The Vintage Mama

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Easy {and Thoughtful} Gifts You Can Make By Christmas

I pretty much had my Christmas shopping done last week, but I had 2 or 3 gifts that I wanted to add a little something extra to. Though I could have just bought something at the mall or online, I’ve been feeling extra crafty lately (which done’t happen too often) and decided to make a tied fleece blanky. It turned out so wonderfully (and my hubby was so smitten by my craftiness) that I decided to make 2 more as gifts for his mom and sister.

You probably get that feeling too…wanting to give a thoughtful, handmade gift…but don’t have a lot of time or crafty know-how to make one. Here are some of the best idea’s I found for easy handmade gifts:

Tied Fleece Blanket

Of course I must put this one since it is the craft that inspired this post. I just recently started making these (helped out to make some at church to send to troops a few weeks ago) and I was so surprised at how easy it was. I just made one last night and it took me about 1 hour to complete. The only supplies you need are 2 yards of a printed fleece fabric, 2 yards of a solid color fleece fabric to match and scissors (fabric scissors work best).


Vintage Homekeepers Notebook


This is one that I made for my sister as a house warming gift. I printed out the entire Homekeepers Planner and 550 Puttery Treats from and put it in a 3 ring binder for her. She really loved it! If you need a gift for a blogger, you can print out the Bloggers Planner (which I also have) and put that in a 3 ring binder for her. So easy, so vintage and so lovely!

Iron-On Images


You can personalize almost any fabric gift with an iron on transfer! I gave my grandma (who is really tough to shop for) a canvas tote with a photo of my 3 rascals on it. She thought it was a great idea and uses her little tote daily. All you need is an iron-on transfer or printable fabric that you can find at any craft store, an iron and something to iron your image on. You can find free vintage images at The Graphics Fairy, Free Vintage Images, and The Vintage Moth. Look at this pajama, hand towels and vintage coloring totes for inspiration.

ReWrap Soap or Tea with Nostalgic Prints

It really doesn’t get any easier than this. Print out the free wrapping paper and re-wrap the soap or tea to give it new nostalgic charm. I plan to do this with my recent old fashioned soap finds from my local 99 cent store, Yardley and Cashmere Bouquet! Makes a great hostess gift too.

 Do you have an easy, last minute gift idea? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


• Meet the Author ➞ Lydia Hernandez

Writer & digital influencer, Lydia initially started "mommy blogging" in 2008. Since then, has grown into a retro-inspired blog helping women to become the best versions of themselves. She's also is a single mother to 4 rascals, a copywriter and editor, a psych major, and is currently working on two fictional novels.

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  • love the fleece blankets…my daughter has one that my sister made for her and it is wonderfully warm and cozy. As an extra special touch her name was embroidered on it!!