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My daughter (age 12) and her friend (age 10) have been making Christmas gifts for friends and family (mostly female peers and family members) for last couple years. One year they made bath salts and last year they made liquid soap and sewed little bags to put them in.

 

We are looking for a new idea for this year. I was thinking they could sew homemade hot pads from layering fleece and denim....which would be nice for the adult females...but not so much for peers.

 

So, please, if you have any ideas for them, I would love to hear them.

 

Both girls can do basic stictches on a sewing machine if that helps.

 

thanks.

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http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html

 

I know I have posted these on a thread before, but honestly these were such a hit when my dds made them & gave them as gifts. We went to our quilt shop, bought the packages of quilt squares, gave each person a set of 4 wrapped up with a ribbon. The instructions are well explained & they are easy enough for pre-teens on up.

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One year I made hair rinse for everyone. Since the recipe was not girly smelling, it was fine for men as well as women.

 

Recipe: Cut a bunch of rosemary, enough to fill a big pot fairly densely. Cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered. Then cover and move to the back of the stove to cool to room temperature slowly.

 

Strain through cheesecloth.

 

Put two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar into a quart canning jar. Fill with filtered rosemary water. Cover and refrigerate.

 

I shopped for odd creamers in thrift stores for months to find enough for everyone. The recipe should be microwaved in the creamer to a lukewarm temperature, poured over clean, rinsed hair, and left in.

 

It smells pretty strong in the bottle, but the smell does not linger in your hair once it dries. The nice thing about this recipe is that rosemary is an evergreen plant, so you can make this all year round. It MUST be refrigerated, though, or it will turn.

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http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2006/11/crisscross_coas.html

 

I know I have posted these on a thread before, but honestly these were such a hit when my dds made them & gave them as gifts. We went to our quilt shop, bought the packages of quilt squares, gave each person a set of 4 wrapped up with a ribbon. The instructions are well explained & they are easy enough for pre-teens on up.

 

These are cute and my kids like these type of projects but what exactly are they used for?

 

 

ETA: Okay...I'm dumb. The things are called criss-cross coasters. That should have been my first clue.

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A couple of years ago, dd and I made up decorative candles for gifts for our neighbors. Start with a 3-inch candle, and wrap with several strands of raffia, tying the ends in a bow or knot. Add a charm to one of the strands while tying the knot. Secure the raffia with a drop of glue or glue dots in several spots around the candle. Ta-da! Quick and easy gift! Of course you can make it as complicated as you want by using ribbons, beads, multiple charms, etc... But we found that we liked the simple approach, in a clear bag, tied with matching raffia.

 

eta: Forgot to add that younger recipients should be cautioned that the candles should only be lit with the permission and help of an adult.

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do some beading projects. earrings, bracelets, necklaces. lots of beading supplies at craft stores and they can make up their own patterns. or make keychains or zipper pulls. there are tons of free patterns out there, and they can vary size by using different size beads. seed beads to pony beads. Here's an example.

 

eta: with the keychains, depending upon what you choose, some are appropriate for teenage boys.

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These reindeer rootbeer six-packs are cute but don't require a ton of effort. Great gift for neighbors.

 

http://adventuresofabettycrockerwannabe.blogspot.com/2010/11/handmade-gift-idea.html

 

And we made these ornaments a couple of years ago. A big hit with close relatives but may not be the best for friends/extended family.

 

http://www.littlebitfunky.com/2010/12/make-these-now-handprint-snowman.html

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W bought a clock kit at Walmart (though I think you can get the hands&battery part separately cheaper) that my kids painted and then put the number stickers on. My FIL loved it, and my sis-in-law requested one so we'll be doing that as her Christmas gift. It cost about $10, but it came with the working clock part, the wood base, paint, and number stickers.

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I havent' really been on that site...how do I navigate it to find what I might be looking for??

 

It's basically a visual bookmarking system you can share with friends. You can log in via your Facebook or Twitter account and see what your fellow FBers or Twitterers are pinning.

 

You can do a search for anything--"Christmas" "Homemade Christmas" "gift ideas", etc. and then 'pin' them into different categories (I have boards for recipes, crochet, sewing, gift ideas, entertaining, homeschooling, etc.). If you find someone who consistently pins a lot of things you like, you can follow them so that the things they pin show up regularly in your feed. In fact, I usually have my feed set to JUST people I follow.

 

You can also pick and choose which friends boards to follow. For example, if someone pins a bunch of stuff I'm not interested in, I just go to their profile and click "unfollow" under that specific board of theirs, but I can still see everything else they pin that I DO want to follow.

 

Clear as mud? Just go try it out. It's pretty self explanatory once you're there :)

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If they can get w/ the people ahead of time, it would be fun to make silhouettes (of people, their kids or grandkids, or even pets).

 

Here's one quick & easy idea.

 

Silhouette mason jars are cute too & you could use any design (not just people's profiles)...

 

Or, you could do the photo part, trace onto heavy black paper, & cut it out. Then, layer it onto a printed piece of scrapbooking paper to make a card or something....

 

Some Pinerest silhouette ideas....

 

I also like the idea of homemade chocolate syrup. :001_smile:

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