Handmade and Homemade: Super Easy DIY Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas Gifts

Posted on 12/07/2010

Feeling a little crazed from all the holiday consumerism? Rather than hitting mega stores and strip malls why not head to the local craft store for gifts? Friends and family members will likely appreciate the uniqueness of your handmade and homemade gift. So whether you’re shopping for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, here are some super easy DIY ideas—no special skills required.

Personalized Ornaments - Buy some plain ornaments at a craft store and have fun embellishing them with silver or gold pens like these sold at KitKraft.biz. Write holiday wishes, draw simple pictures and include the date so they can always remember when you gave them the special gift.

Unique Vases - Pick up some silver and gold metallic tape at Dick Blick Art Supplies. It’s just $8.07 per roll. Wrap the tape around a plain vase like these available from save-on-crafts.com to create a custom design. It’s perfect for jazzing up any bouquet of flowers.

Edible Gifts - Just about everyone appreciates a special holiday treat. Whip up some cookies, biscotti or even homemade trail mix. Package it up inside a handmade felt bag using these tips from CraftGossip.com. Seem too tough? Simply decorate a plain brown lunch bag with holiday stamps.

Iron-On Kitchen Towels - You don’t have to have any special skills to decorate a plain kitchen towel with iron-ons like these birds from Artfire.com. Just follow the simple instructions and soon a boring kitchen towel will have a fresh new look that your loved one won’t mind displaying.

Etching Glass - Create the look of a high-end wine glass with a few craft supplies. Pick up some glass etching cream, a product available at Walmart. Use tape to create a design on your glass and apply the etching cream where you want the glass to appear frosted. Let it sit according to the directions, then wash it off completely and remove the tape to reveal your custom design.

Chalkboard Clipboard - Pick up a plain clipboard like this one at Kmart for just $1.49. Paint it with chalkboard paint to create a fun way to record household messages or announce meal plans. This gift will literally take more time to wrap and deliver than it will to create.

By Alison Storm

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