Festive, Yet Practical Gifts for the Holidays

Christmas is probably the most expensive holiday of the year, and it’s tempting to overspend. There’s a lot of pressure to come up with a festive, yet practical gift for all on your list and stay within your budget. But with the clock ticking and funds running low, the solution is to make some DIY gifts. For me, that is crocheting. I love creating handmade gifts for my friends and family every holiday season and there are a lot of fantastic patterns on the market.

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I’ve learned over the years to have a supply of extra handmade gifts on hand for those unexpected or forgetful moments. This year, I’m making a variety of holiday-inspired crocheted kitchen accessories and I got all my ideas from the talented designers on Etsy. They add some festive flair, they’re budget-friendly and are quick, easy and fun to make. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home and fight the crowds. Here are some of my favorite patterns; I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Snowman dish towel crochet pattern
Photo copyright by ACrochetedSimplicity/Etsy

During the holiday season, a lot of us enjoy making and sporting some festive kitchen towel designs. I found several cheerful holiday towel patterns on Etsy, but I was smitten by a few created by Jennifer from ACrochetedSimplicity , including the charming Snowman Dish Towel.

With a cheerful grin, top hat, black buttons, and carrot nose, this dishtowel will change the ambiance in any kitchen. Who doesn’t love walking into the kitchen and being greeted by this festive little fella! He’ll melt your heart.

Reindeer dish towel crochet pattern

Kitchen towels are one of those basic essential must-haves in every kitchen. These versatile towels are reliable workhorses that clean up spills, wipe off surfaces, wash counters, dry dishes, and so much more. So naturally, they are an obvious and practical gift to give any adult on your list. Plus, they’re fun to make for yourself and display during the holiday season. Check out this adorable Reindeer dish towel pattern — I love his bright red nose, antlers, and jingle bell collar.

Perusing through one pattern, I thought it was set up really nicely. The written instructions are clear and easy to follow and they are accompanied by several tutorial photos. I’m a visual learner, so I found them helpful.

You want your gifts to last a long time, so it’s recommended to make these towels from worsted weight cotton yarn for durability, longevity, and absorbability. Swing by Jennifer’s Etsy Store and check out her other holiday dishtowel patterns. They would all make wonderful holiday gifts.

If you’ve read my previous craft posts, then you know I love potholders. They are a quick, easy and enjoyable item to create and give as Christmas gifts. Kate from LittleOwlHut on Etsy has created an abundance of jolly potholders that would make great stocking stuffers and last-minute gift ideas. They’re not just decorative, they’re functional for kitchen and entertaining uses.

These festive Bell potholders will bring tiding of comfort and joy to the receiver. The Reindeer potholders with their nose so bright will guide you through all your holiday festivities. The Mitts and Boots potholders lend themselves to a classic winter theme and the Santa potholder will make your decor merry and bright.

All of these designs are universal symbols or festive emblems that represent the holiday season. Some of our most memorable Christmas moments are centered around these endearing symbols and they’ve become part of our family holiday tradition and annual celebration. We just love having them around because they create a mirthful ambiance and amp up the holiday spirit.

The beauty of these patterns is that they can be made into other items. You can create sets of potholders, placemats, pillows, coasters, wall decor, applique, or other festive decorations. They offer the foundation for your own creative ingenuity and imaginative ideas to flow. So if you’re looking for inspiration, these patterns may be the spark you need. Happy crocheting!  

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