Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means Christmas is not far behind.
As a DIY-lover myself _(and someone who’s always a little tight on cash)_, I’m
planning to do quite a bit of holiday gift crafting this year. After all,
homemade gifts are truly from the heart! While I of course can’t tell you what
or if I’m making any of these _(my family and friends do read this blog, ya
know)_, I still wanted to share a couple really awesome ones I’ve been seeing
online. For more, I have an entire [gift idea](http://pinterest.com/prnicolev
/gift-ideas/) Pinterest pinboard that I add to almost daily.
**1. Message Locket** — Shown on [100 Layer Cake](http://www.100layercake.com/projects/view/24/17/bridesmaid-gift/) as bridesmaid gifts, I think these message lockets would be a perfect holiday gift for any special woman in your life! There’s nothing more sentimental than wearing a message a love around your neck everyday!
**2. Chalkboard Mugs** — Found via [Pinterest](http://pinterest.com/pin/272467846175514556/) _(sorry, I don’t know the original author)_, these chalkboard mugs would be a great addition to any coffee-lover’s holiday gift basket. To create, all you need are some mugs, painters tape to cover the handle and chalkboard paint. And don’t forget to include some chalk!
**3. Apron** — Last weekend, while visiting my dad in Middle TN, I picked up a vintage 1970’s Singer sewing machine which belonged to my great grandmother. Now, I’m so excited to get sewing that I just had to include a sewing project in this post! [Stitches in Play](http://stitchesinplay.typepad.com/stitches_in_play/2010/01/apron-no- seams-exposed.html) gives an in-depth tutorial on how to make this little number. _Don’t you think it would be great to include it in a gift basket for your favorite baker?_
**4. Jewelry Organizer** — Who would have thought you could make such a gorgeous jewelry organizer from a radiator cover found at Home Depot? Good think [IHeart Organizing](http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/02/iheart-valentines- day-and-easy-diy.html) did! What a great gift for the jewelry lover in your life, or as an add-on gift to some great earrings. _**What other great DIY gift ideas have you come across?**_