Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Create DIY Christmas crafts like homemade bath salts for family and friends this holiday season.

| November/December 2014

  • Miscellaneous materials needed to create a fort building kit for a child.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • Materials needed to create a cloth journal.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • An apron made out of fabric with iron-on art attached to the front.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • A made-from-scratch step stool created with lumber and fabric.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • A Mason jar holder made with reclaimed lumber and hose clamps.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • A young girl wearing a hand-crafted backpack.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • Jars filled with blocks, Crayons and other toys.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • DIY herbal bath salts and scrubs.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • A birthday calendar created using reclaimed lumber, ribbon and miniature clothespins.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • The interior of a DIY art case showing how it holds pens, pencils and markers.
    Photo by Crystal Stevens
  • Homemade recipe book on display.
    Photo by Karen K. Will
  • Homemade organizer rack on the wall.
    Photo by Karen K. Will

Bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones this holiday season, without breaking the bank. Making your own gifts has many perks.

• It fulfills the intrinsic need to create. Making your own gifts allows for a creative outlet; the process is fun and rewarding.
• It reduces carbon footprint. Help eliminate the viscous waste cycle that is inevitable with the holiday season; reduce gas money and travel time by avoiding the shopping frenzy.
• It saves your sanity and allows you to avoid crowds.
• It saves money when you use materials you already have on hand.

Most of these gifts are so aesthetically pleasing they don’t even need to be gift wrapped. Just tie a ribbon or attach a bow.

Following are some simple and creative gift ideas for the special folks in your life.


Build a fort kit

What’s not to love about building a fort? Give children a timeless gift that will inspire imaginative play. Pillow cases or plain cloth bags can be personalized with the child’s name or the words “DIY Fort Kit” using acrylic paint or permanent marker.



Into the personalized bag, place a combination of repurposed household items like old sheets, ropes, linens, clothespins, handkerchiefs, twine, clamps, bungee cords and shoelaces. Add flashlights, batteries, playing cards and snacks for extra fun.


Cloth journal

Use recycled cardboard, such as a used notebook cover. Use a nice piece of fabric, an old piece of clothing, or repurposed linen. Cut the fabric to the size of the cardboard, or a little larger if you want nice pleated and finished edges. Sew the fabric onto the cardboard with a sewing machine.






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