Spoonflower

 

Decorated Pebbles - Garden Mama

Decorated Pebbles – Garden Mama

 

Tiny Polaroid Magnets - Ambrosia Girl

Tiny Polaroid Magnets – Ambrosia Girl

 

Easy Lace Pottery - Strictly Simple Style

Easy Lace Pottery – Strictly Simple Style

 

These are just a sampling of the ideas that are out there in bloggy land.  I’m definitely going to make some of these for gifts this year.

Did any of these get you motivated?

What other ideas have you come up with?  I would love to see them.  =)

 

 

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 Posted by at 4:51 pm

  4 Responses to “25 Handmade Gifts – Low Cost, High Style”

  1. Wonderful, thoughtful gifts; you’ve covered everyone’s list of gift-giving! You are so creative–I’d love to receive any of those gifts, but that rice bag warmer has to be my favorite!

  2. Great post! I wanted to make some tile coasters for my SIL for Christmas so this is perfect! Thank you :)

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