It’s barely November, but this week I’ve been planning out my Christmas gifts–especially the ones I want to make myself. I love to DIY, but it’s not fun if I wait till the last minute, because looming deadlines stress me out!
As a general rule, I don’t make gifts to save money. (Although last year my father-in-law asked for pinecone firestarters, and the only ones we could find were $40. We made that gift, and we saved a ton of money doing it.)
I make gifts because I want to give something that’s unique and highly personal. The best gifts to make are the ones you just can’t find in a store.
And with that in mind, here’s what I’m making this season:
Owl Rice Heating Pads
I’m making these for my kids. Aren’t they adorable? Last year we discovered rice sock bedwarmers, but seriously, all I did was dump rice in an old white tube sock. This year I’m making these darling owls and I think my kiddos will love the upgrade. (And yes, I’m totally making myself one too.)
Family Guess Who
via Madsens Memories
My mother-in-law loves board games. She’s the one who introduced me to Sorry, and Mexican Train, and Guess Who?–as an adult. She loves Guess Who? and she will go bananas over a customized version with our very own family photos in it.
I’ve been planning on whipping up a few Christmas aprons ever since I started sewing again this summer. And just as I was beginning to gather my supplies and make my sewing plans, Jodi put up a post over at her blog Sew Fearless about the beautiful aprons she made.
She reminded me why I’ve been wanting to make beautiful aprons for gifts this year: I just can’t find an apron like this in the stores. (Although there are some cute ones on Etsy!) And my mother-in-law has a thing for aprons.
Ruffly Tote Bag
My sister-in-law loves accessories, especially unique accessories that no one else has, and she is especially partial to orange and pink. I am super-excited to make her a custom tote bag in her favorite colors using this awesome tutorial from Mommy by day…Crafter by night.
She’s recently started her own cosmetics business, so I thought she might like a bag…but if I have the time I’d love to accessorize the accessory. What else should I make? A wristlet? A lipstick holder? I need ideas!
That’s what I’m making this Christmas. What gifts are you making this year?