When I was in college, I decided to make all my friends’ Christmas presents. I chose candles. If you haven’t made candles before, the supplies you need are without a doubt more expensive than buying everyone a pre-made candle. But we still tell stories about that Christmas – laugh about the candle that caught on fire because it was full of potpourri (I swear the directions said to do it that way!). Or the one that was so fragrant – thanks to some extra scent sticks – it could only be burned in a large room with a good deal of ventilation.

Handmade holidays don’t have to be a fire hazard. In fact, making or buying handmade is an escape from the mass produced gifts that tend to dominate the holiday season. And we’re all a bit more conscious about how we’re spending our holiday budgets this year.

You can create gifts with just a few basic supplies and some creativity. We’ve posted quite a few projects on this blog over the last six months that you could try:

Some other fun projects to try:

If you don’t make, you can also buy. Etsy is a wonderful resource for finding handmade items of all types. Some of our favorites (click on the picture to link to their Etsy shop):

Owl Ornament from EvelynX in Redwood City, California

Owl Ornament from EvelynX in Redwood City, California

Holiday Hoop earrings by karitwiggdesigns

Holiday Hoop earrings by karitwiggdesigns

Red Bird Scrabble Tile Pendant by HomeStudio

Red Bird Scrabble Tile Pendant by HomeStudio

Custom Initial Clip or Bookmark by nhubs

Custom Initial Clip or Bookmark by nhubs

If you have a favorite handmade gift to make or buy, let us know!
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