Nifty Gifties: A Retrospective

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:

  • WashclothsCotton 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 vaseYarn-wrapped bottle vases are the simplest upcycling project I’ve ever tried. These are especially pretty made with jute garden twine.





Tasty treats:


  • Frozen Cookie Dough {The Reluctant Hippie}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 checkersBottlecap checkers are a crafty gift for a manly man. And anybody else who likes to drink things in bottles and play games.




  • Truffula Tree Bookmarks {The Reluctant Hippie}Truffula tree bookmarks are yarn crafts that are easy enough for young elementary students to create, and they are easy to ship, too.

For kids:




  • 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.



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