The holidays are sneaking up on us this year (just like every year, really), and I’m always a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to coming up with gifts for the neighbors, the teachers, my coworkers, etc. This year, instead of spending a fortune on a last-minute run to the store, I thought I’d try my luck at some handmade gifts—something with a little more Hygge vibe.
I’m a Pinner through and through but this year I’ve also fallen in love with Creativebug—thanks to the library. I spent a few minutes during my lunch hour browsing the tutorials and have assembled a pretty solid list of general gift ideas to make.
Here’s my selection criteria:
1. Beginner to Intermediate skill levels.
2. No sewing or crocheting.
3. Bonus points for gifts that my kids can help make.
SOAKS, SALTS & SCRUBS
Beginner | 20 min
Learn four basic recipes for bath time bliss.
PRESERVES, LIQUEURS & INFUSIONS
Beginner | 46 min
In this class, Kelly and Sarah share six recipes for holiday preserves, all of which make perfect gifts for your favorite foodies. From boozy concoctions to pickled veggies, each recipe is super-simple, quick-to-make, and requires a relatively short wait period before they can be consumed. Alcohol-based recipes include a grapefruit-ginger infused vodka, a cherry-vanilla-orange bourbon, coffee liqueur, and orange-fig bitters. For non-alcoholic options, recipes include a zippy preserved lemon, a no-fuss quick pickle, or a tart, sweet syrup called a shrub made from cranberries and pomegranates.
Beginner | 14 min
Use thrifted teacups and environmentally-friendly soy wax to make quick and cute candles.
COLOR IMAGE TRANSFERS ON WOOD
Beginner | 11 min
Turn those small, intimate moments from life into a permanent treasure by transferring them onto wood. Working with photos printed out on laser copies, Courtney Cerruti shows you how to create the transfers, offering a few different finishing techniques to customize your miniature works of art. The wood adds luminosity and brings out the beautiful, muted colors in your photograph.
BEADED LEATHER TASSEL NECKLACE
Beginner | 21 min
In this class, Elke shares instructions for making one of her signature creations: a bohemian leather tassel necklace. She begins by teaching you how to make the leather tassel, and then demonstrates how to add the beads and leather lacing. This is a great project for beginning beaders and leatherworkers— experiment with color combinations and styles to make a necklace with boho charm.
PAINT PEN MUGS
★★★★★ | (65)
Beginner | 12 min
Customize ceramic mugs with easy-to-use paint markers.
Beginner | 22 min
Use a blend of body butters plus beeswax to make a lotion bar that melts with the heat of your skin.
Honestly, I think we all know that even Martha Stewart couldn’t make all of these before Christmas but here’s to trying a few and seeing how they turn out.