It might not be a major head start on Christmas, but now is as good a time as any to begin checking your own list and coming up with the perfect gift for those on that list. Whether you wish to save money or just be creative, here is a list of gift ideas to get your own creative juices flowing.
1. Gift Tags
For gift tags, recycle fronts of birthday or other greeting cards. I use this with gift tags for Christmas, using older greeting cards. I usually write a special, personal wish and trim the edges with scrapbooking scissors, or just old pinking shears, and thread an appropriate ribbon through a hole punched in a corner. Making a small bundle of an assortment of tags, enhanced with anything you might already have on hand, makes a welcome, unique, individual gift.
2. Picture Frames
Make two or three picture frames personal by finding puzzles with interesting, recipient-specific pictures/pieces and gluing them in a neat, sort of random order. You may already have puzzles that are missing a couple of pieces; thrift stores or yard sales are other choices for finding puzzles; or discount stores may have them for a dollar or less. After the frame is complete and the glue dry, decorate however you wish, and finally paint on a clear acrylic for a finished look and to encourage pieces, your creation, to stay in place. By making frames in a couple of various sizes for either male or female pictures, you offer a quite usable, appropriate gift.
Personalized stationery is another “art form” you might want to consider. This is really great for giving to teachers, grandparents, various relatives. Bundles of four or six notes and their envelopes adorned with “Designs by (child’s name)” bring a smile as you write a note of thanks, thinking of you, or a happy greeting of any sort.
These homemade gifts may sound a bit pre-school-ish, but they are inexpensive, personal, and unique. Other ideas include the ever popular gift cards with coupons for “something extra.” For a special couple’s anniversary, a coupon for baby/child sitting while they use their gift card to a restaurant or movie; a coupon for one of your specialty cakes for their birthday…or their child’s birthday; a coupon for housecleaning prior to the arrival of a first baby/grandparents find grateful beneficiaries.
If food is your forte, buy bags of nuts…if prefer pecans…and prepare them for snacking on those trips to relatives…a bag for your own snacking and one to give! You can actually use one pound bags…and make a half bag of spicy and half bag sweet; another choice would be the basic roasted, oh so slightly salted version. Giving bake ware may seem rather bland, but a recipe or two tucked inside is all the more special.
Using old, leftover, or vintage small tiles (usually bathroom tiles work well), serve as great coasters for men as well. Clean them up, let them dry thoroughly, use permanent stamps in colors suitable for a study or office, seal with acrylic or other sealing medium, and wrap in a coordinating ribbon or string. Attach a small note from the recycled cards, or with permanent ink personalize each coaster with a note on the underside.
7. Gift Baskets
Lastly, what are some things you always seem to run out of just at the worst time? A gift basket or bag of toiletry items; spices…like salt; sticky notes in various size with one of those pens that writes four colors; breath mints or gum; snack size popcorn; individual coffees and/or teas; even a carton of light bulbs…40 or 60 watt are all usually good choices. So very practical; for the person that supposedly has everything!
Give any of these ideas a whirl and see if indeed they are not so expensive. As you take a moment to consider what you can do to save a couple of cents, be bold and take a chance, they may just be so well received you will never have to darken the halls of “your” mall again…especially at Christmas! Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel! …and lots more!
8. Outside the Box
There are certain items that everyone turns to when it comes to buying presents. For example, some people choose to buy a bath gift basket, candles, chocolate or maybe a bottle of wine. Instead of resorting to boring, try to think outside the box when giving gifts. For example, instead of giving them a box of chocolate, give them all the items they would need to make their own sweet treats. Instead of a bottle of wine, give them a case of craft beer. There’s always a way to think outside the box and make a great creative gift for someone. It just requires a little bit of effort.
Jessica Brown lives in Dallas and loves to sew, cook, and write . Jessica enjoys making fun and creative for her family members and friends each year.