Part 4 of this ongoing list of inexpensive, handmade holiday gift ideas comprises two categories: 1) stationery, albums & calendars and 2) jewelry & personal accessories. Those two crafting categories are probably the most popular on the web, so I had a ton to choose from. These are some of my favorites. Click here for Part 3. On Friday: Themed gift sets.
57. Make a personalized set of note cards or stationery. Tie them with ribbon and place in a classy box or tin. Include coordinating address labels, envelopes, and a fancy pen. Inspirational books: 1,000 Handmade Greetings: Creative Cards & Clever Correspondence
Handmade Greeting Cards for Special Occasions
58. Order a custom rubber stamp. Design it yourself to reflect the person’s hobby, profession, or interest. Or use a piece of free clip art (just Google “free clip art”). Or you can personalize a ready-made stamp with a name or address.
Custom rubber stamp
59. Design a family calendar marked with important dates, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and family gatherings. Decorate the calendar with family photos.
DIY vintage photo calendar
Custom printed calendars
62. Make a set of handmade bookmarks. Design them on your computer and print them on card stock, or make them with craft paper, ribbon, crochet, cross-stitch, or embroidery. Bookmark ideas
More handmade bookmark ideas
63. Put together a photo album, scrap book, or framed collage containing pictures and mementos. Or have your photos professionally bound in a book.
Make an album out of a binder
Shutterfly photo books
Kodak Gallery photo books
64. For a creative writer, a notebook for recording thoughts, poems, etc., is always a treasure. Bind your own journal or customize a store-bought diary.
Decoupage a composition book
Make your own moleskin-like notebook
68. Make a tote bag for shopping or trips to the beach. Or buy pre-made canvas totes and customize them with fabric paint, ribbon, buttons, etc.
Fat quarter tote bag
Rice bag tote
Recycled t-shirt tote bag
Tank top tote
Suesse Sac bag
Decorated canvas totes
Martha Stewart’s tote bags
More tutorials for bags, pouches, and purses
71. Bead a necklace, bracelet, or earrings. Buy beads at bead stores or craft stores or make your own paper beads.
How to make paper beads
Supplies, lessons & projects: Beadage
Projects from DIY Network
Supplies: Fire Mountain Gems
76. Sew accessories out of fabric yo-yos, such as yo-yo headbands, yo-yo brooches, or yo-yo hairpins and clips. Or decorate a tote bag, purse, hat, belt, scarf, or shoes with yo-yos. Or make a necklace, bracelet, or ring out of them. Yo-yos are so fun and easy, you’ll get addicted to making them.
Yo-yo headbands & pins tutorial
More instructions and ideas (pdf)
Yo-yo necklace tutorial
How to make a fabric yo-yo bracelet
More yo-yo projects
The list continues on Friday with numbers 77 through 99.