Gifts That Give Back

Embrace an attitude of gratitude this holiday season with gifts that bring joy to the people in your life and give back to those in need.

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Christmas Wreath from Flea Market Finds

Transform flea market finds, like discarded picture frames, into this crafty christmas wreath in three simple steps.

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On Cyber Monday, venture into unchartered retail territory. These favorite online vendors, recommended by our editors and bloggers alike, offer one-of-a-kind gifts and decor from around the globe.

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Decorate with What You Have for Christmas

Deck the halls this Christmas by repurposing items you already have on hand. Getting creative with your existing decorations and accessories lets you give your home a new and festive look this holiday season without spending a lot of money.

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Set the scene on your tree with this mini diorama box ornament that you can make yourself.

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In a Twinkling: Instant Gifts

For the people on your list who already seem to have everything, here are some fun and practical gifts.

New Home Decorator Gift

For the New Home Decorator (about $40) Give a new homeowner some decorating basics with a fabric-covered caddy of handy tools. Include a small rotary mat and cutter set, a staple gun, a small hot-glue gun, fabric glue, fusible adhesive tape (for no-sew hems), a small level (for hanging pictures), a grommet kit, and upholstery needles. To make the caddy, cover a plastic tote with decorator fabric, securing the fabric with thick white crafts glue. Trim with drapery cording.

Cozy Hearth Gift

A Cozy Hearth (about $40) What could be better than a toasty fire on a cold winter evening? For your fire-tender, pack heavy-duty suede gloves, kindling, extra-long matches, and a shovel in a galvanized ash bucket. Pinecones treated to create colorful flames and peat-pot fire starters are also fun.

Car-Grooming Kit

Car-Grooming Kit (about $40) For the proud owner of a new car, assemble a kit to keep the auto looking (and smelling) new. In a plastic bucket that can be used for washing the car, pack the following from the automotive department of a discount store: bug and tar remover, a dashboard duster, interior polish for the dash, scratch remover, a washing mitt, a chamois for spotless drying, and new-car spray fragrance.

Chocolate Lover's Delight

Chocolate Lover's Delight (about $40) Who can resist chocolate? If your chocolate lover is also a cook, assemble these essentials: a chocolate cookbook, a nutmeg grater for grating chocolate, a tea-size sieve for sifting cocoa, a miniature whisk, a variety of chocolates (cocoa powder, chocolate chips, baking chocolate squares), assorted gourmet instant hot chocolate mixes, and a few truffles. Package everything in a papier-mache box painted to look like milk chocolate.

Dress-Up Kit

Dress-Up Kit (about $15) For a girl age five or six to nine or 10, this dress-up kit will bring squeals of delight. Shop yard sales and thrift stores for fancy dresses, old hats, glitzy shoes, evening bags, and costume jewelry. You can find feather boas at crafts stores. Pack everything in an old suitcase.

Doggie Indulgences

Doggie Indulgences ($50) For the dog owner, a galvanized tub (handy for bath time) filled with essentials will make a welcome gift. Some items to include: a wool blanket (to cover the car seat when traveling with a pet), grooming brush and conditioning shampoo, rawhide chew bones, personalized food and water bowls, specialty dog food, a leather collar and leash, and (if you're up to it) a coupon for dog-sitting, bathing, or walking.


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