Creative Christmas gift ideas are not always the most expensive nor are they always the easiest to find. Here are some ideas or themes that will give you a starting point to figure out that special gift for that person in your life.
Many forget that Christmas can be an easy creative theme for fits. Here are some suggestions.
Glass ornaments customized and hand decorated
Make hand casted plaster of paris molded ornaments (easy and inexpensive! - see how to)
Homemade Christmas candy (see recipes under home made Christmas candy)
More Christmas Ideas
Pair a classic Christmas storybook, holiday movie, or music CD with a store bought package of cocoa mix and peppermint sticks or your own homemade mix in a jar (see recipe)
Holiday and Christmas Theme books include:
The Night Before Christmas,
Dickens A Christmas Carol
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Holiday and Christmas theme movies include:
A Christmas Story
Its a Wonderful Life
Home Alone Lost in New York
I'll be Home for Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
Frosty the Snowman
Olive the Other Reindeer
National Lampoon's Christmas
Christmas with the Kranks
Amy Grant Christmas Album
Manheim Steamroller instrumental
Elvis Presley Christmas Collection
Sports such as golf, basketball, baseball, football, tennis, soccer etc) or a favorite team fits the idea of a creative Christmas gift ideas. Here are more ideas,
Less than $10 - A favorite snack (peanuts, popcorn and a poster, cap, team t-shirt
More than $15 - Official team cap or jersey, Tickets to a game in a clever package (cap, basket, box, etc) 1 year subscription to a magazine along with a current copy of the magazine and a note "more to come"
Less than $10 - Pair a small basket of snacks or make some homemade granola or gorp (see recipe below)
More than $15 - Group a couple items together such as a stainless steel water bottle and tap water filter, or Pair the latest healthy living book you can find with a water bottle
Gourmet food basket: Combine cheese, salted nuts, crackers, bottle of wine or a bottle of sparkling apple cider, apples or dried fruit especially apricots or dried apples are also considered creative Christmas gift ideas.
Cook or Cook Wannabe
Pair a cookbook and wooden spoons
Combine assortment of 5-10 cooking aids such as lemon juicer, apple corer, plastic spatula (for nonstick surfaces)
Muffin pan, bundt pan or interesting gelatin or baking mold paired with plastic spatula or kitchen hand towels
A stack of kitchen hand towels tied with a bow and wooden spoons, or plastic cooking utensils
Glass or antibacterial coated cutting boards tied with a bow and add a cookbook or a really great slicing knife
Make a coupon for 1 night 4-6 hours free babysitting put in an envelope, gift bag or basket with an ice pack and aspirin
Combine a parenting book with a treat/snack such as homemade granola or a container of caramel corn (Archer farms and Trader Joe's have great packaging for caramel corn less then $5 a jar)
Combine a blanket, hot cocoa mix (homemade in a jar or store bought packets) and book for relaxation or about parenting
In a basket put a couple of apples, cheese and a bottle of wine or sparkling apple cider and package of crackers
Big Sister, Big Brother or 1st Christmas
One of the most terrific and simple creative Christmas gift ideas might be to make a fuss about the new role of a new sibling or first Christmas. A personalized t-shirt, a journal or photo album that says I'm a big sister/brother now
Put 2 movie tickets along with box of favorite candy tie with a bow and wrap
Combine a box of microwave popcorn with a favorite movie (age appropriate) DVD or Blue Ray Disc
Make a big container of homemade granola and wrap it up in a beautiful container.
Eco Chic and useful combine a gift card from any of these "hip" suppliers, iTunes, Best Buy, Target, Visa, etc. attach it to a cool water bottle or put inside the bottle if you can see through it (see pictures for examples)
Young grad or Career-centric
Success oriented books/tapes such as
The Psychology of Success
The Road Less Traveled
The 7 Habits of Successful People
Think and Grow Rich
Self help tapes (Brian Tracy, Geoffrey Gitomer, etc.)
Career books such as How to get a job, how to write a resume
Low on money?
Show that new grad you care by put together a list of websites for jobs or companies hiring for the new grad's career. Put it on a CD or print it out on nice clean paper wrap it in a bow. A great gift of time and concern.
new in the neighborhood
By now I hope you are starting to get the picture and you can come up with some of your own creative Christmas gift ideas!