The Ultimate List of Perfect DIY Gift Basket Ideas

DIY gift basket ideas
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Themed gift baskets make amazing, affordable, and memorable gifts. The key is to pick the items carefully and to pay attention to the presentation. Here is a complete list of our very favorite gift basket ideas for everyone on your list, plus money-saving tips and tricks on assembling DIY gift baskets!   

 Who likes getting gift baskets during the holidays? The better question is: Who doesn't?! The best gift baskets are the ones filled with stuff we love. Continue Reading

This Simple DIY Advent Gift Calendar Is Perfect for Adults

Adult ADvent Calendar DIY project idea - materials

I'm going to use this platform to declare this: advent calendars are kinda the best. They capture all the excitement building in the hearts and minds of children and they temper it by delivering it in small doses the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Growing up, the method my parents employed was a drug store calendar filled with tiny poor-quality milk chocolates that my brother and I retrieved by poking our fingers through a small perforated square. Continue Reading

How To: Impress Everyone with Perfect Gift Wrapping

created at: 12/20/2011My dad used to do grunt work at a hospital, and one of his responsibilities was to make the beds and get them ready for new patients.  He became very good and fast and pretty much expected us kids to have perfectly made beds after imparting upon us the “right way” to make a bed.  So, what does this have to do with wrapping presents, you ask?   Because I became an expert sheet-tucker, I inadvertently became pretty darn good at wrapping presents too- the technique is one in the same.  Continue Reading

15 Bundled Gift Combos to Keep Everybody Busy and Happy

created at: 2009/12/17

The best gifts are the ones you get to fiddle around with all day long on Christmas day and beyond. After figuring out this brilliant formula for gift giving success, it almost seems too easy. Whatever the interest, buy a gadget, a book, and materials or tools to go with it. You get tons of mileage out of one theme and the recipient can’t help but get completely engaged in the activity it provides. Check out tons of links right here. Continue Reading

Alternative Gift Wrap: Thrift-Store Sewing Patterns.

Rikkianne from Chakra Pennywhistle has a fine idea, indeed: wrap your handmade gifts in a paper a bit more suitable to their contents – thrifted sewing patterns.

Don’t worry – these aren’t the vintage patterns featuring classic designs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s… if your thrift store features those, you, my friend, are in luck and should buy them all up quickly.

Nope. In 2010, most shelves are graced with McCalls from the late 70s through early 90s, and no matter how hip Kanye has made new wave couture, that jumper from 1987 is simple not gonna come back in style. Continue Reading

Loom Flower Holiday Bows

Cathy over on Craftstylish has used her flower loom to embellish holiday packages, and the outcome is absolutely darling. She also offers a tutorial on how to loom the little buggers. If you’re interested in this technique, you can actually make your own loom, like I did. And although Cathy’s bows are much prettier than, say, bows made of old casette tape tape, they’re not as tree-hugger-y. 🙂 

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Sixteen Recycled Handmade Gift Ideas

 created on: 11/10/08

  If you’re condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place.  For that reason, this is a quick “off the top of my head” list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings.  Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don’t be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition.  Your family and friends will treasure the time, thought and your one-of-a-kind creativity that you invest in each gift transform. Continue Reading