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Have a Handmade Holiday

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Have a Handmade Holiday

It’s official: the holidays are here. No matter what you’re celebrating, chances are you feel some pressure to do a bit of decorating and give some gifts. Rather than head to the big box store for impersonal gifts and decorations, why not try out some handmade alternatives this year?

Gifts and decor you make yourself are often less expensive and always have much more heart than something you picked up at the mall. If you’re not the crafty type, you can still add a handmade touch to the holidays by pledging to buy handmade this season. When you buy from an independent artist or crafter, you’re helping directly support their art!

Handmade Gifts

I know, when you think of handmade gifts you picture tea cozies and horrible Christmas sweaters. Handmade gifts actually don’t have to be that intricate or that hokey.

You can put together pretty, layered dry soup mixes in a mason jar, for example. Just layer the beans, spices, and grains, and tie some bakers twine around the neck of the jar with a list of wet ingredients and cooking instructions. We get so many tchotchkes over the holidays, many of your giftees will appreciate something so personal and practical. Plus, once they’ve made the soup, that mason jar has a million different uses!

Homemade bath products are another simple, handmade holiday gift option. From scrubs to bath salts, you can whip these up in big batches, then give them out in pretty, reusable containers. Easy peasy, and not at all cheesy!

If you’re not into making gifts yourself, it’s so easy to shop for handmade presents. Whether you prefer to shop online or in person, there are tons of handmade holiday resources available from craft markets and pop up shops to sites like Etsy.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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1:46AM PST on Dec 8, 2014


4:13AM PST on Dec 7, 2014

good idea..

12:58PM PST on Dec 6, 2014

I cherish my homemade presents from my family!

11:23AM PST on Dec 4, 2014


11:23AM PST on Dec 4, 2014


9:58AM PST on Dec 4, 2014

There are plenty of tutorials on blogs/vlogs on how to make your own "vintage" type decorations, patterns can also be bought for a fraction of a decent Christmas decoration.

4:59AM PST on Dec 4, 2014

I love giving from my own time and creativity. I am giving away cookies this year. Next year my project is scarves... SO this year I am learning how to knit. Fun, fun, fun!

4:32AM PST on Dec 3, 2014

Colour our wonderful time

3:50AM PST on Dec 3, 2014

I like giving soup mixes and baking mixes (think brownies with mix ins) to friends. There are some excellent suggestions for recipes out on the web.

9:18PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Last Night I have done a Design for Pohela Falgun. You know Pohela Falgun is our "first day of Spring in the Bengali calendar, celebrated in Bangladesh and West Bengal and in the other Indian states, including Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand and Orrisa." Actually my design is a Handmade Gifts for everyone. Now I am very happy.

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