Give something homemade
TUSCALOOSA | When the holiday budget is tight but you still want to give a gift that comes from the heart, homemade gifts are the way to go.
Monogrammed Coaster Tiles
Customized Children's Clothing
Handmade Cards or Stationery
Sweets in a holiday tin
Knitted Hat, Scarf Socks or Sweater
Whether it's a piece of painted pottery, a hand-knitted scarf or a child's dress made from scratch, homemade gifts come with a special meaning that can't be bought.
'It shows how much somebody means to you, because you give them your time,' said Tuscaloosa resident Ellen Johnson, who regularly knits scarves as Christmas gifts and makes a needlepoint ornament for her daughter every year. 'When people take the time to make something, it makes the gift more special.'
Lois Kramer, who has been knitting for almost 60 years, makes a point of making Christmas gifts for her six children and 11 grandchildren.
'The teenagers prefer money or gift cards now, but I like to tuck them in something I made,' Kramer said, suggesting a miniature needlepoint stocking.
Often, homemade gifts can be less expensive than similar items in the store. A custom monogrammed girl's dress could cost upwards of $50 or more in a specialty children's store. But a handmade version of the same dress is likely to cost around $10 to $15, depending on the type of fabric and pattern used