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caiesmommy's Avatar caiesmommy 01:47 PM 05-04-2010
I loved last years December gift making thread...lets start a new one

Post your list of who you give to, any ideas of what your making...and don't forget cool links you think we'd all enjoy!

Let's have some fun!

wwisdomskr's Avatar wwisdomskr 01:54 PM 05-04-2010

iowaorganic's Avatar iowaorganic 02:55 PM 05-04-2010
no. just no.










ok- well not yet.
wholewheatchick's Avatar wholewheatchick 03:03 PM 05-04-2010
Actually, I have started thinking about this, because we are due with our first baby in the middle of Dec., so if I want to get gifts done, I need to get them done sooner than later!

So far I've decided on:
table runner for my mom
placemats and napkins of my MIL
fleecey fringey blanket for my sister, and my dad
have DH make some plain wooden blocks for my nephew
???? for FIL
DH: um...he gets a son or daughter, and hopefully, that's enough! lol

FIL and my dad also have birthdays in Dec., so I think I'll do some homemade spiced pecans or something like that

Not much; we have a small family.
zebra15's Avatar zebra15 04:11 AM 05-06-2010
I crochet and x-stitch all year long and take 'inventory' long about october. I really cut down on gifts outside this house. So mainly I give to DS. I found some new yarn that should be enough to make 3 coordinating scarves with and I can send those to mom, sis, and cousin. That is a quick 3 day project.

I need to start to focus back on x-stitch I have what seems like a million projects for that and NONE of them are done.
ms.shell's Avatar ms.shell 08:39 PM 05-06-2010
good idea i probably should go ahead and make up a list; i waited until nov/dec last year and made myself kinda crazy trying to finish everything in time- and then didn't get to some things i wanted to do.

for this year, the only thought i have put into christmas so far is that i want to make a bunch of felt food for ds and put it in this felted picnic basket:
http://lbbsfreepicnicbasket.blogspot...-patterns.html
i need to start working on food soon and think about the rest of my list...a lot of folks will probably get knit hats, tho, as i have just learned how and i haven't made anyone hats yet. lol
earthmama369's Avatar earthmama369 08:50 PM 05-06-2010
I'm not ready to do a specific list of folks matched up to gifts yet, but I have plans to do a lot of canning this year. Homemade applesauces, jams, and salsas in various combinations. Those went over really well last year. I'm also needle felting now, so I can do felted play food, appliqued bags, coffee cozies, and jewelry. I may do up some lotions and things like that if the mood strikes.
Fyrestorm's Avatar Fyrestorm 08:57 PM 05-06-2010
10 years ago, I set a president at work - I gave handmade gifts. Now everyone waits with expectancy for what I'm going to do each year. I am running out of ideas. I have to come up with something for gifts for 6 woman and 1 man.

I think I may do beaded watches for the ladies this year...not sure yet though...maybe I'll get some ideas here
joyfulheart's Avatar joyfulheart 09:34 PM 05-06-2010
I came to this forum wondering if a thread like this existed, and yes it does! Great!!

I have already knit a festive scarf for my mom for the holidays and am thinking of making a lap quilt for her as well.
I am knitting my niece and nephew holiday scarves as well. Haven't started, but I have the yarn. It's really fun!
Made jam yesterday and decorated the jars really cutely. Am pleased. Will continue jamming/canning all through summer and early fall. I like to give these as teacher gifts in cute baskets from the thrift store.
Am making my littlest nephew bean bags in fun fabric and a felt ball.
Would love to learn how to make candles and soaps to add to my gift giving.

Fun thread!
Magelet's Avatar Magelet 09:50 PM 05-06-2010
honestly, I'm moving towards not doing presents... or at least less and less.... but I don't think that would go over well with my family, (and I do love the whole family spectacle of presents. not nessicarily getting tons of gifts, but giving them, and everyone opening gifts the whole family together).

so... I'll need for sure:
mom
dad
sis-- I'm thinking really really tenatively a granny square afgan.... maybe. depending on if/when it's done, I might rather give it to her for her birthday (aug). (she's going to college, and though I know homemade isn't totally her style, I think she'd like having a homemade blanket for colder nights. (ok, it doesn't get cold in LA).
step-dad
future MIL
Future FIL
future SIL
future BIL
DP

maybe I'll try to put up some great food, or do food gifts in advance....
Fyrestorm's Avatar Fyrestorm 10:40 PM 05-06-2010
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Would love to learn how to make candles and soaps to add to my gift giving.

