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.
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 (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.