The pressure is on when you try to make DIY gifts for everyone on your list. The gift-giving season can quickly turn into a nightmare when you either forget to DIY a gift for someone or have no idea what to make. Both of these things seem to happen to me every Christmas.
The last two people on my list each year are my dad and my brother. I buy them the same things every year: sports memorabilia or grooming products. After decades of shave gel and University of Kentucky bumper stickers, I'm sure they'd both like something different. Why shouldn't they get in on the handmade party, too?
The good news is that you can make DIY gifts for everyone on your list, even those who are toughest to buy for. No matter how you stitch it — knitting, crochet, sewing, or quilting — Bluprint has great DIY gifts for everyone on your list.
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Knit: Ramble On Mittens
Unless you live in a very warm climate, everyone on your list could benefit from a pair of cozy mittens. This pair works for guys and gals, and the pretty cables make them a little more unique than your usual mittens. Advanced beginner knitters will have no problem completing this in-the-round pattern.
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Sew: USB Key Fob
Know someone who's always digging for a USB drive? Maybe it's for personal reasons, maybe it's for work. No matter how your tech-friendly friend uses it, this key fob will be useful. Sew one up in your friend's favorite color.
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Crochet: Laptop Sleeve
Even gift recipients who aren't tech savvy probably own a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. How about stitching up a tech case for one of their many gadgets? This crochet sleeve works for laptops and can be resized to fit just about any technology out there.
Quilt: Colorband Quilt
This quilt shouldn't be given to just anyone on your list. Quilts take hours to complete, and unless your co-worker or neighbor has done you a big favor, stick with smaller-scale DIYs. But a quilt like this one is perfect for that person on your list -- Mom, Dad, or partner, perhaps? -- that deserves something really special.
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Sew: Recycled Sweater Hat
Shhh, no one has to know that these hats cost practically nothing. Grab some old sweaters from the drawer or purchase some at a second-hand store. Then cut those babies up into cozy warm hats that suit everyone on your list. You can even line them with fleece if you have time.
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Knit: Cozy Feet Slipper Socks
It's the little luxuries that make the perfect gifts, and I think hand-knit slippers fall into that category. Everyone needs a pair of cozy slippers to pad around in. Would your lucky recipient rather have socks? Check out some of our sock knitting patterns for ideas.
What go-to gifts do you DIY for the lucky people on your holiday list?