However, if you haven’t done it before, you can get in way over your head. What was a great idea can turn into a really stressful time. Here are five tips to help you make your holiday gifts successfully.
1. Plan ahead and get started early
Make a list of all the people you’re making gifts for and what you’re making them. Do you have the time to get the gifts created before the holidays? If so, get started and budget your time.
Devote a specific amount of time each day or week to getting the gifts made. There’s nothing worse than not having a gift ready by the holidays and having to give a well-intentioned IOU.
2. Make sure you’re doing something you enjoy
For example, if you decided you’re going to knit everyone a wool hat but you really don’t like knitting that much, you’re not going to have any fun making or giving the gifts. You’ll also have a tough time getting the gifts made before the holidays.
However, if you’re doing something you love, you’ll put extra energy into making the gift special and unique.
3. Budget the expenses
Although it seems like you’re saving money making your own gifts, some craft supplies can get really pricey. Before starting, make a list of everything you need to buy and how much it costs. Then figure out how much each gift is going to cost. Are you saving any money by making your gifts?
Making gifts doesn’t have to be about saving money, but it’s nice to know how much it’s going to cost before getting started.
4. Is your goal realistic?
Take a moment and really think about how much time it’s going to take to make your gifts. Are your goals reasonable?
For example, if you find you don’t have enough time to make gifts for 10 people, maybe you could make gifts for 5 people and give store-bought gifts for the other 5 people on your list.
5. Consider the recipient
We get so excited about making a gift that we forget to consider our recipient. For example, if you’ve decided you’re going to make bath products for all your girl friends and associates, you may want to make sure they’re not allergic to certain fragrances or chemicals. And you may also want to make sure they have a bathtub before you make bubble bath for them.
Making gifts for your friends and family can be really rewarding. Your handmade gift shows you care enough to spend time and energy on the process. Take a few minutes to prepare in advance to make your holiday gifts a success this year.