Hi I just joined craftster today. I've gotten kind of frustrated looking for gift ideas online because everyone has such specific needs. I thought it might be cooler and easier if we all just said what we're already planning to make for our own friends/family instead of asking for ideas from other folks. It may spark new ideas.
So I'll start:
For my little sisters (11 and 14) I drew the two of them as Gryffindor students. (I'm a professional illustrator)
For my brother and dad: I'm still brainstorming, but I've already made pencil holders out of old floppy disks. That works well because we all work with computers a lot.
For my sister in law: We got some old records at goodwill and we're going to try melting them and forming them into useful things. I've never done this before, but my mom says she did it a lot in the 70s.
For my sister in law and my step mom: Homemade coasters (I'm just covering wooden blocks with fun paper and painting a sealant over- oh and putting some cork on the bottoms). Oh, and my step mom has been asking for a drawing of her dog for about 3 years, but I hate drawing animals. But if I get around to it, she'll get that as well.
For my mother: She used to LOVE the show WKRP in cincinnati and I just happen to have some old hardware for converting VHS files into digital files. So if I can find the old hardware and get it all hooked up right I'm taking some of our OLD tapes of the show and putting them onto DVD.
For my dad/aunt/uncle: my aunt gave me a HUGE batch of old family photos which I put about 60 hours of digital retouch work into (I also used to work as a retouch artist at a photo lab). So I touched those up, but I kind of did too good of a job because I brought them to wal-mart for printing, and wal-mart (QUITE rudely) refused to give them to me because they looked so professional (because I WAS a professional) that they thought I was stealing the images. There were three photos that really HAD been taken by a professional, but that was about 40 years, 80 years, and 95 years ago. The rest were taken by family. So I don't know if I'll be able to get these printed off or if it was wasted effort.
I have a few more folks to figure out. My old college roommate's always tough, and I have a new step-dad and I don't quite know what to get him. And there are a few others. I never feel like I can give baked good or anything because when we get together everyone from the family brings many batches of cookies and candy and everything anyway. there are always so many cookies and whatnot that it'll last for WEEKS after Christmas is over.
Oh, and I'm starting a new company and I have no money at all, but a LOT of time for crafts. That's why EVERYONE's gifts need to be homemade.
SO- what are you guys doing?