Green Christmas

How many trips have you made to the mall this holiday season? Not to rub it in, but I have made none! This year, I chose to cut down on my list of gift recipients and give each person a handmade gift. I’ve made two trips to the craft store and spent about $35. I don’t have any children so my list is admittedly shorter than most, but my gifting philosophy can be easily adapted to fit your situation. Here are a few gifts I’ve made:

Book boxes. For the cost of a jar of Mod Podge and a donation to the library’s used book sale, I’ve made 5 unique, personalized book boxes.

Christmas tree ornaments. I bought plain glass ornaments from the craft store for $2.99 and decoupaged them with book pages (leftovers from my book boxes). I also ripped some pages into strips, curled them around a narrow paintbrush handle, and dropped them into clear glass ornaments. I added glitter on the bottom for some sparkle.

Baby bath towel. This is simply a towel with a washcloth sewn into one corner. The little one puts the washcloth corner over his head and he can run around with his towel as a superhero cape!

Coasters. If you don’t know how to crochet, learn! I made a set of six coasters from yarn I had left over from other projects. Note: To access the pattern in this link, you’ll need to create a free account at the Lion Yarn website.

Cookie mix. Layer the dry ingredients for a batch of cookies in a mason jar, add a bright ribbon and tag, and you’re done! The gift recipient can reuse the jar after she’s made the cookies.

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