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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Forget Black Friday Shopping ~ Make Your Own Handmade Christmas Gifts

Ring in the season with these Christmas theme handmade gifts. From cozy candles to stamped sachets ~ you'll delight friends, family, teachers or co-workers with any one of these personalized handmade Christmas gifts.

Holiday Coffee Sleeves

Fashion a cute Christmas sock or small sweater into a reusable sleeve for coffee or hot cocoa to go. After washing, cut a 3-inch section from the top of your clothing. Embellish with buttons or felt snowflake cutouts for added winter charm. Slip the sleeve onto your to-go cup or tumbler, roll the ends to hide frays, and start sipping.

Photo Frame Calendar

This sweet and easy-to-make Christmas gift will be appreciated all year long. Fill one side of a hinged dual photo frame with a mini monthly calendar and fill the other with a special photo. Include the other months in a plastic sleeve, so the recipient can change the calendar as needed, along with fun stickers and scrapbook paper so they can personalize the design if desired.

Christmas Flower Gift

An amaryllis bulb in a beautifully decorated terra-cotta pot is the perfect Christmas gift for those with a green thumb. Tie a bow with a wide red ribbon around the pot and nestle a sprig of ivy and a Christmas ornament in the pot for a gift-worthy presentation.

Stamped Sachets

Homemade sachets make easy, affordable Christmas gifts you can create in bulk. Dress up purchased drawstring muslin bags with a pretty rubber stamp design, then fill with fragrant cedar shavings.

Monogrammed Candle

Personalize a store-bought candle for an inexpensive Christmas gift. Simply wrap cardstock around the candleholder, and embellish it with a die-cut accent and letter. No die-cutting tool? No problem -- use stickers instead.

Framed Inspirational Sentiment

Give a friend or family member's desk a little holiday flair with a framed quote. This one is done with a seasonal motif, but you can adapt the project to fit the recipient's passions or interest.

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