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Dec. 13th, 2010 | 06:35 pm
posted by: craftsmas in happycraftsmas

My husband and I have two nephews and a niece we love and adore. This year, we're super strapped for cash -- so we've gotta find a way to make handcrafted presents work, even for kids. While my mom might jump for joy at receiving a hand-knitted reindeer just cause I made it, I highly doubt my teenage niece will -- so let the brainstorming commence!

- A handmade story book featuring characters that make no sense doing things that make no sense -- I think this is a great gift if you have the creative chops and know the kid's sense of humor! My mom always made me little books when I was a kid and I loved it!

- Amigurumi nonsense animals with the wrong number of arms and legs -- in my experience most kids approve of things that are simultaneously cute and weird.

- This Recycled Kaleidescope from Make.

- A smallish, purse-like bag for a girl -- but only if you really "get" her style! I'm giving my niece one big enough for three books -- because I know what she needs to take with her everywhere she goes.

- When all else fails, a buttload of homemade candy shall prevail...

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Logan

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from: humming_along
date: Dec. 13th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
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If the niece is a twilight fan, what about a pair of these: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/09/alice_wrist_warmers.html

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J

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from: iborjan
date: Dec. 14th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
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Really good idea!

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J

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from: iborjan
date: Dec. 14th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't rule out amigurumi for a teenage niece unless you are 100% positive that she doesn't like that sort of thing. I mean, I'm 20, and I still love stuffed animals.

Also: Have you considered homemade soaps, bath bombs, and scrubs for the teenage niece? Martha Stewart's website has some cool, simple recipes.

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from: imaginesthesnow
date: Dec. 14th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
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If the teenager has an iPod or cell phone, maybe you can knit a cover for the device. If she drinks a lot of hot beverages, knitted hot cup sleeves are starting to trend--and they're good for the environment, too!

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Stacy

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from: itsgoodtobefree
date: Dec. 14th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
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i came across this on yahoo last night and i'm taking some pointers from it as well. i think has some good ideas so hope it works out for you too!

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/care2/167/25-easy-homemade-gift-ideas.html


another gift i have done in past years is brownies in a bottle. fill a closed-lid glass jar/bottle (preferably something decorative) with the dry brownie ingredients layer by layer. attach the recipe baking directions and make sure to write down the wet ingredients that can be added later.

TLC has a good recipe on their website: http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/brownies-in-a-bottle-recipe.htm

if your teenage niece is into baking like most teenage girls, she will probably like the brownies in a bottle idea.

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