The day after Halloween, it seems like the entire world has switched over to holiday-mode. Thinking ahead is good, but radio stations are already playing Christmas music is probably a little overkill. The nearly two months between the first of November and Christmas Day are seemingly the shortest two months of the year; if you’re not planning your holiday event and gifting strategy now, you might find yourself stuck in another last-minute flurry come the week of December 25th.
It’s true, ‘tis the season for giving and there are tons of ways to do just that. As crafting enthusiasts, we can’t help but suggest that crafting for others is the perfect way to show you care during the holidays. Making crafts for friends and family is great, but going beyond that, using your talents and crafting for charity is an amazing way to give back.
Don’t know where to start? Here are just four ways to kick-start your charitable crafting efforts this holiday season:
1.) Head huggers – If your craft of choice is knitting or crocheting, this may be the organization for you! Head huggers aims to create hats and caps for those who have lost their hair due to undergoing chemotherapy, brain surgery, burn wounds, etc. Giving a warm and beautiful cap to those going through these traumatic happenings is really going to lend a little bit of comfort to those who could use it the most.
2.) The Snuggles Project – Animals need to stay warm, too! The Snuggles Project believes in crafting “snuggles” for animals in a variety of techniques. They believe for those animals who are frightened or difficult to handle find comfort in the snuggles which have a calming affect on the animals.
3.) Handmade with Love – Handmade with Love Especially for You is a wonderful organization whose mission is to collect and distribute “comfort scarves” to shelters for women who have been abused. Each scarf is delivered with a ribbon and a hopeful and heartfelt personal message from its giver. This is a great way to actually connect with the woman you’re reaching out to.
4.) Hats 4 The Homeless – With harsh winter weather coming up, Hats 4 The Homeless is a wonderful way to help those less fortunate feel your kindness in the form of warm items such as hats, gloves, scarves and more; a great way to help someone in need feel truly thankful this Thanksgiving.
No matter where your charitable crafting takes you this holiday season, you’ll have a great time using your hobbies to create something special for someone in need. That’s what the season of giving and giving thanks is all about! Happy gifting!