The Vintage Mama

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

Freelance writer, social media consultant and digital influencer, Lydia started her "mom blog" in 2008 as a creative way to merge motherhood with old-timey goodness. Soon she was asked to join the ranks of digital influencers from OC Family Magazine and created fashion layouts for print. Lydia has been mentioned in OC Register, OC Parenting, and RedTri as one of Orange County's Favorite Mom Blogs and has collaborated with both local and national businesses to help them connect with their market in a uniquely personal level. In addition to copywriting and online marketing, Lydia is a single mother to four children, a psychology major at California Baptist University, and is currently working on her first historical fiction novel titled "Anabelle's Prelude".

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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!!


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