In 2011 I decided to make homemade Christmas gifts instead of spending tons of money on random sweaters and things that nobody would remember. My mom liked the idea, too, so we ended up exchanging homemade gifts and both made each other a quilt! Great minds think alike! For Christmas 2012 I wanted to go homemade again, though I wanted to keep things a bit simpler.
For my dad and my uncle I made infused bourbons, thanks to my friend Caitlin’s suggestion. She found a website called Boozed + Infused and had good luck with some of their recipes. I figured that would be something my dad and uncle would both like, so I picked a few flavors that I thought they’d like, gathered the ingredients, and boozed and infused away. I’m not a big bourbon fan, but even I thought a few of them were quite tasty.
For my mom and her two sisters I found old milk crate carriers on eBay, and filled them with a Christmas-y mason jar + candle + greens combination. The original photo I had as inspiration used flower pots, but I couldn’t find any in the right size for the openings in the crates, so the mason jars worked quite nicely.
For my brother and sister-in-law I made some family-themed art. It turns out her brother’s wife had the exact same idea and ordered something very similar on Etsy! Great minds, once again! It has their birthdays, their wedding date, and each of their children’s birthdays.
And, finally, the gift I was most excited about was for my nephew Nicholas! In 2011 I made him homemade puppets, based off of this website‘s instructions. I added two of my own – a farmer and a tractor – since he loves tractors. For the last year he’s been “playing puppets” with my parents behind their sofa, so for this past year I made him a doorway puppet theater!
The puppet theater is held up in the doorway with a curtain tension rod. I wanted to put another dowel rod in the middle to help with that sagging bit, but ran out of time before I could get it sewn on. My mom is supposed to finish it up for me; isn’t she the best?
If you have any questions on how I made anything, just leave ’em in the comments!