Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Handmade Gift Ideas

We all need to save money. Here are a few great gift ideas to start now so you can also enjoy the season!

If you love to cook, this is a great way to share some of your favorite recipes.
Make a recipe book for your family, friends, teachers, and neighbors. You can get crafty like this red one from Martha Stewart or why not make one using a photo book program. There are many online and several have great promotional deals right now! 

Are you a knitter? Then get busy because I bet anyone would love to receive a colorful and warm scarf from you. This is a gift of creativity, time and love.
There are so many scarf patterns online and even helpful hints on choosing colors. Even if you have never knitted before there are easy to do patterns to. So go ahead and try one this year.

How about a photo album for a personalized gift?
You can make it as simple as you want or get very elaborate with the embellishments and trimmings. Not sure where to begin? Check out your fabric stash! Use those left over pieces of fabric, ribbon and buttons. Raid your scrapbook papers and get busy.

The themes are endless too. You can create one with the family name on the front cover.
Or if it is for a new baby use that as your starting point.


Holidays and milestones also make great types of albums. Like this one pictured is for Christmas. It could be for baby's first, a married couple first year or even a collection of family photos that you compile.
What a treasure to give! 


Another theme idea is for travel. Maybe they just took a trip to Disney and need to fill it up with photos. Or an upcoming trip they have been planning for years.


 So wherever your talents and craft level may be, I bet you can find something to give from the heart and save a little money too. If you still need to buy but want to give a more personalized gift, check out the many online shops. ETSY is filled with all ahnd crafted items. You are sure to find one there!

Happy Gift Giving!

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