A special gift guide

Thimble’s has this great holiday gift guide up on their site. Even though the entire list consists of goodEGG (their own shop) products, the ideas are definitely worth having a good look at. The products are very beautiful, but I’d have to have ordered them quite a few weeks ago in order to have everything here by now. So, it does not work for me in that way, but it is surely a source of inspiration if you’re still looking for that perfect gift for your vintage-lover friend, say.


Gift guide for the holidays, part two

Gift Guide, part two – Jewelry

Next on my list are those friends that love cute things and just don’t step out of their houses with earrings and rings and bracelets and necklaces. Hopefully, not everything at the same time, as I really believe that less is more. 😉 Anyway, for them, of course, handmade jewelry! If you think this is way out of your league, you may want to think about it once again. Even though there certainly are very difficult projects out there, a large number is extremely simple and require no great abilities. I mean, you don’t have to be highly skilled to make a cute necklace.

Liked the idea, but lacks inspiration? I found some great suggestions:

These cute earrings, made by Nicole and found on the Cut Out + Keep forum, are totally adorable! No tutorial on this one, so it will only work for girls who a) already have some experience or b) are of the type that looks at something ’til she’s figured out how to make it. They are actually quite easy to make, as you only need buttons, the earring hooks and some metal rings to connect the whole thing.

Button ring from Peptogirl (with tutorial!). One more project using buttons. I admit I do love colourful plastic and acrilyc items, you know. And maybe (just maybe) not one single friend of mine would like to get this ring as a gift. I guess it is more a gift to myself. I guess I’m the only person “colourful” enough to go about wearing this. What can I do? It’s just too happy a ring for me to let it pass.

Beautiful fabric covered bracelet from Lauren, found on Goody-Goody. The tutorial is great and so is the technique. I don’t really like big bracelets like that because they make me feel like I can’t move my hands freely (ok, I’m weird), but I really want to use this idea to make a necklace. It is definitely something that can be used for both items, so you can even make a combo!

Here are some more nice ideas:

Crocheted earrings found on Craftster; bracelet made by Fops and Dandies (via craftzine); bracelet with ruffles by Thrift Craft.

And one final advice: as those things are, usually, small, make sure your gift will make an impression since the first moment with special packaging, like colourful boxes and ribbons.


Gift guide for the holidays, part one

Even though I quite enjoy handing out gifts to loved ones, I have a very bad time choosing items and deciding who gets what. This year is no different but I have one more thing to take into account: as I quit my job a couple months aho and have only got a few freelance jobs, I haven’t got that much money to spend on gifts. So I took a decision: everything I give will be handmade. It is supposed to mean more to the receiver and will make me reach the end of the year with some money on my pocket, yay!

Keeping that in mind (and with an eye in my quite big list of friends and family that deserve gifts), I have come up with a gift guide for this year’s holidays that will help me get everybody something well suited for them. So, in hopes that it may be useful to somebody else, here it goes part one!

Gift Guide, part one – Bath and beauty stuff
They are perfect for that friend that just can’t live without a lip balm or is always applying her hand moisturizer. This kind of items are also a good idea for those relatives you don’t really know much about or even co-workers, because you can make a batch of ’em in no time. And if you’re worried about giving a lot of people the same thing, there is always room for personalization in cards and whatever it is that you use to hold the items.

Making things like that may seem a bit challenging, at first, specially if you never even thought about it, but it only adds to the value of the gift, in my opinion. I mean, you can always go ’round the corner to buy some incredible goods, for sure, but it is much more fun to make your friends’ next favourite cosmetic yourself, right?

Some really good ideas:

Homemade lip balm in adorable customised tins. Scented with your (or your gift’s recipient) fave smell!

Colourful bath fizzies that will make bath time much more enjoyable, for sure.

These two were taken from Martha Stewart Living’s last issue. So, you can either buy the magazine or use these images as your inspiration for packaging and search the ‘net for some recipes. Some books have, also, a quite interesting collection of recipes. A few weeks ago, I wrote about The big-ass book of crafts, which is one of those. The Crafter Culture Handbook is another.

If you need more incredible ideas on that front, head over to this One Pretty Thing post, where Rachel compiled several delightful bath and beauty goodies with their recipes. (Oh, and I just saw that she has links the recipes of the photos above! It means they’re online as well as in the mag, yay!)

You can also find some nice recipes in the third issue of Craftzine, as well as in Not Martha’s How to Make Stuff section. Some more links for y’all:

Check them out, take your picks and start working!