Why Christmas when we’re in the throes of summer? I know. I worked six years in retail. In my experience, nothing incited more groans than Christmas being stocked on the shelves in August. However, I think this a worthy exception. After all, if you’re going to have a handmade Christmas, you can’t very likely undertake the proposition in December, now can you? (This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something, I may earn a small commission. You can read my full disclosure here.)
I’m excited to share this prodigious list of Christmas gift ideas that I compiled years ago. I forgot that I had it, but Tracie, a Crafty Nest reader, reminded me when she asked for inexpensive handmade gift ideas that I might have come across in my search for camp crafts.
This is the first of seven parts that I will post over the next few weeks (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Keep in mind I culled most of these ideas from the internet years ago, but I added some I found recently plus a few of my own. I hope these ideas will inspire you to create your own unique gifts. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Originally published August 25, 2010. Updated August 10, 2020.
Part 1: Home & garden crafts
Part 2: Christmas-themed crafts
Part 3: From the kitchen
Part 4: Handmade stationery, albums & calendars
Part 5: Themed gift sets
Part 6: For children
Part 7: Media & services