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Top Christmas Gift Ideas You Can Make Yourself


Nothing says Christmas more than the thought of a gift that’s homemade and from the heart. It exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas and really shows how much love can be behind a present. We have put together some DIY ideas for all ages and skill sets, so don’t worry if you are not a master crafter, we’re here to help!

candlesCandles- Candles are a great way to warm up any home and make a great gift for hostesses over the holidays. Use plain colored candles as your focal point and add your choice of holiday accents. A simple idea is to place your candle inside a clear vase and accent it with holly and ribbons. This makes a great table center piece!

Scrapbook –
around Christmas time people usually think back on all of the great memories shared throughout the year. Perfect for coaches of sports teams and close friends, a scrap book helps recollect past memories and leaves room for new memories to come. A scrapbook is not just any old album, its sentimental value means more than a regular photo album would.

ornamentsChristmas Ornaments- Nothing says Merry Christmas like a homemade ornament. A great gift for all ages and super easy to personalize too! Find some plain Christmas tree bulbs and decorate them with paint glitter or thumbprints. Or cut out some festive shapes using felt, like the cute little gingerbread men pictured to the left. This is an easy craft for all skill levels, if you are an experienced crafter this is your chance to get creative!

Mittens- Have you ever noticed how those designer mitts at big department stores look like they are handmade? Well instead of going out and buying an expensive pair, make them yourself. Simple and easy, knit a pair of mitts this holiday season, a warm and useful gift for fingers of all sizes!

Detail view of many various colorful neacklaces, bracelets, beads, accessories and souvenirs.

Stockings- Original often says it best. Tired of the Christmas stockings that are sold at the store and all look the same? Create an original masterpiece for a special someone this year. Make a stocking from the heart and they’ll be sure to look forward to receiving gifts every year in a homemade stocking rather than a store bought duplicate. If you are a skilled sewer this is your chance to have fun mixing and matching holiday patterns. Don’t sew? No problem. Find a plain stocking at your local dollar store or drug store and have fun decorating it with fabric paints, glitter and your choice of holiday trinkets.

Beaded Necklace- Crafty and creative, a necklace is always a smart choice when deciding what to get a special someone and homemade can never be beat. This is a great gift for the fashionable women in your life. If you’re feeling really creative make a set complete with earrings and a bracelet!


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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