You can craft uniquely personalized gifts for everyone on your gift list. Using the supplies most of us already have on hand, you will be able to craft-up really delightful gifts.
Gifts for Foodies
Better Homes and Gardens shows us how to make a “Personalized Lunch Box”, filled with home-baked cookies, or candies, for foodies with a sweet tooth. And what about a “Decorated Treat Jar” stuffed with pistachios, sunflower seeds, or trail mix for healthier snacking?
Any health-nut foodie would delight in this beautiful, “Transform Nuts into a Star Wreath” for the holidays, although I would include a hand-held nut cracker. And to make a fresh-fruit wreath, “Watch: How to Make an Apple Christmas Wreath” from bhg.com.
Gifts for Music Lovers
Sew this appliqued musical-scale wall hanging “Another Starry Music-Filled Night”, at Craftster.org, which could also be used for a festive table runner. However a speedier project may be an appliqued, decorator pillow with musical notes, easy enough for kids when following instructions found in “Kids Hand-Stitched Applique Christmas Gift Pillows”.
Turn old sheet-music into delightful gifts of lovely wreaths, pictures, and floral bouquets, like those found in “Upcycled Sheet Music Crafts” from Dish Functional Designs online. And cover a memory box, journal book, or sheet-music folder too.
Paint “Musical-Theme Coasters” onto tile squares, and “Add Spare Jingle Bells to a Christmas Wreath” for a melodious gift. In “Just Add Wind Chimes” we see how to make beaded-bamboo patio chimes, for the soothing sounds of music.
Gifts for Ocean Lovers
Frame shells against a colorful, patterned matting, as in this “Dimensional Art” grouping, or matted on natural fabrics like this “Framed Shells”, using a masculine, blue and brown-plaid trim. Or make this quick “Shell-Edged Place Mat” which could also be used as a hot plate.
Shell-covered gifts such as this “Beach Treasure Box” are always enjoyed, following instructions found in “Homemade Seashell Memory Boxes Kids Can Make for Gifts”. And craft an easy shell-rimmed basket or “Bucket of Shells”, and try mixing in pine cones, plus interesting seed pods (for nature lovers too).
Gifts for Nature Lovers
Stamping painted leaves or ferns onto framed picture matting, and adding a personalized photo as in “Leafy Picture Frame” will be enjoyed by any nature lover. And using interesting driftwood pieces (or pine boughs) cover a mirror frame as in “Round It Up”, and spray paint it.
Or make a natural candle-holder as shown in “Color Connection”, with matching basket as discovered in “More Ways to Get the Natural Look”. Complete the gift by adding pine cones to the basket, sprinkle with cinnamon, and tie up with a bow.
Gifts for Desert Dwellers
Make an elegant “Dried Flower Wreath” from dried dahlias or yucca blooms, with an over-sized sheer-white ribbon hanger. Or a refreshingly cool, and “Fragrant Fruit Wreath” made with orange, and lemon slices (instructions included for both).
Paint and paper a “Tray for Nature Display” with glued-down maps of abandoned mining villages, or historic ghost towns, and finish with a coat of clear-spray gloss. Or plant a succulent garden in a decorative, “Nature Jar Display” filled with smooth desert stones.
Gifts for Gardening Enthusiasts
This simple “Gardening Gift” is actually a painted flower pot, with matching saucer, tied up, and disguised as a gift box, to fill with seed packets and gardening gloves. Create “Concrete or Plaster-Cast Beach Art for Home and Garden Décor” gifting, or these low-cost garden-leaf stepping stones “The Right Steps”.
Make your favorite gardener an all-natural wreath, of “Green Gourds and Leaves”. And turn a strip of hooks into something your favorite gardener can use to “Organize Garden Tools”, with linked instructions from This Old House.