Depending on your skill set and what crafts and art you enjoy then try thinking out of the box.
I like to pick up canvas and paints from the craft store and paint a few peaceful Christmas scenes. To make it
even more special have any kids, get them to paint the pictures. Grandparents and aunts eat that stuff
Another great gift idea if you crochet or knit, pick up a book on ornament making or make a long
decorative string for others to string like garland from the tree.
I always like to include my daughter in making the Christmas gifts as it is a great chance to bond with
your kids and makes the gifts so much more special for family and friends. You can purchase plaster
ornaments and have your kids paint them for family. You can also buy clay roll it out like cookie dough
and use cookie cutters to make ornaments, poke a hole in the top for the ribbon to hang the ornament,
bake, and paint.
Remember it really is the thought that counts. Consider more personal gifts such as homemade
bookmarks for the readers in your family or paint a wooden toolbox for the family handyman. While
personal gifts cost a little more if you use your coupons and plan ahead you should be pleasantly
surprised when you see how much you save going homemade.
Semi-homemade is also a good idea. Consider family gifts. Take a large basket, pick up a $5 bargain
Christmas DVD, throw in some Christmas mugs from the dollar store and a can of hot coca mix and some
popcorn. $10 bucks later you have a great gift. This is nice for neighbors or hostess gifts as well. Good
luck with all of your Christmas crafting. In my next blog, we will was art and creativity to plan the perfect
New Year’s Eve party. Chow!