They say it’s the thought that counts, so why not make some special Christmas gifts for family, friends and neighbours this year? Whether you fancy a hand-made Christmas stocking filled with little treats, or some heirloom decorations for the tree – there are plenty of ways to get creative this Christmas.

Now’s the time to get started, so we’ve rounded up some of the best new books to help you plan your projects…

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Handmade Christmas, from Cico Books, has over 35 step by step projects including decorations, cards and food gifts. There are plenty of templates and projects for children, from DIY snow globes using jam jars and glitter, to elegant Swedish Dala horse candleholders from tin sheeting.

PomPom Christmas by Alistair Macdonald has twenty appealing ideas for decorations and gifts made from leftover wool. Once you have the knack, pompoms are simple to make and have a certain retro charm. Try a festive wreath, adorable angels or snowmen for the tree or a cute Scottie Dog as
a gift.

It’s worth dusting off your sewing machine for Debbie Shore’s Half Yard Gifts and Half Yard Christmas, both have gorgeous projects that don’t take much time using fabric remnants. Try making
some cute robin bunting, felt gift bags, or simple but special tablemats and runners.

Sue Stratford’s Merry Christmas Sweaters to Knit has designs for adults and children which will appeal to the experienced knitter. The patterns come with detailed charts for knitting Nordic designs, Santas, puddings, trees and all manner of festive jollities. If, like me, you still haven’t finished the mittens you started in Primary Seven, the designs are a bit ambitious, but anyone who wields their needles with confidence should find much to appeal.

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