None of the following crafty things were my ideas; all of them came with some kind of pattern, recipe or example for me to follow. Feel free to steal these ideas for some of your Christmas gifts, too. (None of them came from Pinterest, either. I fear that I might get sucked into Pinterest so I'm doing my best to avoid it.)
First, a really sweet lady from one of my book clubs made these for all of us last year and I just had to steal her idea:
All of the candy can be found at your local dollar store. They are inexpensive, easy to make and super cute. I made these for Evan's classmates and I got quite a few "That is SO cute!" and "What a great idea!" exclamations from his teachers and the moms of his classmates. His classmates, all of them three years old, didn't care about the cute factor. That was fine with me. I still got to look like an artsy-craftsy rock star to their moms.
I found recipes for the following on or through Crunchy Betty's blog:
Again, they were inexpensive, simple to make and cute. I took this set to a friend who is recovering from hip surgery and is pretty much stuck at home for the next few weeks. They seemed to brighten her day. She really liked that the bath salts (which she will be using for a foot soak since she can't get in and out of the bathtub very easily) were candy-cane striped:
This last craft is a bit more complicated since you have to know how to cross stitch to make them. It is also a lot more time-consuming, but the effort is completely worth it when you see the result:
I made Sydney's and Liam's stockings years ago, but just finished Evan's about a month ago. The kids love them and I know that they're the kind of thing they'll hold on to for a long time. Well, Sydney will hold on to hers; the boys' future wives will probably be the ones to hold on to theirs.
Of course, now that I have theirs done, Ryan wants one of his own since he claims that his stocking (that his mother made for him when he was little) doesn't match the rest. Somehow my stocking (that my mother made for me when I was little) does coordinate with the kids' stockings. But I don't mind the mismatch:
What do you think?