I’m starting to feel the holiday gift crunch. I have made, purchased or figured out most of the gifts I’m giving this season. But with moving and a whole lot of shows this year, I have run a little short on time. I feel I’m scrambling more this year than usual. If you’re in the same place, then here are some ideas you might be interested in.
A 4 year old making flowers with Earth Paints.
If you wish to buy art supplies for children on your holiday list, Leah Fanning Mebane has you covered. She is an artist who has been working for a number of years creating non-toxic and eco-friendly paints. She has a Children’s Earth Paint Kit, a Natural Face Paint Kit, a Natural Egg Dye Kit and lots more. She even has non-toxic oil paints, gesso and Eco-Solve. You can see her products on her website: Natural Earth Paint.
Helen Hiebert’s book Playing With Pop-Ups.
I will be reviewing Helen Hiebert’s book Playing With Pop Ups in a later post, after I make a number of the projects in the book. Still, just from looking through the book, I think it would be a great gift for a child who enjoys making things. You can order them from Helen’s Website. Although you can order the book elsewhere, I like to order directly from the artist whenever possible.
This is a shadow lantern made from a kit by Helen Hiebert. It can also fold open to be a screen.
Helen also sells playing with paper kits which include everything needed to make a project. She sells a window star kit, a shadow ornament kit, an interchangeable ring kit, a shadow lantern kit (the photo above is one of the options for that kit), a party light kit and an envelope folding screen kit. Perfect gift for a crafty adult or child. Her kits are on her website: Helen Hiebert Studio.
Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.
For the person who has everything, there’s always chocolate. What better way to give chocolate than in a beautiful little box. Check out my blog post: DIY Boxes For Chocolate. There are links to 5 different templates at the bottom of the post. Use a decorative paper and make a wonderful little box in which to present your chocolate.
This envelope was made using the instructions in Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book. It’s simple to follow the instructions.
I realize that Halloween is a long ways away, but I love the Halloween Drawing Book by Ed Emberley. It’s one of my favorite books. You can read my review of the book on my blog post: Halloween Envelopes and Ed Emberley’s Halloween Drawing Book Review. His books are available on Amazon. I’ve not tried his other books, but if they’re anywhere near as good as this one, you won’t be disappointed. Great gift for children and fun loving adults.
These wonderful geometric ornaments are available as a kit you can make yourself.
Here is another kit that is perfect for a crafter. The kit contains materials to make four ornaments. They’re made by Michelle Ebersohm and sold through her Etsy shop Chronus+Rhea.
Gifts of food are always welcome. Here are some ideas. 1. Put a stack of cookies in a mason jar, cover with decorated paper and attach your cookie recipe to it. 2. A gift certificate for a meal, either delivered or for a meal at your house at a later date. I gave my dad all the ingredients to make turkey sandwiches this past Thanksgiving (his favorite dark meat, his favorite cranberry sauce, bread and a small jar of mayonnaise). 3. Gather the favorite foods of your recipient and put them together a basket. Wrap in clear plastic or tissue paper. 4. Restaurant gift certificate. 5. A gift certificate at the recipient’s favorite grocery store of food co-op. I have given this to a student. I also received a gift certificate at our food co-op from an out-of-town relative. The ideas are endless and everyone eats food.
Happy Holidays, Candy