Have you thought about making felted soaps? No soap making skills necessary and they are fun to get the kids involved with.
joyfulheart's Avatar joyfulheart 12:12 AM 05-07-2010
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Have you thought about making felted soaps? No soap making skills necessary and they are fun to get the kids involved with.
Felted soaps? Really? How do you do it??? I would love to have my children involved in the process.

Thanks!!!!
Fyrestorm's Avatar Fyrestorm 12:54 AM 05-07-2010
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Felted soaps? Really? How do you do it??? I would love to have my children involved in the process.

Thanks!!!!

It's really fun and easy and you can use just about any kind of soap you want. I usually try for soaps in swaps or get handmade goats milk soaps at the farmers market...if you dad likes irish spring you can use that - it doesn't matter.

You need wool roving (which I also get from swaps or through the farmers markets) You basically wrap the soap both ways in the roving, shove it in a stocking (cut off or use a knee high), get it wetish with hot water and start gently working the roving into felt.

I know there are some tutorials and videos - let me see if I can link a few for you:

THIS ONE is pretty good, but if you use the stocking, you can do it all by hand and not need a grid thingy

THIS ONE uses the stocking method (I don't bother tieing a knot though, it seems to stay by itself - though it might be better for the kids)

A VIDEO - You can really see here where the stocking would come in
joyfulheart's Avatar joyfulheart 01:03 AM 05-07-2010
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Originally Posted by Fyrestorm View Post
It's really fun and easy and you can use just about any kind of soap you want. I usually try for soaps in swaps or get handmade goats milk soaps at the farmers market...if you dad likes irish spring you can use that - it doesn't matter.

You need wool roving (which I also get from swaps or through the farmers markets) You basically wrap the soap both ways in the roving, shove it in a stocking (cut off or use a knee high), get it wetish with hot water and start gently working the roving into felt.

I know there are some tutorials and videos - let me see if I can link a few for you:

THIS ONE is pretty good, but if you use the stocking, you can do it all by hand and not need a grid thingy

THIS ONE uses the stocking method (I don't bother tieing a knot though, it seems to stay by itself - though it might be better for the kids)

A VIDEO - You can really see here where the stocking would come in
Got it! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
zebra15's Avatar zebra15 01:30 AM 05-07-2010
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good idea i probably should go ahead and make up a list; i waited until nov/dec last year and made myself kinda crazy trying to finish everything in time- and then didn't get to some things i wanted to do.

for this year, the only thought i have put into christmas so far is that i want to make a bunch of felt food for ds and put it in this felted picnic basket:
http://lbbsfreepicnicbasket.blogspot...-patterns.html
i need to start working on food soon and think about the rest of my list...a lot of folks will probably get knit hats, tho, as i have just learned how and i haven't made anyone hats yet. lol
HI, Ms.shell.... I remember you from the 'challenge' thread... Nice to have a friend over here too....
LaughingHyena's Avatar LaughingHyena 08:29 AM 05-08-2010
I;mm not ready to start Christmas crafting just yet. I've got plenty of home projects to keep me busy and I'm not trying to guess the kids interests this early.

Some hits form last year though
I made aprons for the kids (3 & 5) which i packed up with some cake sprinkles. They loved them and they have had plenty of use.

For the adults we made jars of preserved lemons http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/j...ipe/index.html. Then printed out a little cookbook or recipes to use them in. They seem to have also gone over quite well.

I also made a few of these newspaper baskets http://www.craftstylish.com/item/476...om-a-newspaper which we filled with baked goodies for the great grandparents. Since non of them are able to do much cooking the lemons would not have worked for them.

