December 14, 2011

Attack of the Holiday Gift Guide, Part III: Getting Crafty

Christmas is only 11 days away. I know, I'm a jerk for reminding you. Maybe you've left all your online shopping until the last minute, and it's getting close to the time when you'll have to pay rush shipping fees to get presents under the tree. Or maybe you don't want to face the growing crowds at stores. If either of those sound like you and even if they don't, you might want to consider taking the last weekend before the holiday to make gifts. Yeah, you'll probably have to go to a store or two for supplies, but you'll save money in the long run, hopefully have fun, and make someone smile with your thoughtfulness.

To assist your craftiness or maybe you inspire to scour the internet for more tutorials, here are five tutorials for presents you can make in a day.

Comic Book Coasters - Haven't you always wanted to put your glass on Batman's face? No? Well, these coasters make really cool presents anyways. This tutorial is easy to follow, and the list of supplies isn't crazy long. Comic book images look great, but you can of course substitute anything to suit the recipient.

Stack of Books Necklace - I bet you know someone who can't live without books. She (or he) will love this necklace. Bonus points if you add In the Library perfume.

Stitch Away - Sometimes a cross-stitched tauntaun head says it all. This pattern designer offers all sorts of nerdy designs, and they're emailed as a pdf so that you can start stitching immediately.

No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bags - Almost everyone has t-shirts that don't fit them anymore. If there aren't any buried in your drawer, go to the thrift store. Find a nerdy t-shirt, a sports tee, or whatever the person on your gift list likes and turn it into a bag. I know I'd love to have a pile of Star Wars tee tote bags.

Amigurumi Happiness - Itty bitty cuddly dolls are always well received. I'm told that if you understand the magic of crocheting these are simple to make. Again, this seller has a variety of patterns and they are all emailed to you quickly.

Merry crafting!

My other gift guides this season:
Ten Books/Comics to Give/Get
Ten Star Wars Presents to Love


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