It is about time do set up crafts so they can be finished in time for Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!! I just adore handmade gifts from both sides, and I thought we could post ideas, links to instructions, etc... here. I love to read the holiday craft magazines, esp the ones out from Oct to the end of Christmas. This year I got the Family Fun Christmas special magazine and one about food gifts. Each are ten bucks list price and were only seven a Sam's. in my opinion the Family Fun one has page after page after page of amazing idead that are very do-able and have very complete instructions. You can also go to their website for even more amazing ideas. I have not read all of the other magazine, but one idea just looks like it might be fun. It is a salad in a jar. Sounds odd, but it has layers of ingredients topped off with 2 cups of salad greens all packed into a mason jar. It just looked pretty, and you could do all sorts of things with this for a teacher lunch or whatever. A food gift that would be great by Christmas is homemade vanilla. It is the easiest thing in the world to make. You get vanilla beans and put them into a bottle of either vodka or light rum. I like the rum best because I like the added flavor of the rum in many things. You let the bottle with the beans (need enough alcohol to cover the beans) sit for two weeks, shaking when you think about it. Then you can smell/taste it and decide fi you want to just let it sit or not. I usually keep about six to eight beans in a 1.75 liter bottle of rum. It smells amazing and is actually quite affordable esp if you bake a lot. For gifts, pour some of the vanilla into a clean bottle and label. You can include a whol or partial vanilla bean if you want. It looks better and the alcohol can be topped off regularly so that the bean has a very long life. I have kept beans n a bottle like this for years, and a bean can last a year or more if you keep it mostly covered with alcohol!!!!!! The other idea I wanted to mention here right now are gifts in a cone. You package ingredients in a cone shaped plastic bag. Most people would find them in hobby stores and these bags can cost a dollar each or more, depending on the store. You can also go to the Wilton baking aisle and get a box with disposable decorating bags for a whole, whole, whole lot less. Many placed like Hobby Lobby have a regular forty or fifty percent off coupon and it makes this even more affordable!!!!!!!!! A fun material to play with is wool felt. There are a lot of projects out there callng for it. You take an old wool sweater and wash/dry it on high heat until you can cut it and it won't fray. then you can make cup sleeves, coasters, string small squaress and tie them into a circle and make a wreath, etc..... iit just sounds like something new to play with. I haven't shrunk clothes in quite a while. My poor mother. I used to joke about paying my bro to shrink all her sweaters when I was in high school. I don't know if she ever really knew whether I did or didn't pay him, lol!! He did all the family laundry and I ended up with almost all of her sweaters. Fancy that, lol! What gift ideas/crafts/ornaments are you thinking of and planning/plotting for ?