Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook and Knit
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Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit
By: Jennifer Worick
Published By: Voyageur Press
Book reviewed by Julia Litz, editor of AllFreeChristmasCrafts
A great gift contains two essential ingredients - sentiment and care. You can go out to the mall, find a generic item and spend too much. Or you can stay home and create a simple gift that speaks to the recipients interests. Whether you have a long list of friends and family or just need one special present, you're sure to find great ideas in Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft Sew, Cook & Knit.
This book is divided into chapters to help you organize your thoughts and find the perfect gift. If you love to sew, the second chapter, Fiber and Fabric, will definitely keep you busy. Paper crafters, check out the fourth chapter, Paper Trail, and learn how to make a journal or personalized stationery. There is even a chapter filled with edible gifts like roasted coffee beans, salted caramels and customized spice rubs.
Before you get started on your handmade gifts, be sure to check out the first chapter of the book, The Art of the Gift. In this section, you'll find a gift-giving worksheet. Here you can keep track of information such as ring size, favorite television show and interior design style. This is a great way to get to know your friends and family members! Also, be sure to check out the Presenting the Present section, which is filled with creative alternatives to wrapping paper. Who knew that a chinese takeout box could be a great gift wrap option?
Each project includes color photos, step-by-step instructions and a materials list. Some projects also feature anecdotes and project notes to help you along the way. This book is sure to keep you busy all year long and will help you find the perfect gift for every single person on your Christmas list.
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