‘Tis the season to DIY 🙂 Our friend Kacey over at The Drifter Collective has some amazing ideas for crafting gifts – here are some handmade Christmas gifts that will make your holiday a little more…spirited! Everyone loves something crafted from the heart (I still have Christmas tree ornaments my grandma made 40 – FORTY – years ago!!) These are great (and fun) ideas to make your holiday affordable and personal.
Handmade Christmas Gifts
Give the Gift Of Handmade Love This Holiday Season With The Following Ideas
Since the holidays are such a chaotic time for many of us, you can easily become stressed about gifts and resort to the simple gift card option or the popular gadget of the holiday season. Not that there’s anything wrong with this route at all — but have you thought about a homemade gift — something you can create yourself that will not only convey more meaning but could also end up being less stress for you in the end?
Homemade gifts are underestimated because people may feel like they’re tacky, not enough or too difficult to create. Maybe you have no ideas for this type of gift. Well, good news. There are plenty of great ideas out there, you just need to know where to look. Check out the below handmade gift ideas for your loved ones this holiday season.
This is one of the best homemade gift ideas because you can’t really go wrong with a baked treat. Whether it be fudge, brownies, cookies or something else you like to make, you’re sure to satisfy whoever you recipient is. This is also a great idea if you have several people to give to, like a bunch of co-workers. Baked goods is a simple and affordable option that will allow you to give to everyone without breaking the bank.
Pinterest is a great place to look for great ideas on tasty holiday treats. You can even gift your treats in cute holiday wrapping complete with a bow.
If you can crochet or knit, you should definitely make a soft blanket or scarf. You can incorporate your gift recipient’s favorite colors to make it more personal. It’s also something your friend or family member will be able to use for years to come. Oversized chunky knit blankets are popular right now and not too difficult to make. There are online guides available you can also check out that show you step-by-step how to create the perfect blanket. Give your loved one the gift of coziness this holiday season.
Tasty Dog Treats
Pets need to celebrate the holidays too, so for the furry friends in your life, make them some tasty dog treats. There are plenty of dog treat recipes available online, but you want to choose the recipes with the least ingredients because there are many things pets should not ingest. Try carrot applesauce oat treats or sweet potato dog chews — both are made with natural fruits and vegetables — no fillers or dyes. You can also try a tasty pup jerky or frozen yogurt banana peanut butter bites.
Most all of the women in your life will undoubtedly love the gift of jewelry. Whether you make it yourself or buy it from a local craftsmen — jewelry is always a winner. It can sometimes be stressful when you purchase anything handmade because it is hard to know what the quality of the product is.
Keep in mind these buying tips when browsing to ensure a successful purchase. Make sure you choose the right jewelry artist who can bring your vision to life. Check out their social media accounts, website and other work to get an idea of what they can create. You will also want to read customer reviews and comments if available. Most artists will also require a deposit or even full payment in advance of the creation of the product. Work out terms of payment before you design anything so you’re both on the same page.
Picture Frame Tray
You may have extra picture frames lying around the house, and if you do, now is the time to use them. Dig up your unused picture frames and make a cute table tray out of it. For a more personal touch, put a few of your favorite photographs into the frame underneath
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!