This is the final part of my list of 137 inexpensive, handmade holiday gift ideas, and we’re down to these two categories: 1) Media & services and 2) Cards & wrapping. I included cards and wrapping because oftentimes they are just as important as the gift itself. I hope you found this monster-of-a-list entertaining and helpful. Click here for Part 6. Check out these stocking stuffer ideas for kids too.
120. A friend or relative who enjoys poetry, famous quotes, or sayings would relish one of his/her favorites written in calligraphy or hand-painted in a frame or on a plaque.
Another way to frame a quote
121. For your elders, research newspaper and magazine articles from their youth and present in a scrapbook. Or collect newspaper articles from the year they were born.
Find your local library
122. Make a mixed CD and choose songs that make you think of that person. Under each title explain why you chose that song.
How to use iTunes to create a mix CD
124. Why wait for a funeral to share your fondest memories? Give a top 10 list of your fondest memories of the recipient. Download my official certificate, print it on quality legal size paper, write your memories, roll it up, and tie a baby blue ribbon around it.
Download the official certificate
125. Videotape and interview parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles about childhood memories, how they met, etc. and give to siblings, children.
Top 5 free video editing software programs
126. Create or buy vouchers for gifts of service. Examples: massage, spring-cleaning, babysitting, garbage/dish duty, lunch date, car wash, dog walking/pet sitting, dinner at favorite restaurant, homemade meal, evening strolls, or a trip to the zoo, museum, or park.
Vouchers from Knock Knock
127. Got a nice voice? Know some folks who do? Organize them into carolers and visit a hospital or retirement home. Take along some holiday goodies. You might be the only Christmas spirit they have.
Free Christmas carol sheet music
128. Ask the children and grandchildren in your family to write stories or draw pictures of meaningful experiences or lessons learned from grandparents. Put them all together in a binder or book as a gift to the grandparents.
Bindertek 3-ring binders
129. Offer to teach a skill you possess, such as canning tomatoes, swing dancing, knitting, building furniture, or doing the butterfly stroke. Or offer to share a particular talent you possess such as photography, gardening, or financial planning. Canning tomatoes with friends
130. Make your own pop-up Christmas cards. They’re easier than you think with these patterns:
Robert Sabuda’s Christmas tree pattern
Other Robert Sabuda patterns
Martha Stewart pop-up cards
131. If you’re not into pop-up cards, try one of these handmade greeting card ideas:
Handmade Christmas card ideas from Martha Stewart
134. Create your own gift tags. Print out free gift tags from the internet or make them from old Christmas cards. For reusable gift tags: Cut out the design from each Christmas card. Create name tags (To: Johnny, From: Angie) for all family members. Glue the card designs and name tags onto card stock and laminate or cover with clear Con-Tact paper. Then use a grommet or hole puncher to make a hole and tie them onto packages with ribbon.
Free gift tags
Recycled gift tags
135. Wrap gifts in newspaper, maps, scarves, or interesting pieces of cloth.
Book: Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps
137. Sew reusable gift bags with a drawstring closure out of Christmas fabric. Make several sizes and pass them around to each person in the family. The gift bags can be reused, year after year.
East-to-sew drawstring gift bags