Homemade Christmas Gifts for Teens

While it may seem that teens won't be happy unless they have the latest in everything, these gift ideas for homemade Christmas gifts for teens will not only please them, but show them you truly care.

Give the personalized gift of a fleece blanket, perfect for watching TV, keeping warm at a football game or covering a bed. Choose from hundreds of fleece material patterns, selecting ones that match your teen's hobby, favorite sports team, room colors or school colors. After pinning two sections of fleece together use scissors to cut 1 inch wide strips into all four sides. Tie the strip on top to the strip on the bottom into a double knot and work your way around. When all sides are tied and pins are removed, you're done with this impressive homemade holiday gift.

If you know the teen well, consider creating a shadow box that highlights his or her achievements and hobbies. Purchase an empty box at the craft store along with scrapbook embellishments. Include items that represent their hobby. Whether it's dance, sports, horses or golf, you can create a shadow box for your teen's personalized gift. Or, give them something funky, such as a decoupaged stool, mirror with wooden frame or wall plaque. Cut out magazine pictures with a theme or just a collection of cool words. Cover the wooden item with decoupage glue and apply the paper, collage style. Cover with one more coat and let dry.

What teenager doesn't like a gift of food? Take a turn at making homemade candy, such as dipped chocolates, peanut brittle, caramels, pinoche or divinity. Place the candies in an attractive tin and the teen will dive right into the homemade holiday gift. Consider presenting a decorative tub full of cookie dough. Simple prepare the teen's favorite cookie dough and pack a rubber tub full. Include baking instructions as well so they can have a batch of fresh cookies anytime, although eating it plain is fine, too. The dough will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks or it can be frozen.

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