Feeling craft this holiday season? The holidays seem to bring out the creative side of even those who would dream of calling themselves artistic. DIY gifts are all the rage, and they’re also very meaningful to their recipients. You can surprise and delight your loved ones by presenting them with gifts that are made with love, just for them. Even someone who hasn’t honed in on any particular artistic skill can get crafty for the holiday season. It’s also the perfect time to get crafty with the kids, and encourage them to make special gifts that they can give to family members.
Even the youngest little artists can get in on the holiday gift-making. You can create a special ‘Mistletoes’ keepsake for grandparents with your baby or toddler. Choose a blank tile or canvas, and then simply paint the bottom of your child’s foot with washable green paint. Press their feet to the canvas to make adorable green footprints on the canvas. You can add a little bow and bell, and caption ‘mistletoes’ somewhere on the canvas along with the child’s name and the current year. The tile or canvas can be hung up in their home all year long, or during the holidays, as a special memory.
Older kids might want to get creative by decorating ceramic mugs. You can purchase inexpensive blank canvas mugs at Bed Bath and Beyond. Sign up online, and save 20%. Use Sharpie markers to decorate the mugs. The kids can get as creative as they want to. You might even help them by outlining a drawing, and having them color it in. You can easily personalize the mugs with the names of the recipients. Add cheery holiday words or phrases, or add a quote or line from a favorite book, movie, or television show. Package the mug in a nice gift box with shredded holiday paper. Tie the box with a holiday ribbon, and you have a personalized, festive holiday gift ready to give!
Homemade hot chocolate kits are a cute and simple holiday gift. They’re perfect to give to just about anyone, and they are widely appreciate by people of all ages. Start with a simple mason jar. Fill the bottom with cocoa powder or hot cocoa mix. Add a layer of mini marshmallows on top of the cocoa mix. On top of the marshmallows, add crushed pieces of candy canes or peppermints. You could also add some dark chocolate, mint chocolate or white chocolate chips to spice it up a bit. Add some plaid fabric underneath the jar’s lid, and tie it off with raffia or a holiday ribbon. Add a homemade paper tag and personalize with your name. Get all the jars you need and free shipping on orders over $49.00 at Mason Jars.
Any gift you make is one of a kind. No two creations will ever be the same as one another, and this gives each piece special meaning. Even if you use the same pattern twice, you’ll never reproduce the fleece throw that you made for your nephew. The one you give your cousin’s baby will be different. If you make soaps for gifts, the scents and shapes will be unique: You’ll never make them the same again. These gifts are made with loving hands and will be from the heart, which will mean more than any gift card ever could.