I know Christmas is far away, but I really want to make as many gifts as I can this year, and that means starting early. I am planning on making a few blankets, and those take time, and I am going to finish a few things that I started last year that I didn’t get done in time, but I also need to throw in some easier gifts. Trying to do 15 big crochet projects in about 3 months is crazy– I know, because that is what I tried to do last year!
So, I am combing through my Pinterest boards trying to find some easy projects I can start working on now, and get some things set aside before life gets too hectic with school and work and the holidays. I want to start now while the kids are off for the summer and I am not volunteering at their schools all the time. Plus, if I start now, I will feel motivated to keep going. If I clear out a shelf in my pantry, I can have a growing stash of gifts to look at and feel good about! (Mental note: pantry needs a thorough re-organization and purge….)
With this in mind, I am thinking about making gift baskets/kits. I like the idea of giving several small things I have made grouped together–it makes it easier for me to space out the projects, and it seems like an abundance of gifts, 🙂 .
I am in the early planning stages, but here are some ideas I have so far. I have several similar projects grouped together. I probably won’t do all of them, but I like to have a range of choices when I start to work.
- Lavender Sea Salt Scrub
- Peppermint Foot Scrub
- Bath soaking salts or bath bombs
- Hand scrub
- Soap socks
I really love the soap socks in particular–what a neat idea! The sock felts as you use it!
Reading/Relaxing Time Kits
- Crocheted bookmarks
- Coffee/tea mug cozies – this owl cozy is adorable, but ribbed or simple cozies are nice, too–and quick, 😉
- Notepads with custom pictures – especially nice for family
- Coasters – many, many, many ideas here, even a vintage pattern
This idea is very crochet-intensive, which sounds more time-consuming. I really like the idea though, and the small projects may be doable. The notepads would be a lot of fun for standalone gifts, too.
- Jewelry – I am linking my whole Jewelry Making Pinterest board, because I have not even begun to choose what to make
- Lip gloss – cherry or mint chocolate (or both!)
- Honey cuticle cream
- Homemade makeup remover
- Crocheted face scrubbies with a crocheted basket for storage
I am hoping my daughter will work with me on the jewelry–I like doing things like this with her.
So, those are my beginning ideas. Even with the relatively quick projects, you can see why I need to start doing something about this now! I haven’t even mentioned that I would like to make up a bunch of Christmas ornaments so that I can attach one to the packaging for every gift I give…I guess I should get a start on those, too.
Am I the only one crazy enough to be planning out Christmas gifts in July?