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DIY Holiday Gifts for Friends & Family

diy-holiday-giftsFor any number of reasons, it can be hard to find the perfect gift for everyone on your gift giving list. But with the following gift ideas and just a little elbow grease, you should be able to find the perfect gift for the people who matter most to you.

It’s no secret … DIY gifts are awesome. They enable you to create a unique, one-of-a-kind gift. You can make a gift using their favorite colors or the colors with which they have decorated their home. You can create some gifts using their favorite scent. Each gift is unique, and is created with them in mind. What better way to show someone just how much you care than by creating a gift specifically and especially for them?

DIY Beauty and Body Products

Because everyone loves to feel pampered, beauty and body products are sure to be a big hit. Whip up a few of the following to use as gifts or stocking stuffers. Every time they use them, they’ll think of you.

With just a few simple ingredients, you can create natural beauty recipes such as lip balms, blushes, bronzers, shampoos, conditioners, scrubs, and so much more. Check out this site, and this one, for lots of gift ideas and recipes. Or, make a batch of bath bombs for someone who deserves a well-earned break.

Knitted Gift Ideas

If you are already a knitter, you’ll be able to create one of these gifts in a jiffy. If not, you’ll want to give yourself a little time to make one of the following as you learn the ropes.

Soap Socks make great gifts and are easy for even the novice knitter to make. If the recipient doesn’t want to use it in the shower, they make great long-lasting scented sachets to use in drawers.

How about a knitted stuffed animal for the animal lover or child on your list? Lots of patterns are available on the internet, but these are especially cute: bunny with wardrobe, elephant in a frock, hedgehog, sleepy fox, triceratops and baby dinosaur, whale, little girl monkey, or lots of different little dogs.

Someone whose hands stay cold will appreciate the warmth and convenience of these fingerless mitts.

For other free knitting pattern gift ideas check out these free knitting pattern sites.

If you need a care label for one of your knitted or crocheted gift items, here is one for you to personalize.

Home Décor Gift Ideas

Make a special gift for someone to use around their home, and they’ll have a constant reminder of just how much you care.

Converting a cardboard box into a basket is easy. The jute creates a basket that has clean lines and is neutral for use in any décor. Add a cream-colored fabric liner for a neutral look, or jazz it up with a patterned or brightly colored fabric.

These DIY Dotted Sharpie Mugs, flower pots, dotted heart mugs, or watercolor inspired mugs make wonderful one of a kind gift ideas. Fill with coffee beans, herbal tea bags, a small plant, or candy to create and personalize the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Maybe someone has more than enough mugs and needs a coaster instead, or maybe a set of four.

Christmas Decoration Gift Ideas

Looking for a Christmas decoration gift idea? This glass-block Christmas gift decoration is always a hit. If you use a neutral ribbon or one that matches your recipient’s décor, they’re likely to use it year-round. It makes a great night light. The same can be accomplished with plastic boxes that can be purchased at any craft store, creating different sizes and shapes of gifts.

Or, make these adorable Christmas gnomes using socks. They’re so cute, you will have to make one for yourself as well. You can also make snowmen or penguins – all with socks, and no sewing required.

Want to try a new craft? Work your way through this needle felting tutorial and create a precious little owl.

Miscellaneous Gift Ideas

Have a reader you want to make a quick and easy gift for? Create one of these ribbon bookmarks. The elastic makes the bookmark great for use with many different sized books and holds the bookmark firmly in place.

A unique and inexpensive packaging idea for a small batch of cookies is this DIY Cookie Basket made from a paper plate.

Easily turn plain flour sack towels into bright and cheery Citrus Stamped Towels with paint and a citrus fruit.

You can make some DIY Sidewalk Chalk Pops for the little artist on your gift giving list.

Create a classy brush or pencil holder using this Glitter Mason Jar tutorial.

And, one last idea … a gorgeous glass bead vase or votive candle holder.

 Medford Leas 

With various committees dedicated to the creative arts, Medford Leas residents are encouraged to be creative, and have the following available to them:

We encourage you to come check out our groups and learn a new craft while making new friends. 

Our family at Medford Leas wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. We invite you to schedule a tour and come see how Medford Leas celebrates the holidays. Contact us today to learn more.


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