Today’s post is especially designed for the crafters and artisans who enjoy giving their work as gifts. It is incredibly fulfilling to have put your heart, soul and creative energy into any creative work, but even more so if you get to create thinking about presenting a specific individual with the gift. There are tons of ways you can show off your creative abilities this holiday gift-giving season, some even simpler than you thought.
-Make unique touches on a simple base: Start with something simple, like the same glass vase, or plain white snowman. Then decorate it in a special way to match the individual you are gifting. This is more challenging for those who knit because you don’t have a real “base” to start with.
-Make a gift basket/bag for all to share: Make a collection of your favorite creative ideas. For example, if you’re gifting food, put several different types of food mixes, drink mixes and cups/bowls/serving trays in the basket/bag and let them pick out the items they want.
-Spicing up a simple item: For example, adding marshmallows, spoons and cups to hot chocolate mix, adding your own touches to a simple wooden item, taking a picture frame that has words on it and decorating it with color, or adding embroidery or knitting to a towel, or throw. This idea doesn’t mean that you’re using the same item and adding variations for each person. It means you’re taking an item that’s already great and transforming it into something amazing.
-Create something special from the bottom up: Yep, no shortcuts, decorating bases or sharing. Here we’re talking about making something extra special for each and every person you’re gifting.
As an artist, one of the most satisfying things is seeing others enjoy your work. Gifting your work during the holidays is especially rewarding and even if they don’t give you a super personal gift, it’s always worth it to give them something special.
Share your favorite items to gift and thoughts on gifting your creativity for the holidays below.