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Christian Themed Christmas Gift Idea -- Jesus Focused

It is that time of the year again, time to come up with some quick gift ideas for the folks for your family and friends. You are going to love this quick and simple gift idea...
Come along as I show you how to get started making your basket full!

Who would love one of these?
Grandma
Aunt
Men
Gift for families
Secret Pal
Coworker gift
Mail Lady
Pet Groomer
Teachers
Friends
 & MORE!


Fill a basket full of these and set it at the front door. When you are heading out to your Holiday gathering toss a couple in your purse and you will have that last minute gift covered. They make great take home gift for folks after hosting your own event.





THE BRAINSTORMING
I wanted to create a practical gift that would be great for anyone, that was not something that would end up being re-gifted later. I wanted a gift that had a HOMESPUN style and most of all it had to tell of  the TRUE meaning of Christmas TOO!


THE PLAN

You see I am always getting extra points to use in the major department stores. Sometimes it is 5 bucks and sometimes it is less. So I got to thinking...... What if I saved those points up and purchased some adorable hand soaps! Who does not like hand soap? They have some really cute designs on the front. From snowmen, gingerbread men, and Christmas berries. So I decided to create a gift that would cover women, men, families, the mail man, the dog groomer and that hard to buy for person on my list. Everyone has to wash there hands. These gifts would be great to display in the bath or kitchen. Plus when it is empty they can just toss it out. No having to find a home for something that they really did not need. Now that is my kind of gift!

CANDY!
Then I got to thinking....hmmmm. What if we added candy too? Something delicious, inexpensive, but speaks Christmas loud and clear! Better yet what if we turned the candy cane upside down and let is represent the letter J for "Jesus"? Yes! That would be perfect! Nothing is better than a gift with a message; and what better message at Christmas than that of JESUS! I remember how much fun we had last year creating POLYMER CLAY ORNAMENTS with JESUS, JOY and NOEL stamped them. I love a gift with a message!




THE PRESENTATION
These gift had to look beautiful and to "speak" love when received from the folks on our gift list. They were not going to be wrapped so they would look nice and pretty when handed out. Now how to attach the candy cane to the bottle. Should I use Ribbon or Tape? No, then it hit me, JUTE TWINE! Our local dollar store has it for about a $1.00 a roll in the hardware/ household section. So I bought a couple of rolls. This idea was starting to come together very nicely.
 I love anything that has the HOMESPUN look! Something that looks like it came straight from a OLD GENERAL STORE or had COUNTY CHARACTER. So while I was in the dollar store I found these cute little hang tags, they were a 1.00 for about 18 large tags. I was planning on creating about 24 gifts. I also purchase my candy canes at the dollar store too.

Tools:
Scissors
Jute Twine
Hang Tags
Hand Soap
Candy Canes (your choice of flavor)

The first step is to secure your candy cane to the bottle. This is a little tricky because the candy cane like to slide down the hand soap bottle. So start by cutting long strand of jute twine and creating a knot in the middle of the twine. Then slip it over the candy cane and place the candy cane upside down onto the front side of the bottle. then wrap the twine around the back of the bottle and bringing the twine to the front and crisscross it behind the candy cane. This step will secure your candy cane and prevent it from slipping. Then tie the jute twine into a large bow. I left mine long and frilly. You will tie the hang tag to the neck of the bottle. My hang tags are large so I slipped them over to one side of the bottle so both the hang tag and candy cane can be seen.

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I am not going to wrap these gifts, I will simply pass them out to family and friends that visit our home during the holiday season. I will fill baskets with them and take them to family gatherings and events and just pass them out to folks when it is time to open gifts. No wrapping required!

So next time you are out running your Christmas errands, stop by your dollar store and grab your supplies for this gift idea and create a basket full for your friends and family.


This gift is simple, practical, has a message and is really fun to craft. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have. It is a great craft for kids to get involved in. HINT Change the theme and you have a birthday gift, new mother, housewarming....etc.
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How To Crochet A Snowflake: Free Pattern and Video Tutorial!

Guess what? It's SNOWING at the BLOG! 
Come along as we learn to crochet SNOWFLAKES!

Lesson 12: TEACHING KIDS TO CROCHET in the YOU TUBE series is HERE!



Don't let this BEAUTIFUL creation get you nervous at ALL! You are going to create SNOWFLAKES and I will be here to guide you every step of the way! If you get stumped at all email me at 123imaginationalive@gmail.com
So grab your yarn and let's start creating SNOWFLAKES!

You can read the pattern straight from this page or you can download or print a copy for your pattern stash at the bottom of this page.




 Crocheted Snowflakes are so versatile.

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS
 I decorate my Christmas tree with them.
Hang them on sparkling cider bottle and give as gifts.
Make several and string them for garland.
I tie them to lotion and soap bottles for a quick gift.
Attach a poem or scripture and pass out to large groups.
Use them in home decor.

I attached a snowflake to a bottle of snowman themed hand soap.


Decorate your Christmas Tree with Snowflakes.



I like to make mine in different colors, it makes them appear more OLD WORLD STYLE.
White is the classic. You can play around with color choices of your own.
You can crochet them with cotton or acrylic. Try using a small or larger crochet hook for smaller or larger snowflakes. 



I prefer white cotton yarn, but acrylic works just fine too.

If you are not a crochet pattern reader. That is OK I have that covered as well.
You can find this crochet tutorial on my YOU TUBE channel and watch a step by step video of this SNOWFLAKE PATTERN VIDEO




I encourage you to grab a hook and some yarn and crochet a basket full of these fun SNOWFLAKES! You can locate tons of free patterns here at my blog under crochet.
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You will be able to choose between black and white or color copy.

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How To Crochet A Candy Cane: Teaching Kids To Crochet Series


This is one of my most favorite patterns! I love the swirl of red and white yarn in this creation! I you can tell I am excited about sharing this new pattern with my followers. It means that Christmas is right around the corner! YES! FINALLY! This page is full of all the things you will need to create a sleigh full of CANDY CANES for the Holiday. 



You will be able to print a PDF copy of this pattern at the bottom of this page.

This pattern will include tools needed, types of yarn and the pattern.


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Subscribe today and let me teach your kiddos to crochet! This is Lesson 11 in a series of Teaching Kids to crochet! You will find the other lesson there and on my blog under CROCHET

Here are some examples of my lessons. 
From just getting started or mastering the DOUBLE CROCHET CROSS STITCH you will learn fast and have fun along the way!

When you are ready and are looking for FREE PATTERNS you can find them on the BLOG HERE!
So let's get started and crochet those CANDY CANES!
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