Christmas Crafts

As the winter chill overtakes Columbia, the pressure is heating up to bag great holiday gifts. And while the area is teeming with unique creations at its local stores (and across the pages of its best magazine), perhaps no gift is more touching than the one with some personal touch. A handcrafted gift can slim down your budget and boost your impact, and doesn’t necessarily entail the expected mess and difficulty. For your merriment, Inside Columbia Magazine presents everything necessary to come up with this year’s unforgettable gift. Included are directions to local classes and workshops, as well as online instructions for a handmade gift. Now gift-givers can wrap up their holiday chores early this year, and dodge the pricey, cutthroat tidal wave of holiday shopping. That leaves more room to cherish the greatest holiday gift- an appreciative, priceless smile in the radial glow of a Christmas tree.

Here are links to instructions for a few affordable, standout gift ideas to try at home.
Microwavable Hand Warmers

Cozy up to a deserving recipient with this practical, doable project. A little felt, some stitching basics, some whole kernel corn, and holiday savvy are the only ingredients these pouches need to keep hands and hearts warm in the coldest months.

Monogrammed Mugs

Leave your mark this year with a stylish gift that bears repeated usage. This surprisingly straightforward and inexpensive option involves just a few ingredients and a little imagination.

Handmade Journal

It’ll take a penny for your thoughts, or maybe just a little more with this thrifty craft. Remind a loved one how important they are, and splash a little style under your tree.

Hand Soap

Wash your hands of holiday angst with this simple soap formula. While involving a few more ingredients, any extra investment can only deepen gratification for all.

Bath Salt with Free Label Printout

There’s nothing scrubby about this useful, aromatic gift. With just a few common items you’ll spiff up any home.

Snow Globes

Rule the globe with this surprisingly viable and charmingly decorative classic. Wrap it as gift, or double it as a seasonal decoration.