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« on: November 07, 2007 12:57:43 PM »

what are some of your favorite handmade holiday gifts to make in a pinch?  for friends and family.!

(in a money pinch, in a time pinch, in a creative brain pinch, whatever)

« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2007 02:00:20 PM »

My family lives 2 1/2 hours away so I have nephews and neices and GREAT nephews and nieces to buy for but I really don't 'know' them so I've decided on something that seems to be a hit -

containers for their stuff!!  In fact, for the last birthday, it was a plastic case with a handle and with enamel paint markers, I wrote "Brandon's stuff" in big blac block letters trimmed in green!

He loved it!!  He got some cars from someone else for his birthday - who knew him better than me - and, thanks to me, he had a container for his new cars!  I made his sister 3 matching boxes with red flowers and her initial on the top.

Containers....that's the answer....

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2007 09:40:25 AM »

I did a bunch for this year already and posted them today.  I'm including pics for some because I have them handy in my photobucket account.

Beaded ornaments, either drapes for standard Christmas balls, or things like snowflakes (this year I included a chain mail Celtic star focal)

Painted coasters and trivets, using stone or ceramic tiles (stone is my favourite because of the veining), and bakeable permanent paints.  Blue cork or felt to the back.

Same technique can be used for doing things like mugs, flower pots, food canisters, etc

Crocheted ornaments or small things.  I did Santa heads one year.  I am doing stuffed snowmen heads, and reindeer heads as well this year.  I also have done boob pillows for the guys one year, or stuffed toys (a chihuahua for the neighbours who have one, this year)
They really don't take long.  I've done afghans too, but they can be labour intensive

Baked good gifts - loaves of sweet breads, cookies, candies.  I also do jellies which can make lots of little pots, and aren't hard to do.

One year, I made packages of Gingerbread women for the men in our lives too - with 3D boobs, including a small candy dragee nipple on each - they got a laugh.

Painted mugs with a coaster, with packages of cider, hot chocolate, etc.  I even did homemade peppermint, red and white swirled marshmallows one year to go in my mugs.

Jewelry - made beaded stuff before, but learned to do some chainmail this year, so will do more metal jewelry this year.

Also things like beaded bookmarks are nice and fast to make, cell phone dangles, keychains.

I forgot to add also glass etched items.  Coasters, glasses, mirrors, food cannisters.  One of my favourites was to take a plain picture frame, and etch along the outside, where the matte would be something, like fushia flowers on one that I remember doing.  I did a plain glass frame with oak leaves to match a mirror I etched for the spare room.  I also painted the matte too - for frames that come with a matte, paint the matte.  I have multipic frames this year for family, and was going to do a tree theme on them as a play on family tree.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2007 09:50:42 AM by Onyxnox » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2008 04:19:59 PM »

Does anyone else have any favourite gifts in a pinch to share?
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2008 08:42:11 PM »

rice bags. cut out two sides of fabric for a square, or whatever shape, sew three sides, turn inside out. fill with rice, beans and half a teabag of chai tea. Sew last side. Perfect winter gift. Microwave 1.5 minutes for it to get nice and hot. I put mine under my sheet by my feet(i rhyme!) or make a long skinny one for neck aches. also good for cramps.

sequin styrofoam ball ornaments are also good. very shiny and fun.

lavender sachets. or you could make sachets with loose tea. I think that it smells even better that lavender...unless you want to scare away scorpions, in which case stick with the lavender. It's the same procedure as the rice bags, but I like to add a button onto the center for added flair.

ummmm, oh reusable cloth grocery bags are also fast and cheap, but very useful. I also crochet scarves on the train. it makes the ride faster.

« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2008 11:22:07 AM »

I'm a beginner sewer and I made something similar to cassettetape, but instead of rice bags I made corn bags using the tute at http://www.diamondthreadworks.com/microwave_heating_bags.htm  They are super fast to make and everyone can use them (I always have a hard time thinking of stuff I can craft for men).  I made them in a cute gender-neutral flannel and the total cost came out to about $1.50 a piece.

I also love to make ornaments for people out of felt, buttons, whatever I can find in my craft stash.

My favorite things that I have received from crafters...crocheted scarves and hats, handmade ornaments, a painted flower pot.

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