Wouldn't it be nice if you could hire some of the elves from the North Pole to help you come up with your holiday gifts? With so many people on your list -- from coworkers to next-door neighbors -- it can be a challenge to find something special for everyone. But there is a simple solution, and it doesn't involve lots of shopping. Turn your home into a gift-making workshop. Homemade presents are the best kind: They're cost-effective but carry sentiment that money can't buy.
The ones we've come up with have broad appeal and are designed to be produced in multiples. Using an assembly-line approach, you can make a number of gifts quickly and efficiently without losing one bit of their charm. First, compile a list of everyone you want to acknowledge so you can figure out the amount of materials you will need. Then get your whole family involved, and spend an afternoon putting all the gifts together. Clear a work area, and assign each person to a task, such as cutting out tags or filling containers with popcorn. As time ticks by, you might find yourself fa-la-la-ing as you work -- that's the holiday spirit sneaking up on you.