Unfortunately the kids haven't yet shown much interest in the doorway puppet theatre but I'm hopeful that it's time will come.
JamieCatheryn's Avatar JamieCatheryn 10:31 AM 05-08-2010
Well, a while back I made these simple painted leather game boards of some ancient games, got glass game pieces (floral beads), sewed velvet drawstring bags for them and printed instructions. I was going to sell them but I think I'll give those to in town relatives this Christmas. I'm considering sewing a nice Edwardian apron for my best friend.

My kids could really use a puppet theater, I'll think about making the puppets - there are some nice looking ones on amazon for cheap but I suppose some knit puppets in natural fibers would be special.
ms.shell's Avatar ms.shell 01:34 PM 05-08-2010
i just bookmarked this as a neat gift idea; you crochet over a bangle bracelet and it looks really pretty- i'd like to do these for a particular sister and a s-i-l and an aunt (or 2), or it might be a great teacher gift....but first i will do one for me.
http://www.favecrafts.com/Bracelets/...angle-Bracelet
Purple Sage's Avatar Purple Sage 03:31 PM 05-08-2010
subbing for ideas.....maybe maybe I'll get crafty this year....
caiesmommy's Avatar caiesmommy 04:49 PM 05-08-2010
I'm loving that I'm not the only one thinking to the holidays!

I've started picking up little store bought gifts I scored 2 art sets, one was cars and one littlest pet shop for my dh's cousins kids and they were 2 bucks each! So it got me thinking I better start crafting too!

My list is disgustingly large! It's embarrassing!

-Ds(will be 4)
-Dd(will be almost 2)
-MIL-thinking x stitched pillow cases
-FIL-knit socks
-My Grandma
-Dh's Grandma
-dh's cousins kids-girl-2.5 boy-unborn still-thinking knitted sock monkeys
-dh's OTHER cousins kids-boy-5 girl-3(that's who the art sets are for) and Im thinking of wrapping them in handmade personalized totes
-My bff-
-My bff's b/f
-My bff's dog-knit dress or doggie sweater
-My aunts x 3-preserves for some/knitted things for others
-My uncles x 3-same
-Dh's aunts x 2-same
-Dh's uncles x 3-same

And well their is more...oh man is their more
rere's Avatar rere 11:51 AM 05-09-2010
This thread was a great inspiration to me last year!Caiesmommy,glad you started one for this year!I really haven't been making stuff lately and it's been sad.

Anyway I think my too long of a list is going to get a little bit shorter this year.Last year right before Christmas my mother decided we should do some sort of grab bag with the extended family.I had already made them all presents so it was too late for me but I think this year that's what will happen.I like the felted soaps for that...hmmm?

Can't wait to hear everyone's great ideas!
rere's Avatar rere 12:06 PM 05-09-2010

Oh forgot... my list and links!

Husband-(finished)

Daughter(6)- sketch book carrying case(finished)from me and her santa gifts will be bought because she's too observant and will know if I make them.

Mom-fabric bucket(finished)filled with art supplies(what she requested)and I bought her an inexpensive glass door because she loves to paint on glass.

Stepfather-oven mitt(finished) a cork board made from wine corks(finished)

Sister-fingerprint(her son's) necklace(finished) and a pretty dry erase marker board(finished)

BIL-etched beer glasses(finished)

Nephew(will be 19 months)- bean bags in a bucket(finished) and travel toy(finished)

Brother-wool felted slippers(finished)

Grab bag-lap blanket(finished)table runner(finished)and napkins in napkin rings(finished)

MIL-fabric bucket(finished) and knitting needles and my husband wants to buy her a cubs t-shirt.

Uncle-food,tea towel decorated by my daughter(finished), and oven mitt(finished)

Uncle-We'll plan an outing for him.(downtown to see the windows?)

Family Friend Woman-fabric bucket(finished) with yarn

FF Man- tea towel decorated by my daughter(finished)and an oven mitt(finished)

FF(14 yr old boy)-scarf(finished)

FF(11 yr old girl)-doughnut pillow(finished)

FF Man -  tea towel decorated by my daughter(finished) and oven mitt (finished)

FF(6 yr old girl)-sketch book carrying case(finished)

Cousin(will be 4yrs)-car travel toy(finished)

 

Friends(a couple)- blanket(finished)

Neighbor-oven mitt (finished)and cookies(finished)


And links!Here is a great place to get ideas from(I linked to them last year but I see new folks here so here they are again).

