Christ­mas presents

What gifts can you make for Christmas with your own hands?

Christ­mas is a hol­i­day that takes almost a whole month of the year. And if in our coun­try the New Year is still per­ceived with greater solem­ni­ty and rev­er­ence, in the West every­one is wait­ing for Christ­mas, prepar­ing for the hol­i­day and since the end of autumn they have been care­ful­ly con­sid­er­ing gifts and sur­pris­es for loved ones. If you are also close to the Christ­mas theme and you con­sid­er this hol­i­day spe­cial, then the prepa­ra­tion of gifts for Christ­mas will also bring con­sid­er­able plea­sure.

Requirements for Christmas gifts

It is not nec­es­sary to buy gifts only in the store: cute crafts made with soul are absolute­ly appro­pri­ate for Christ­mas. With a huge num­ber of mas­ter class­es and pho­to exam­ples, even a per­son who con­sid­ers him­self deprived in terms of artis­tic skills will be able to cre­ate some­thing con­vinc­ing and fes­tive.

Remem­ber that the tra­di­tion of giv­ing gifts to each oth­er at Christ­mas dates back to bib­li­cal times — the Magi brought gold, myrrh, and incense as a gift to the new­born Jesus. And this choice was not acci­den­tal. Try to make your gift mean­ing­ful, like any action on this mag­i­cal hol­i­day.

What not to do:

  • do not give gifts, the cost of which may con­fuse the per­son to whom they are intend­ed;
  • do not give things if you are not sure that the recip­i­ent approves of such a choice (for exam­ple, it is not for­bid­den to give per­fume for Christ­mas, but if you do not know the pref­er­ences of a loved one, this gift will be risky);
  • do not give any­thing that is asso­ci­at­ed with black humor, sym­bols of dev­il­ry, etc.;
  • do not give gifts that oblige a per­son to make a return ges­ture.

There are no strict require­ments, they all boil down to ele­men­tary rules of polite­ness and good man­ners.

Popular Options

There are times when you should­n’t rein­vent the wheel. Cute hol­i­day sym­bol­ism is always an option worth con­sid­er­ing. Sou­venirs are sold every­where before the hol­i­day, and if you think that the addressee will like such things, you can buy them. The gift should not be expen­sive, ele­gant­ly designed, with a claim to great grat­i­tude.

Most peo­ple on this day exchange sou­venirs, unpre­ten­tious trin­kets, which, hov­er, can dec­o­rate the house and cre­ate a good mood.

If you are giv­ing a gift to your par­ents (despite the fact that you your­self are already par­ents), then try to cre­ate some­thing with the chil­dren. A com­mon fam­i­ly busi­ness strength­ens the bonds of the fam­i­ly, gives pleas­ant emo­tions, teach­es chil­dren to be cre­ative, the joy of cre­ation. And the ideas for such gifts are numer­ous!

Angels

From paper, felt, beads — there are a lot of options. Prob­a­bly no oth­er image is more asso­ci­at­ed with Christ­mas than the image of an angel. It’s nice to get a per­son­al guardian angel at the end of the old year (or at the begin­ning of the new one, depend­ing on which Christ­mas you cel­e­brate).

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Kids can mold an angel from plas­ticine, for this it is bet­ter to pur­chase spe­cial mate­r­i­al. It lends itself per­fect­ly to dec­o­ra­tion, and the fin­ished angel will look like a thing from a gift shop. Recall that mod­el­ing devel­ops fine motor skills and stim­u­lates the recep­tors respon­si­ble for the devel­op­ment of speech cen­ters (they are locat­ed on the fin­ger­tips). You can make an angel if you fol­low the mas­ter class step by step.

Lit­tle tricks when mak­ing paper angels:

  • to make the fig­ure look more fes­tive, you can sprin­kle the fin­ished work with chil­dren’s hair­spray with sparkles;
  • on sale it is easy to find stick­ers in the form of beads and peb­bles (also sold in the depart­ments of chil­dren’s art), they are ll fixed on paper and do an excel­lent job of their dec­o­ra­tive task;
  • use not plain white paper, but design­er paper — kits are sold in book­stores and art depart­ments (such paper often has an attrac­tive tex­ture, and it is stronger than album sheet in strength).

