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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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;
- spruce branches, cinnamon sticks and miniature cones;
- sprigs of mountain ash or viburnum;
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).
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.
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.
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.