I am a huge fan of making Christmas gifts. We started doing it several years ago with my husbands family and this year will be our second go around with my Mom's side of the family. I love thinking about what to make for the other person, planning for it, making the gift and ultimately, if the choice was a good one or not. Everyone comes up with some pretty neat ideas. One year my sister-in-law made homemade spaghetti sauce for my husband. My other sister-in-law made lamps for my in-laws out of birch wood. My Uncle made a collage of pictures I hadn't seen since I was a little kid for me. Anything goes, napkin ring holders, homemade candles, cookies-in-a-jar, photo books, silly joke gifts, jewellery, whatever you can think of. It is not supposed to be hard, it's supposed to be fun...I hope. Everyone's name who is participating goes into a hat, and then every one draws. We do the draw at the annual Christmas get together for the following year. However, with all that said, I do not make gifts for everyone, that would be crazy. We still do the traditional gift exchange with our 'core four', as well as my mom and my in-laws as well. A little of both is a nice mix I think. Here are a few make-a-gifts I have done in the past.
My Aunt is a huge fan of anything Mickey & Minnie Mouse, and everyone needs a tote bag, so I put the two together. I purchased the tote bag at a craft store, you could even get one at the dollar store. I purchased some felt, printed off a Mickey Mouse silhouette and blanket stitched the felt onto the bag. I did the same with the letters of her name. My grandma found a little stuffed Minnie Mouse at a thrift store, so I removed the bow from that and voila!
Mod Podged the leaves but I was an early crafter and had no idea what that was. I will post this years make-a-gifts after their reveal...we don't want to spoil the surprise ;)