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Handmade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Posted by: Mira Roberts

Every year, the frenzy surrounding the holidays seems to start earlier, making this special time of year feel busy rather than merry, and expensive rather than bright. This year, instead of participating in long lines, hours of bargain shopping, financial strain and late night shopping in the days leading up to your favorite holiday, choose to show your loved ones how much you care with your own two hands.

You don't have to be an expert crafter or a seasoned DIY'er to make one-of-a-kind gifts for the ones you love. Handmade gifts can be simple, fun to make and truly special in a world where store bought gifts have become the norm. All you need is time set aside to work, a few simple materials and easy tutorials to walk you through the process.

This holiday season, bring the joy back into your gift giving experience, and make gifts for the ones that matter most by hand. We have easy and elegant handmade gift ideas that are perfect for novice DIY'ers and expert crafters. As a bonus, you can get your entire family involved in helping you to create gifts for teachers, friends, neighbors and anyone else on your holiday list.

Here are handmade gift ideas to kick off this holiday season with renewed cheer and pure joy! 

Tea Wreath
Is your child's teacher, your next door neighbor or babysitter a tea fanatic? This beautiful and thoughtful tea wreath is the perfect gift, and is easy (and fast) to create. After you gather your list of supplies (including your loved one's preferred brand of tea), set aside an hour to get cracking on this fun and colorful tutorial from Kojo Designs.

Washi Tape Journals
Do you know aspiring writers or teens who need an outlet? These washi tape journals are as fun to make as they are to look at, and make for excellent gifts for just about anyone in your life who needs a place to put their thoughts. Also a fun gift to give to a teacher, you can make these journals with your kids for a family fun craft day, and share in the gift of handmade gift giving together!

Paper Doll Kit
Seasoned DIY'ers and more experienced crafters will simply love creating this fun paper doll kit for the crafty, creative kids in their lives. You can customize your kits to suit your little one's personal style or needs, and watch the surprise and delight on their faces when they realize you've made them an activity they can play with for hours.

Canvas Portrait
Give your loved one the gift of a beautiful, handmade memory in the form of a canvas portrait with this simple and easy craft from A Beautiful Mess. This project is so easy and inexpensive, you may find yourself making a few to keep for yourself! All you need is a stretched canvas, the portrait you wish to transfer, paintbrushes and gel medium, and voila! You'll have a wonderful piece of art to cherish for years to come.

Instagram Calendar
Is your special someone an amateur instagram photographer with serious skills? Take their expert photography from the small screen to their kitchen or office wall with this simple and fun DIY photo calendar idea. Of course, before you go using anyone's photos, make sure you gain their permission, then get to work creating a calendar filled with their favorite images to enjoy and marvel at, all year long!

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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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