Christmas is a time to enjoy loved ones, and gifts are a great way to show your friends and family that you care. If you're like most people, you have a hard time figuring out what to get your loved ones for Christmas. Try something different this year. Instead of shopping for the latest trendy gift, make your loved ones handmade items that they can cherish for years to come. Here are four handmade gifts you can embroider.
1. Hand towel
Christmas-themed hand towels are great for holiday parties, and they also add some festive cheer to a home at any time. Make your very own Christmas hand towels using Christmas embroidery patterns. Choose a plain hand towel in green or red, and stitch your design onto the bottom half so it will be visible while the towel is hanging.
2. Framed embroidery
Framed embroidery is a great gift for the art enthusiast in your life. Choose a plain white or unbleached cotton for the background of this design. When selecting colors for a Christmas embroidery pattern, red, green, and white are always safe choices. Use metallic gold or silver thread as an accent for an especially eye-catching look.
3. Holiday stockings
Hanging holiday stockings to be filled with treats is a beloved Christmas tradition. You can buy holiday stockings premade in the stores, but your friends and family will love stocking that you made yourself. Personalize the stockings by embroidering your loved ones' initials onto each one. Add embroidered holly leaves around the initials for an extra bit of Christmas magic.
4. Christmas sweater
It gets chilly during wintertime, and people often want to spend Christmas Eve bundled up by the fire. Surprise your loved ones with custom Christmas sweaters for the occasion. Since sweaters have a lot of available surface area, you can choose big, elaborate designs to embroider. Just remember that embroidery thread is made of cotton which can shrink in the dryer, so remind your lucky gift recipients to hang their sweaters to dry after washing.
Handmade gifts can mean the world to your loved ones. They show that you care enough to put the time and effort into making a present just for them. If you want to start a new gift-giving tradition this year, embroider some of these one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family. With a little bit of embroidery floss and a great pattern, you can make almost anything.