Christmas is coming up quickly! And if you are like me, you may still be trying to figure out what to give that family member on your list that has everything and asks for nothing. Why not use one of the few days left until Christmas and dig into your stash and create something? Sometimes giving a heartfelt handmade gift is the perfect gift. Plus it can be a pretty budget-friendly solution.
I scoured some of the more recent magazines and found some quick ideas that could be just what you are looking for.
1) Frame a layout. Rather then try and build a huge album, focus all your energy on creating a layout that can be turned into a fun home decor gift. Layouts with single images and 3D embellishments are often good projects to frame. Cassandra Cyr’s Merry Christmas 2012 layout found on p. 56 of Creating Keepsakes Nov/Dec 2013 issue is the perfect layout that could be framed. (Even better, you may even have a layout already completed that you could easily frame!) What grandparent wouldn’t want to receive this?
2) Create a small non-traditional album. Brag books, scrap journals, and non-traditional albums are all fun projects and are often less time consuming to make than a full album. Maggie Holmes’ Wonderful Today clipboard album is a fun alternative to a traditional album. Plus it can easily be displayed on a coffee table.
3) Make a card set. Why not use your crafty skills to make a card set that can be used by your recipient throughout the year? Cynthia Baptista’s Elegant Happy Holidays Card Set is made for the holidays but you could easily use the same design and change the sentiments to be more everyday like Thank you, Get well, Hello, and Happy Birthday. This gift will be the gift that keeps on giving! I made five sets of cards to give out this year. Not only was it fun to make, but I think my mom, sisters, and friends will love getting them.
There are just a few of the gift ideas I’ve found. What other ideas do you have?