- Stationery is a novel gift idea for someone who loves writing letters the old-fashioned way. Making stationery is also as easy as purchasing a stack of paper and releasing a little creativity. Try recycled paper and colored paper for some extra flair. Use techniques like hole-punching, printing and stamping. Take it a step up and create envelopes using regular, blank envelopes as a canvas to match.
- It might take some extra effort to make scarves as gifts. Plan well in advance, especially gift-makers who have little experience with needlecraft. Choose a method, either knit or crochet. Look for projects that require only one stitch on big needles with bulky yarn. Using bulky yarn makes projects grow more quickly and results in a fluffier finish. Yarn-working techniques like hand-knitting and crochet are physical skills. So the more scarves that you make, the faster your work becomes from the repetitive practice of the movements involved in making a single stitch. Each scarf can cost 10 dollars or less with regular yarn. For an extra touch, specialty yarns like bamboo/cotton blends can be more expensive, but are also more absorbent and durable. Make sure yarns are machine washable and if not, inform the recipient.
Mix it Up
- Try using the same skills for new projects. Stationery skills, for instance, can be used to make cards instead. Knitting and crochet skills can be used to make dishtowels, doilies, washcloths and scrub cloths. Knitted items will turn out rectangular or square, depending on the number of rows and the number of stitches in each row. Crocheted projects turn out in circles.
- Finally, personalizing items makes it easy to keep everyone from receiving the same gift. Monograms, for instance, can keep letters straight, in case stationery recipients know each other and send letters. Put a pet owner's favorite animal on an envelope or letter head. For professionals, use a computer word processor to print their names and addresses for personal correspondences. Another way to personalize an item is to add a note on special gift stationery saying something special about the recipient.