Handmade gifts are the best! Here’s a list of the Nifty Gifties that have appeared on The Reluctant Hippie in the past. Hope you can find some inspiration for the folks on your list!
Around the house:
- Cotton dishcloths (or facecloths) are an easy project, even for the crochet beginner. 1 ball of Sugar and Cream cotton yarn ($1.99 before sales or coupons) will make two washcloths.
- Yarn-wrapped bottle vases are the simplest upcycling project I’ve ever tried. These are especially pretty made with jute garden twine.
- Felted wool dryer balls pair nicely with a container of handmade natural laundry detergent for a gift set.
- Kids can help with hand painted tile trivets – a cute and functional gift.
- One of my favorite teacher gifts is peppermint mocha spoons and great coffee.
- Frozen cookie dough for people who love to bake cookies but hate to do the prep work and cleanup
Other gifts for grown-ups:
- Bottlecap checkers are a crafty gift for a manly man. And anybody else who likes to drink things in bottles and play games.
- Giving a coffee shop gift card? Pair it with this coffee sleeve.
- Birdseed ornaments are great for kids, too!
- Truffula tree bookmarks are yarn crafts that are easy enough for young elementary students to create, and they are easy to ship, too.
- Upcycled grocery bags make terrific gift baskets!
- Magnetic tic tac toe sets cost about $3 and come with their own storage containers.
- Felt pencil toppers are awesome stocking stuffers!
- Homemade play dough + cookie cutters = happy kids of all ages. Seriously – when we pull out the play dough, even the middle schoolers in the neighborhood sit down at the table to play.
- Embellished burp cloths are very simple if you have a sewing machine.