DIY Christmas Gifts

Anne Vassal shares these inexpensive DIY Christmas gift ideas to help craft-challenged and busy folk make life a little easier during the holiday season.

| December 2001/January 2002

These easy, inexpensive DIY Christmas gift ideas will make any gift recipient smile.

Homemade Christmas Gifts

Infused Herb Vinegar Gifts
Red Wine Garlic-Herb Vinegar Recipe
Spicy Asian Vinegar Recipe
Easy Herb Vinaigrette Recipe
Vintage Hankerchief Sachet Gifts
Homemade Christmas Gift Basket
Christmas Photo Gifts
Christmas Gift Certificate Ideas

You can make these quick, inexpensive gifts even if you are craft-challenged and ridiculously busy. (See gift links above.)

When the holidays roll around, it's easy for me to rebel against the credit card companies and department stores pressuring us to shop 'til we drop. Waiting in long lines just to go into debt is not my idea of fun. Also, unless you're starting out in life-like our 21-year-old son who needs everything — most of us already have too much stuff in our homes, which we continue to rearrange until it eventually ends up in a landfill.

With all this in mind, I'm always in search of holiday ideas that will enable us to have the It's-a-Wonderful-Life kind of holiday while remaining environmentally and fiscally responsible. Homemade gifts to the rescue. Although some shopping is still necessary, it won't make much of a dent in your pocketbook. And believe me, I'm not talking about turning your house into a craft factory from August through December. Any crafts in my life must be easy to assemble, no glue gun or power tools required.

In case you're dismissing the homemade alternative because you don't have time, consider this possibility: Making these gifts takes less time than driving to your local department store and buying Uncle Fred a tie. Maybe you're remembering that crazy holiday season of '87 when you attempted to mass-produce complicated craft gifts for everyone you knew. I dutifully hang up my gold pinecone wreath every December as a reminder of the year the relatives decided that we'd all exchange only homemade gifts.

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