he best presents I’ve ever received (orgiven!) have been handmade. My sistergave me a hand-sewn quilt when I got married,and my aunt knit me a lacy baby blanket when myson Sam was born. And I smile every time I seethe ceramic purse-shaped planter that mydaughter Hannah made for me after I wrote myrst craft book,
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. Thesepresents are treasures. They are beautiful in theirown right—the intricate stitching on the laceblanket, for example, is almost miraculous! Butthe value of these gifts goes way beyond theirsurface appeal.When I started writing this book, I gave a lotof thought to why these handmade presentsmean so much. I think the notion that someonewould take the time to make a gift by hand, andthen be willing to give it away, is part of the rea-son. When someone makes something especiallyfor you, it feels like you’re getting a little piece of that person along with the gift. And handmadegifts are, by nature, truly unique. So when you’relooking to give something special, what betterway than to make it yourself?Nowadays, trying to nd the perfect gift ispractically a weekly occurrence. Did you knowthat one of the top phrases people search for onGoogle is “gift ideas”? It seems like we’re alwayslooking for some kind of present: a hostess gift,birthday present, or just a little token to say, “Ilove you.” This book is lled with dozens of homemade gift ideas that you can whip up forfriends, family, teachers, and just about anyoneelse in your life who deserves a special treat. Theideas are meant to take the pressure off—so youcan focus on the fun of making and giving in-stead of worrying about
to give.The chapters are arranged by types of gifts:Hostess Gifts, Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him, Giftsfor Kids, Gifts from the Heart, and Gifts of theSeason. As with
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, many of the projects in this book are made from accessi-ble, recycled or repurposed materials. For exam-ple, the Wonder-ful Apron in Chapter 1 (page 18)uses recycled Wonder Bread wrappers to turnkitchen chores into kitschy good fun. Cozy dish-towels make the slippers on page 38 a cinch towhip up and comfy to wear. Many projects allow you to utilize your favorite fabrics and smallscraps you might have on hand, such as the FabricNote Cards on page 102 and the Fabric NestingBowls on page 106.