Elizabeth - my grandma made me some beaded styrofoam christmas balls when i got married, and they are some of my most prized possessions
I am sure the recipients of your ornaments will be so pleased!
My mom gave me a scrapbook page she did about 2 years ago and i LOVED it. i am a scrapbooker, but what really meant a lot to me was that she tried to do something special that she knew I was interested in even though it wasnt her forte. So - maybe think about what your recipient likes to do and try to do something involved with that... even if you're not experienced. The recipient will be so pleased that you put time and effort and thought into their gift, even if its not perfect!
I havent finalized my gift making list yet, but I've been doing as much as I can, and just always working on something new... never *not* working on gifts... kwim? SO something is always on the needles, or waiting for a final seam on the sewing machine, etc.... i have a box filling up already with gifts.
So far I have a nice wool handbag, a wool wristlet handbag, two wool hats for my kids, a bib with matching hat, booties, and blanket for a friends' baby, another 2 pairs of booties for her baby, a gorgeous ribbon scarf for my MIL, a fun-fur hat for my youngest's birthday in nov, and a matching fun-fur hat for her doll. i also just finished up 2 hat and scarf sets for a dear friend's two children for an early "thinking of you" package.
I know for sure that I will be making:
~LOTS of crochet / knitted hats
~LOTS of crochet / knitted scarves
~painted little wooden people (i have about 25 little wooden people that i can decorate.... i may do several for my kids, and then a couple for friends' children as well!)
~loofah-soap (melt and pour over slices of loofah sponge)
~bath salts in beautiful recycled craft jars
~sugar scrubs / coffee scrubs in beautiful recycled craft jars
~a sweater jacket for my youngest
~a wrap for my mom
~vintage recycled quilt aprons
~embroidered goodies (i'm hoping to do a simple embroidery project every week from now until Christmas)
For the men, I am doing some different things:
~camping themed goodies: camping mat (cot-sized foam sheet, covered in durable upholstery fabric that i have in my stash), super-cozy blanket, thick knitted socks, neck warmer or scarf, homemade jerky or dried fruits and vegetables that they can take hiking, trail mix, a crocheted water bottle slinger, a first aid kit, etc.
~car kits: a cozy blanket to keep in the trunk in case of emergencies, a sewn seat-organizer (hangs on the back of the front seat) since my husband is such a stickler for having an organized car hehe, a natural car air freshener made from essential oils and cardboard (you can use scrapbook supplies and chipboard for this... just saturate it in the oil and hang it from the rear view mirror), a first aid kit, etc)
~food (always a pleaser
~coupon book with IOU's for things like massage, mow the lawn, etc.
and here's my FAVORITE: the $25 daytrip (or cheaper).
~go to the local chamber of commerce and get brochures and maps of the city. Go through and find free or very very cheap activities that you can do in your area. Its important to have the brochures so that you have something to "present" to the person for their gift! Include a throw-away camera, and $25 in gas cards or in food certificates - however you want to spend that $25. Better yet, pack a picnic lunch, and ride your bike all over town to really take in the sights. Map out the trip on one of the city maps from the chamber of commerce, and write a note about how much you are looking forward to going on a "trip" with them.