If you are unsure of your artis­tic abil­i­ties, buy a beau­ti­ful sou­venir. Do not be too lazy to sign a card with warm wish­es.

Candlesticks

A great gift option, because can­dles, although they have nev­er gone out of fash­ion, are nev­er­the­less expe­ri­enc­ing anoth­er rise in pop­u­lar­i­ty today. And this is not just a boom, but a con­scious need of a mod­ern per­son to sur­round him­self with nat­ur­al, warm light. Can­dles are often called a sacred thing: their soft glow makes you remove the fuss, think, be silent, pray.

There are even sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies that prove that an evening spent in the light of can­dles helps to relieve psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­com­fort.

You can pur­chase orig­i­nal can­dle­sticks with a Christ­mas theme. Or you can build a can­dle­stick your­self. It does­n’t always hap­pen quick­ly, but it’s worth it.

What can a can­dle­stick be made of:

  • from a spool with very thick, strong threads;
  • from a very thick branch, inside which a can­dle rod (met­al) will be locat­ed;
  • from an ordi­nary glass jar.

The last option seems to be the sim­plest and most attrac­tive. If you have a jar of baby food, PVA glue, sea salt, thin open­work braid, con­sid­er that the can­dle­stick is half ready. It is nec­es­sary to cov­er a clean jar with PVA glue and sprin­kle (gen­er­ous­ly) with salt. Part of it will sub­side, but the part that remains is enough to form a “snowy” can­dle­stick.

Tie a rib­bon at the base of the neck. Instead of braid, you can use a thin satin rib­bon. Some­times a label with Christ­mas wish­es is tied to the rib­bon.

Candles

When a beau­ti­ful can­dle­stick is ready, you can prac­tice mak­ing can­dles with your own hands. But if you are afraid of such exper­i­ments, you can trans­form ordi­nary thick white house­hold can­dles beyond recog­ni­tion.

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Take decoupage, for exam­ple. Nap­kins with New Year and Christ­mas motifs are sold in stores before the hol­i­days: they are per­fect for dec­o­rat­ing using decoupage tech­nique.

If there are no suit­able nap­kins, print pic­tures from the Inter­net on thin paper. You can use a spe­cial craque­lure var­nish, which will give the can­dles a vin­tage look.

You can also dec­o­rate can­dles:

  • cof­fee beans;
  • beads;
  • sequins;
  • spruce branch­es, cin­na­mon sticks and minia­ture cones;
  • sprigs of moun­tain ash or vibur­num;
  • lace.

Can­dles for which a “sater” is knit­ted also look orig­i­nal. If you are new to knit­ting, then even in the most prim­i­tive way you can knit a fluffy out­fit for a can­dle, dec­o­rat­ing it with a New Year’s but­ton.

If you knit ll, com­plete the gift with the same out­fit for a teapot — it’s not only beau­ti­ful, but also prac­ti­cal (the teapot will stay warm for a long time).

Postcards

No hol­i­day is com­plete with­out cards! You can give your loved ones hand­made post­cards. Man­u­al cre­ativ­i­ty is at a pre­mi­um today, so you should pick up the paints and try your hand. Small water­col­or sketch­es on the hol­i­day theme will delight rel­a­tives and friends.

It will be very cool if you wish to show your skill in let­ter­ing with the help of post­cards. This is the art of beau­ti­ful, aes­thet­ic sign­ing of let­ters, invi­ta­tions, post­cards, etc. Some­thing very close to cal­lig­ra­phy. Let­ter­ing cours­es are incred­i­bly pop­u­lar today: peo­ple of dif­fer­ent ages take up foun­tain pens and try to print each let­ter with­out putting a blot.

