Handmade Holiday Has Begun!

by Chris on November 21, 2011

Handmade Holiday

If you’re not frugal, or you’re lucky enough to be rolling around in bed in 100 dollar bills (that’s different), then perhaps this party won’t help you. For the rest of us, however? It’s ON!

So here’s my contribution. A drawer. It’s my “gift drawer”. I keep my collection of cards, crafts, and tins in here in case I need a last minute gift for someone and don’t have time to shop.

craft drawer

My reason for showing you this is that my Handmade Holiday advice is this– sometimes it’s the packaging that people care about more than the actual gift. Trust me on this one.

My daughter’s friend LOVES to do her hair. She buys books on how to do hair; she likes to do other friends’ hair; and her name is actually Harry. No it’s not.

So we went and purchased a bunch of hair ties, bows, clips, and headbands at the dollar store and Target. I think we spent $5.00? I picked up these tins for .49 cents each. They have a clear lid so she can see which tin she needs when doing her hair.

tins and hair bows

Stack those babies up, curse at them because they won’t stay together, and wrap them with a pretty bow! My daughter thought my tag joke was quite funny. I have the sense of humor of a 9-year old. Great.

decorative present

Another concern of mine is when it comes to gift cards. I love using them, but there’s just not much to them. So…I always try to pair them up with something more personal—even if it means spending less on the actual card.

teacher gift idea

I bought a $10 gift card, and I found stationary for $3.00 to go with it. The pencils (already had) were in the $1 section at Michaels, and the tin (already had) was in the $1 section at Target. In other words, if you ever lose me in a store, you know where to find me.

teacher gift

People just like to know that you took some time with your gift. When they see the gift card is for $10, chances are they’re not going to say, “Man. I wish it would have been for $20.”

It’s your turn! Thank you for being here and sharing your ideas! Please spread the word!



Whycuzican November 21, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thanks for this neat party! This year, I’m making lots of fun pillows, with what folks love/collect/do in mind.

I have a friend with a hubs’ who had a hardware store for years, so I made her a pillow with a pretty graphic in french about a LOCKSMITH shoppe, another friend who is very into the french country/animal thing, so I made her this Beautiful Bovine pillow, etc.

Thanks for letting me join up,
Suzanne at WhyCuzICan

Rachelle @ Fingerprints on the Fridge November 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

My oldest would LOVE the hair tie gift. So cute. Thanks for hosting my dear!


Beth@A2Z November 21, 2011 at 9:12 am

Should I admit that it actually took me a second to get the Ma-Hairy? No. No, I shouldn’t :). Love you and love your ideas! Thanks for hosting!

Paige November 21, 2011 at 9:29 am

You’re right about the packaging! A little tin or a basket can make a simple gift have a lot of oomph.

Veronica November 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

I like the gift card in the bucket paired with a few extra gifts! Thanks for hosting!

Janet November 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I’m always on the lookout for gift ideas for my daughters’ friends, so thank you for sharing these fun ideas! I love how you packaged them, they look so cute! :)

Layla November 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

CUTE CUTE CUTE…and your photography is SMOKIN HOT, too! :-D

Julie M. ~ The Little Red Shop November 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

That is a sweet idea! Thank you for hosting such a festive party! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s fabulous ideas.

: )

Julie M.

ps Love those pencils!!!

Heather November 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I would love to get that last gift- I think “dollar bin” gifts can be perfect when they show that the gift giver really knows *you* and what you like!

Lizette November 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Super cute ideas! Thanks for hosting such a fun party!

Debra November 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

Love the gift drawer idea – & those dollar areas – I especially like when the dollar items go on sale. :) Thanks for hosting!

Vanessa November 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

Thank you for hosting. Happy Thanksgiving.


Kassi @ Truly Lovely November 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

OH I agree! Sometimes the packaging is the BEST part! Thanks for hosting!!

Dream Mom November 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

Oh, those look good. I’ll be making a lot of Christmas gifts this year so I can’t wait to pour through these entries.

Cute ideas as always!

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