Practical Christmas Gifts that Make it Easier to DIY

Practical Christmas Gifts that Make it Easier to DIY

I think people like practical Christmas gifts more than they like to admit. After all there are only so many sweaters or candles a girl can receive, right? I prefer to receive presents that I can use all year-round. Yes, practical Christmas gifts can be fun too, because if you enjoy DIY, having the right tools on hand can make your life so much easier and you can save money in the long run, too.

For the at-home baker

I received a Kitchenaid mixer 15 years ago as a Christmas gift and use it several times a week. I’ve recently gotten in to making my own artisan bread dough and the Kitchenaid makes it a cinch. Slide on the bread hook…no kneading necessary and no floury mess!

Practical Christmas Gifts that Make it Easier to DIY

My KitchenAid is plain white but I’m partial to this one in “sea glass”. What a gorgeous statement that makes on the kitchen counter!

For the paper crafter

I adore my HP Printer. And HP Instant Ink is a life saver, truly. Before I had my printer, I was having to go to the copy store anytime I needed something scanned or printed out, which was such a hassle (especially when we were trying to buy our house and were constantly needing to send paperwork). We finally bought an HP Printer and I love having access to the scanner as well as free coloring and activity page printables for the kids, the ability to print photos and pretty much print whatever and whenever!


HP Snapshots

Then I found out about HP Instant Ink and I no longer feel like I have to scrimp on what gets printed. My printer is in contact with HP and I’m automatically sent a new ink cartridge before my printer runs out. The cost is so much better than the ink refills at the copy shop, so it’s a definite win-win. And if you sign up now, you’ll receive 6 months for free!

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For the seamstress

I bought myself a very nice sewing machine about ten years ago. I’ve been selling my sewn items on Etsy for a while and needed something that made my products look more professional. My Husqvarna Sapphire sewing machine has a foot pedal that allows me to tap and lift and lower the presser foot, making applique so much easier and quicker. But what about the inner seams of my sewn clothing? And how about sewing with knit fabrics?

Practical Christmas Gifts that Make it Easier to DIY

Minnie shirt, sewn by me and finished off with a serged edge inside (and along hem)

Look inside your store-bought tee and see the serged edge that covers the raw seam? A Babylock Serger Machine will give that polished look to your clothes instead of a raw seam that unravels and frays in the wash. And it makes sewing with knit fabrics so easy because of the stretchabilty of the serged edge. With automatic tension and jet air threading, it makes sewing so much fun without the stress. Expensive? Yep…but if you’re a serious seamstress, having the Babylock is fantastic. I’ve had mine for 8 years and it’s never needed servicing.

For the photographer

I’ve had my Canon Rebel XTI for ten years and have been able to take great looking photos over the years. I’ve never paid for a professional photo shoot because I have a nice camera that I can use to capture special occasional. But I’m ready for a change. The Canon is perfect for outdoor shots, especially under open shade. But I’m always disappointed with my indoor shots because it doesn’t shoot well in low light. In fact, my cell phone takes better indoor shots than my Canon. Also my Canon is big and heavy, which gets to be hard to carry around when we’re at amusement parks.

Taken with my Canon Rebel Xti

Taken with my Canon Rebel Xti

I’ve read some reviews and have been looking at the Sony DSC-RX100/B 20.2 MP Digital Camera. It has great views for shooting in low light and is lightweight and compact. Looks like a great camera to take to Disney!

For the cook

It’s so easy to get overly “gadgety” in the kitchen. All those little things are cool and some can be very useful but then you have to find a place to store them (and remember to use them!) I prefer to receive a really great cookbook. Having new recipes helps things stay fresh and fun in the kitchen. Here are a few of my favorites (some that I’ve borrowed from the library and can’t wait to add to my home collection).

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking

Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food

Food Network Magazine Great Easy Meals: 250 Fun & Fast Recipes


For the social media maven

Several years ago my husband and I took the kids to Disneyland and by 3 pm, both of us had totally dead batteries on our cell phones. Too much photo taking and uploading to social media at the beginning of the day and we were left without any cell power. I did some research online and bought a small, compact charging device. It’s fine for when it’s just me and I need to boost mid-day but it’s not enough juice to charge both phones. After chatting with a social media friend, she showed me something similar to this EasyAcc Monster Power Bank. This thing can charge like crazy so there is no worries about your cell phone running out of power when you’re snapping pictures, taking video, tweeting or sharing on Facebook.

What are your favorite practical gifts? Share with us in the comments!

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