Drawings

For a friend, grand­moth­er, sis­ter, a pic­ture drawn by you per­son­al­ly will be a pleas­ant Christ­mas gift. Let it be the­mat­ic, because it’s great when every year in a cer­tain sea­son you get a fes­tive decor from the mez­za­nine, and your pic­ture will be its inte­gral attribute.

But it is not nec­es­sary to strict­ly fol­low the hol­i­day theme. For exam­ple, your dad loves the sea very much — draw a pic­turesque sea sun­set for him, accom­pa­ny the draw­ing with a beau­ti­ful, inspir­ing cap­tion. Your work will def­i­nite­ly find a place in the house of the gift­ed per­son (and in his soul too).

Maybe you have long want­ed to try your hand at draw­ing, but there was no chance. Catch it — the fes­tive atmos­phere will give strength and con­fi­dence. And if you’re still scared, start with the “paint by num­bers” tech­nique.

The main thing is to fol­low the instruc­tions, and every­thing will start to turn out by itself. After such a pic­ture, you can start paint­ing more thor­ough­ly. By the way, a gift from the “paint by num­bers” series is per­fect as a Christ­mas present.

clothing

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In win­ter, every­one wants warmth, com­fort, the feel­ing of slow­ly swirling soft snow in the soul. Knit­ted clothes are strong­ly asso­ci­at­ed with all this. Cro­chet or knit­ting — it does­n’t mat­ter. Will it be warm socks for mom or a scarf for dad, a sater for a beloved man - the main thing is that this is a home­made, cute and very nec­es­sary gift.

It is not so dif­fi­cult to beat the theme of win­ter: bullfinch­es, white bun­nies, deer — all this accom­pa­nies the main idea of ​​u200bu200bthe hol­i­day.

If there are small chil­dren in the fam­i­ly who are just learn­ing to knit, trust them to make a nap­kin for grand­ma’s table. And to make it remind you of the hol­i­day, you can put a cou­ple of drops of conif­er­ous oil on a nap­kin. Great atmos­pher­ic gift!

Material Selection Guidelines

It all depends on your ini­tial skills. If you are still “on you” with needle­work, do not take com­plex designs and tech­niques that require skill. Make a sou­venir from felt — many cute crafts can be sewn by hand, no need to turn the edges of the fab­ric. Felt hors­es, gin­ger­bread, Christ­mas trees are chic. And the mate­r­i­al itself is inex­pen­sive. Beads can serve as an addi­tion­al decor for such crafts.

Not every­one ful­ly under­stands how many beau­ti­ful lit­tle things can be made from paper. Embossed, tex­tured, cor­ru­gat­ed, met­al­lized, design­er — the choice of paper in stores for cre­ativ­i­ty is so great that sev­er­al ideas may appear in your head already at the time of pur­chase.

Ordi­nary, it would seem, mate­ri­als find a new solu­tion, rethink­ing. For exam­ple, you can give your par­ents a plas­ticine pic­ture for Christ­mas. If you buy a spe­cial plas­ticine with many shades, then the pic­ture will turn out incred­i­bly beau­ti­ful. True, this is not a quick busi­ness, so you need to start work long before the hol­i­day.

Or maybe you want to make a nap­kin for the fes­tive table with your own hands? Oth­er­wise, such a prod­uct is called a mini-table­cloth. If the table is rec­tan­gu­lar, it lies exact­ly in the mid­dle of it, it can even hang down on both sides in length, and it takes up less than a third of the table or a lit­tle more in width. A nap­kin is often made dou­ble-sided: the first side, for exam­ple, with a Christ­mas motif, the sec­ond with a win­ter, more neu­tral one. Cozy, beau­ti­ful and orig­i­nal!

Mak­ing gifts with your own hands is no less pleas­ant than their pre­sen­ta­tion. Many fash­ion­able and expen­sive pur­chased ener­gy items are dif­fi­cult to com­pare with sim­pler, but hand-made presents.

Do not for­get to share this ener­gy with loved ones, so any hol­i­day will seem even more sig­nif­i­cant and bring more joy and hap­pi­ness.

How to make a won­der­ful gift for Christ­mas with your own hands, see the fol­low­ing video.