Suggested Family Activity: Making Gifts

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Many people have started taking the day after Thanksgiving as a day for making and crafting items to give to family and friends instead of going out to crowded stores. Hand-made items, especially those made by children, will have a lasting place in the heart of the person who receives it. If you decide to take part in this new tradition, your public libraries have lots of great titles to help you and your family find quick and easy gifts to make at home.
Author Kathy Ross is the queen of easy to make kid’s crafts. She has several titles, including Christmas Decorations Kids Can Make, Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make and Crafts for Christmas. Other crafting titles for children you might want to check out include Disney Christmas Crafts: More than 50 Festive Ideas for Making Decorations, Wrappings, and Gifts by Marge M. Kennedy, Fun Family Crafts by Kelly Doust and Crafting Fun: 101 Things to Make and Do with Kids by Rae Grant, just to name a few.
Other interesting titles in our libraries’ collections include Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy by Mique Provost, The Family Circle Book of 429 Great Gifts-to-Make All Year Around for Just 10¢ to $10 and Gifts to Make: 365 Beautifully Easy Ideas by the Editors of Better Homes and Gardens. Those who love to woodwork might want to check out Beautiful Wooden Gifts You Can Make in a Weekend by Alan Bridgewater, while those who like to cross stitch might like Anna Marie Doherty’s 101 Weekend Cross Stitch Gifts: Over 350 Quick-to-Stitch Motifs for Perfect Presents. And finally, those who like to knit and crochet might like Great Knitted Gifts by Lesley Teare, Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch: Creating Gifts for the People you Love by Andrea Shackleton or Easy Toys: 25 Delightful Creations to Knit and Crochet.
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