This year, I'm not buying pre-made gifts for adults, at all. Instead, I'll be making things. Last Spring, I found gold & silver metallic paint markers on clearance for $.50 each, so I bought 2 of each. I've been picking up Christmas bulbs at Goodwill for months now, when I find them. I'm going to simply write names & the date on them, and maybe add some small stars, or something. That will be 1 gift.
Last night, I was at the Hallmark shop killing time, and saw the cutest angels. They were made from 1 fan-folded dish towel, 1 fan folded dish rag, and one bunched up pot holder. That was it! They were tied together. Hallmark wanted $14.99. RIGHT.
I'm going to hit up Dollar Tree and see if I can buy packs with 2 dishtowels, 2 dish cloths, and 2 potholders. Then, I can make each one for $1.50. I also saw online one that took a wooden spoon, and used the spoon as the "head", so it had a spoon added. You couldn't see the spoon from the front, but it was still a cute addition.
Just now, I did a search on the phrase "No sew Christmas Crafts", and got a few hits. One was adorable! They took a pair of "magic" gloves, filled them almost full with batting (fluff, basically), or (if you don't have any), cotton balls. Then, they glued the gloves to an old baseball cap, and added a red puff ball to make a Rudolph hat. I think instead of doing it with a baseball cap, I might try it first with a stocking hat. Then, I have a fun, festive gift for the little kids- their own Holiday hats.
How about cute little no-sew Sachets? Take some fabric, and cut it into the shape you want, then glue two of them together on three sides. Fill with scented potpourri, and glue the last side. Family Fun magazine had these, and glued the "seam" not right on the edge, so there was a little "pillow" effect, leaving edges ruffled on it. Very cute, and probably easy peasy to make! Make up 4 or 5 coordinating ones, stack them ontop of one another, and tie them together with ribbon for a gift.
How about a stationary set for the kids & teens? Take an old pair of jeans, and cut the back pocket out- leave it attached to the jeans, so it remains a pocket! Glue magnets to the back, and use glitter glue & gemstones (Dollar tree carries these now) to embellish the front of the pocket. Stuff with a small notebook, a pencil or two, and some stickers. They can be used inside the locker!
Hope these are of some help to some of you!