I have to start out this post by saying when I first started on the path of Waldorf Education I was very intimidated by the knitting, you see because I do not know how to. I have tried to teach myself and even had people lined up to teach me but they always fell through. In the end I give up and get discouraged so that nothing gets done.
I have since come to peace with what I don’t know and started focusing on what I do know. I love to be in the kitchen baking homemade goodness for my family, and I always find myself up for a challenge like mastering making bagels and now adding homemade tortillas to my can do list. There are so many gift ideas from the kitchen alone to fill in those blanks of what to give, and do not forget about the ones you don’t eat like playdough. https://dkjsv05.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/run-run-as-fast-as-you-can/ And salt dough ornaments, http://crafts.kaboose.com/saltdoughgifttoppers.html ,or what about a kit with everything needed to make a volcano. http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/buildavolcano.htm
How about homemade finger paints , you could decorate the outside of baby food jars filled with the different colors,
http://www.creativekidsathome.com/activities/activity_42.html#Cornstarch Fingerpaintor to be funny make lumps of coal and fill with money.http://coffee-break-whatever-craft-time.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-dinosaur-eggs-or-treasure.html
As a child my mother tought me how to hand sew. She use to run a home business selling creative circle (do they even exist anymore?) I have since taught myself more complex stitches and sewing is something I truly enjoy. This is where I have placed my focus in teaching handwork to The Little’s. https://dkjsv05.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/audio-books-and-handwork/ This post makes me think of making our own audio book ,maybe take turns as a family reading a chapter book and record it for someone special (Dad this would be a great idea for the girls ,they would love to hear you read them a story :). )
Again I myself can get lost in all the beautiful gift ideas.
I also have found a love for painting and not just on canvas.
( Above some of my first projects, I like to think I have gotten better.)
(The very first treehouse given to Little Sis for her third birthday and still her most favorite toy to play with.)
I am one who believes we “all” were born creative (and for those of you who think “Well not me”, I failed art class in high school. No joke really).
It all comes down to finding something that “you “enjoy doing and to wrap your focus around that this year for a homemade holiday. Oh and there is no shame in calling in reinforcements, http://www.etsy.com/,after all I don’t know where I would be without them.
Wishing everyone stress free holidays this year. Peace