Who wants another sweater in the wrong size or color, another figurine or candleholder, or another gift that will be re-gifted the next day? Christmas gifts are more special when we personalize them instead of just picking up something that is on sale. ‘To give just to give’ takes away the joy in the giver as well as the receiver.
Here are a few ideas for creative gifts:
Gift baskets–they are so easy to make. Go to a thrift store where you will find tons of different shapes and sizes of baskets for a dollar or two. Go to a party shop and buy shrink wrap and some colorful ribbon can be purchased almost anywhere-that is your packaging. Think about the people you have on your list; what do they like, what is their hobby, what is their age, and what is their personality like? Examples are bath and body baskets, fishing baskets, food and chef baskets, office desk baskets, gardening and sewing baskets, and the list goes on and on.
Gifts for a couple –this could be a pair of tickets, a nice cookbook, headsets, a new game for their playstation or a hardboard game, wine glasses and a nice bottle of wine, a beautiful family photo album, or massages. If they grill a lot, consider a cook-out set or smoker, These would be greatly appreciated and used more than one time.
Use your skills— if you sew, knit, or do needlepoint, make gifts. These hand-made ideas will never wear out and will be a true gift from the heart. Scarves, mittens, his and hers matching aprons, a baby blanket, beanies for the sisters, or a thick pair of booties are all perfect presents.
Give the gift of learning a skill or talent — give someone the gift of taking time to teach them your skill or talent, give children art gifts, a few weeks of karate lessons, piano lessons, a beginners guitar with cd’s or books, or maybe just the trip to a ballet to inspire. My grandson want to be an architect when he grows up. Last year I purchased a beginners drawing set for just a few dollars on Ebay. He still uses it and talks about how much it has helped him learn to draw buildings.
Give a kit— children love these and one kit can be shared by sisters, brothers, and couples. Examples are: cookie making kit, tie-dyed shirt kit, jewelry making kit, or a kit to add jewels to clothing. Great kits for the more mature person are the stationary, hand-writing kits.
These kits will not only save you time, money, and extra wrapping-they will bring enjoyment to the recipient as well as encouraging creativity.
Be sure and shop online to save money as well. You can avoid the crowds and save on gasoline.
I promise, you will hear, ‘Wow, I always wanted one of those!’ in their responses.