Homemade Christmas Gifts Keep the Crafters Crafting

by Abbie
(Mobile, AL)

Handmade Christmas Gifts

Handmade Christmas Gifts

My mom has always loved to craft personal gifts for friends and family, especially around Christmas time. Not only does she scour magazines and the Internet for say, a baby blanket knitting pattern or a Christmas stocking knitting gift, she also likes to be creative. One year she made a quilted Christmas tree skirt, and another, she made folded fabric and Styrofoam Christmas tree ornaments.


Whether she's making tree toppers, doilies, knitted Afghans, scarves, mittens, or hats, she is happiest when she's making homemade Christmas gifts for others.

However, mom's fingers don't always work as well as they used to and she has found that her favorite of all crafts, quilting, has grown increasingly difficult due to a decrease in her visual abilities.

Better lighting, magnifiers, and acceptance that her stitches aren't quite as small as they used to be have helped her continue her crafting for years. After all, I treasure the quilt to my great-grandmother made and that has been passed down through the generations, just as your grandchildren are likely to appreciate something that Grandma made especially for them with her own two hands.

Encourage your loved ones to make things that come from the heart, whether it's knitting, crocheting, pasting, or painting. Gifts from the heart mean the most to loved ones, family and friends, and homemade Christmas gifts offer the perfect opportunity to get mom involved.

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Grandmothers Homemade Christmas Gifts
by: Abbie

I think it's important to find new projects or crafts as needed based on cognitive and physical capabilities.

It’s the creativity and the joy of making something for someone else that means the most to my grandmother.

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Homemade Christmas Gifts of Gemstones
by: Anonymous

My mom's hands shake quite bad now because of Parkinson's, but I have found that moving to larger objects helps some.

She used to like to work with sequins and teeny tiny bangles, but now we've gone to the larger gemstones, such as those that can be inserted into molds.

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Homemade Christmas Gifts from Watercolors
by: Yolonda

My mom can't paint with oils anymore, so we've transitioned to watercolors. They're more forgiving and her style has adapted to her new condition.

Instead of detailed animal portraits, she now does landscapes in watercolor. She still gets creative and her watercolors are now treasured homemade Christmas gifts that we know came from her heart.

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