Here are some pics of the gifts I gave last year and the year before.And so far for this year.


And my daughter's making list because I need to keep track of that too.

Daddy-T-shirt with her footprints.She's made him one every year since she was born.(finished)Tea towel(finished)

Grandma-paint a bird house(finished)

Uncle-snowflake/star ornaments(finished)

Nani- painted window(finished)

 

Uncle-decorated mug(finished)

Titi- scarf(finished)

 

Uncle-tea towel(finished)

Cousin- lion pillow(finished)


Family friends-ornament(finished)

Aunty and Uncle-painted bird house(finished)

3 cousins-felted soaps(finished)

Aunty-ornaments(finished)

 

 

Neighbor-tea towel (finished)and cookies(finished)

 

Friends- decorated mirror(finished)


Purple Sage's Avatar Purple Sage 10:57 PM 05-10-2010
I just went to Hobby Lobby and bought a bunch of x-stitch stuff!

Hey, it's a start.
ms.shell's Avatar ms.shell 04:27 PM 05-11-2010
i was cleaning my craft room and came across several (blank) barrettes, which instead of putting away i just made up real quick. i did make a couple for me, but also a couple which i deposited in the gift basket, for my niece (who will get more than just that) and a little girl friend (who hopefully will, too)....i think that is kinda how i am gonna focus this right now; just work on using my (way too big) stash and building a FO pile for december. so thanks to this thread, there are already a few things in there i bet there will be more fo's in that basket soon, too.
zebra15's Avatar zebra15 05:24 PM 05-11-2010
Every year my list gets shorter and shorter. This year will be no different. Its no longer a shock to my family that if they get anything its homemade. I'm decluttering, downsizing, have no money (i can go on and on) plus the economy is in the toilet here.

I have a number of x-stitch kits I purchased and tons of yarn. So either a x-stitch item or a crocheted item it will be *IF* anything for relatives. DS is always the priority.
joyfulheart's Avatar joyfulheart 08:15 PM 05-11-2010
I made pineapple jelly this morning and am adding to my jam/jelly collection for gift giving.

Also, I will start on my nephew's holiday scarf this evening.

It feels great -- and it's only May!!!
JamieCatheryn's Avatar JamieCatheryn 08:24 PM 05-11-2010
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Every year my list gets shorter and shorter. This year will be no different. Its no longer a shock to my family that if they get anything its homemade. I'm decluttering, downsizing, have no money (i can go on and on) plus the economy is in the toilet here.

I have a number of x-stitch kits I purchased and tons of yarn. So either a x-stitch item or a crocheted item it will be *IF* anything for relatives. DS is always the priority.

Something about the juxtaposition here reminded me of this, now here's a gift idea LOL http://www.etsy.com/search_results.p...dmade&ref=auto
JamieCatheryn's Avatar JamieCatheryn 11:40 PM 05-11-2010
Ok This has inspired me, I went on Ravelry looking for ideas to knit.

DS1: knit puppets (zebra, panda, frog, if I can design them pigs and wolf?), mittens
DS2: knit or felt toy balls, mittens
Aunt, Uncle, 8 cousins, 2 brothers, sister in law: Hats in 5 styles
Grandma: knit shawl
Handmade soap for several of those households
Leather games that I already made for several too
MIL: Leather purse by DH

Friend: nice apron
Several other friends: homemade candies (peppermint bark, toffee, truffles)

DH: he wants a PS3, can't knit that
rere's Avatar rere 02:14 PM 05-12-2010
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I made pineapple jelly this morning and am adding to my jam/jelly collection for gift giving.
Mmmmmm...sounds good!
joyfulheart's Avatar joyfulheart 09:25 PM 05-12-2010
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Mmmmmm...sounds good!
It's delicious and super easy to make. If anyone's interested it's from Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda Amendt.

Love this thread!
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