This was my first Christmas attempting to craft a large number of things and it definitely went well! (well, I didn't actually make
a majority of them, but I embellished a lot of things)
I hand-painted shirts for my future BIL (Superman logo with his name "Nick" inside instead of the S because he loves Superman) and my stepdad, who has grown accustomed to receiving my silly shirts as presents and always loves them (this time it was "Natural Born Griller" with a picture of a grill). I used to stencil them but I have no patience for cutting out the stencil so I just wing it.
For my brother's gf, I covered a photo box with all kinds of cool magazine clippings and filled it with scrapbooking stuff from the dollar store - she currently keeps her scrapbooking supplies in a Target bag- she loved it.
My stepsister cried when she opened her gift. I painted a canvas bag to match a shirt I painted for her bridal shower (a little saying about her and her fiance) and ironed on her favorite engagement photo- inside the bag was a box I covered with special words and things about her upcoming wedding and I filled it with bridal emergency items- floss, hem tape, stain wipes, advil, q-tips, you get the idea.
My mom is the easiest to craft for because she loves everything I give her- I used/abused my resources at work (ad agency) and made her a calendar with all of our kitties' photos and a bookmark to go along with the Barnes & Noble membership I bought her.
I also did a sketch of my dad and his gf and put it in a Dollar Store frame (did a lot of shopping at Dollar Tree- love that place!) and they seemed very excited about it.
For the boyfriend, I only ended up crafting one thing-- took an old altoids tin and covered it with photos of him drumming/words about drumming and put his earplugs in it. He is ALWAYS forgetting/losing his earplugs when we go to his bands' gigs. :-P
Great Christmas and I feel really good about having personalized a lot of the gifts! Now I just have to start earlier next year so I'm not stressing out on Christmas Eve because I spilled red acrylic paint on the white rug!