Everyone loves the spirit of giving at the holidays
, but sometimes our budget can’t keep up with our desires. Fortunately, handmade gifts are often the very best ones, especially when you take the time to personalize them and make the gifts unique.
Music has very special powers. It can bring us together, take us back in time and cement a memory. If you’re the nostalgic one in your group of friends, why not think about the songs that really defined your friendship with your group and make a playlist of your favorites. These could be songs the group loved, songs from favorite movies or even songs that remind you of the funnier, or more hideous things that happened – in a funny way. The song your friend insisted was “her song” with a special someone who turned out to not be so special would be a funny one to include, but only if the whole relationship is something that is open for jokes and poking fun.
Make Yummy Desserts
Spend an evening making desserts for everyone in your lunch crew. You can make sugar cookies easily by simply putting the premade dough on the tray and baking. The fun comes from the decorating. Use cans or bags of icing to decorate a cookie especially for each friend. Use initials, symbols, colors, sprinkles and anything else that jumps out at you to make a very special treat for a very special person. You can also use cupcakes and cookie cutters instead of round cookies to make the treat even more personalized.
Make a Picture
With the tools available to us today, we don’t all have to be artists to work some onscreen magic for our friends. Use pictures and a bit of Photoshop to make a hilarious picture of everyone. Perhaps you can move everyone’s head onto different bodies in a funny way or just find a great backdrop to change out. You can make animated clips or use different avatar programs to make a collection for everyone that looks just like them. When your picture is finished, print it out nicely and use some inexpensive frames to finish it up. If you want, you can even decorate the plastic frames to make them even more special.
Make a Movie
All of us have so many pictures of our friends, why not do something with them? Use Photostory or MovieMaker and create a movie of your pictures set to your favorite songs. You can add graphics, video clips and narration as well to give the movie some interest. The slides of pictures can be tagged with titles and stories
as well. When it’s all pulled together, burn it on a CD to save forever and you’ll be able to share these with your friends. The movie CD is also great for the end of the school year, after a big trip together or as a special treat any time of the year.