Holiday Hustle

Once upon a time, I was robustly pregnant with a little boy just as the holidays were kicking off when I had a shocking revelation. It’s a revelation, I think, that happens to all of us at some time — especially us moms:

I REALLY need to get my stuff together.

Now, my life wasn’t in any particular sort of chaos specifically, but as I waddled along with my husband and child, ringing doorbells and opening up treat bags on Halloween feeling the exhaustion of pregnancy and the excitement of a babe due just one week before Christmas, I realized that I had a LOT to pull off in a pretty short amount of time.

It may have been the nesting, or maybe the sheer panic, but I snapped into action to make sure that I had all things for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years ready, wrapped and stored so all would be right with the Holiday world. Thus, the holiday hustle was on. I shopped, I Amazon-ed, I did all the things to make sure everything that would make my little family’s Christmas a memorable one was in order. But, I didn’t want to forsake the little handmade touches my loved ones were so used to seeing from me around the holidays.

Under a time crunch that I felt so dearly, I amassed a list of simple handmade gifts that would be quick makes, but still have that handmade touch, and I’ve been Making a new list every year since.

So, here is this year’s list of makes that take almost no time, but will add that personalized, handmade touch to your winter holiday. All links below lead to Ravelry pages for each designer.

The Mini Hat Ornament by WildwoodDesignsMe: Spoiler alert to those who are expecting gifts from me this holiday, but I just thing these quick to make mini hats are the best gift topper I could imagine. Included in this pattern is also a tutorial on how to make a faux fur pom!

Barley Boot Cuffs by Ellen Bergmann: These simple but eye-catching boot cuffs take just minutes to make and use a small amount of yarn for each pair. I know that the ladies in my life will love adding this little extra detail to their winter wardrobe with these.

Twisty Turban by Crazy4CrochetMomma: With one purchase of the Caron Pantone yarn, you can make this extra soft and colorful turban that is such a quick and stunning make.

The Woodland Wrist Warmers by Yesenia Gutierrez: These quick little mitts are both quick and stylish. The simple stitches with the added detail on the edges make them a classic looking gift.

The Spa Bundle by Me, Theresa Denham: I think everyone loves a little excuse to  spend some “me time.” I may be partial, but I think that this spa gift pack is a perfect gift to encourage some self care. Be sure to check out my other favorite patterns to encourage Self Care

The Morning Hustle Cozy by Abby Sandquist: I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t LOVE this cozy as a gift. It’s the perfect size for any coffee, tea or water lover, and uses Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn. It only uses 60 – 70 yds.

The Nifty Notions Clutch by Emily Davies: I don’t think anyone would be upset to receive this super cute pouch to hold all their goodies. It can be a Maker Pouch, a wallet, or even a small purse if you add a strap to it. It’s a quick workup with an interesting texture that makes a great gift.

The Kai Cowl by Briana Iaropoli : This gorgeous cowl works up quickly, but the details certainly don’t look like it! It’s thick and cozy and would be a great stash busting project, too.

The Ribbed Pom Pom Scarf by Annie Lau: I want to make one of these in all the colors! I love how this cute make could be a suitable gift for a child or whimsical adult.

The 1.5 Hour Beanie by Jess Coppom of Make and Do Crew: And a true classic for anyone on your list is this adorable, unisex beanie. If you are really speedy, this one works up even quicker than the estimated 1.5 hours. I think it is a perfect quick make!

The Daisy Scrunchie Pattern By Mollie of White Owl Crochet Co: These are such quick trendy pieces that are perfect for the quickest of gift making!


Published by Teaganandlu

Hi, I'm Theresa (Therese to friend and family) and I live outside of Chicago in Illinois in a small college town. I'm a mom of two (and Fur Mom of two, too), and wife to my sweet husband. I love all things crafty, but am particularly obsessed with the fiber arts. I hope you enjoy my reviews, patterns and features!

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