Gift giving can add up fast. As Meredith said, it's easy to bleed money in December. It can be all too easy to spend huge amounts of money on something--anything--for the people on your Christmas list.
While I don't make gifts for everyone (there are those who just don't appreciate handmade gifts), making gifts can be a thoughtful and economical way to go. (Some handmade items are not economical, which you know if you're a crafty girl. Those supplies can add up quick!)
But this gift is super quick, super easy, and super appreciated.
A few years ago, I made rice socks for my parents as a Christmas gift. Inspired by a Martha Stewart Good Thing, I filled an argyle sock with rice and tied a knot. Heated in the microwave for two minutes, it wraps your neck and shoulders in delicious warmth, soothing any aches and pains.
I couldn't find this on Martha's site, but here the original article in an old issue:
For Christmas, Janna made me a rice pillow--and I love it. It's a perfect lap size, fits behind the small of my back on the couch, great for snuggling with at bedtime.
So I made a couple of rice pillows as gifts. I made mine similar to Janna's, but I made an inner pillow filled with rice and then made a pillow cover for the outside. That way, the cover can be removed and washed.
Here's the one I made for my mom out of some fabric in my stash (or at least the embroidered cover part of it--monograms again!):
Sew a basic rectangular pillow out of muslin or plain fabric, leaving an opening. Fill with rice until it feels like the right amount (you can also add lavender or an essential oil if desired) and sew the opening shut. Then make a pillow cover slightly larger. That's it. Don't use anything metal--it's going to go in the microwave to get warm!
Did you make any great gifts for Christmas that didn't cost much but greatly appreciated? Leave a link in the comments and tell us all about it! Because it's never to early to start Christmas crafting!
P.S. I think it may become Frugal Friday around here.