Enter the 2007 Homemade Holidays Contest here!
Ok, I'm a super cheapskate. I won't pay for parking, full-price movie showings, or anything I can routinely find in a dumpster. Even the act of shopping fills me with hate. As a kid, the worst thing in the world was stepping into a department store with my parents; they could have punished me with shopping trips. I'd be tired, angry, hungry, sore, and bored all rolled into a tantrum ready to erupt. Today, I'm not much better: my tantrums have evolved into anti-consumerism diatribes.
Some stores, however, leave me feeling rejuvenated. Well-built tools, quality raw materials, or even weird bits of broken gadgetry provide the means, inspiration, and building blocks for an infinite number of creative projects.
Around the holidays, this presents a certain dilemma. Not everyone on my gift list is excited to receive tools and raw materials -- they need a finished product. So, I buy the silk swatches, LEDs, and sustainably-grown Chechen hardwood myself, and use them to make presents for my friends and family (and I save the lecture on why shopping for consumer products exhausts both me and the environment).
Grandma gets a digital picture viewer customized for her, Christy gets an LED light box and Escher print, the cousins get Marshmallow guns, and so on.
The number of great Instructables documenting homemade gifts tells me I'm not alone. Just a few:
Cheap 'n Easy Digital Picture Frame
Duct Tape Handbag
LED Popsicle Stick Picture Frame
Make a 100 page Notebook
photo cube - frameless, cheap and easy!
Save $200 in 2 minutes and have the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s best writing pen (the standard Instructables team welcome gift)
Telephone Handset Microphone,
Walnut & Chocolate Covered Homemade Marshmallows,
and of course, the gift you just can't seem to give away fast enough,
A Free Yacht.
So, save Grandma another baffling discussion on the links between the Christmas card industry, the WTO, and the Illuminati, and instead make her and everyone else something nice and share how you did it with us.
We'll give the three best Instructables documenting holiday gifts your choice of one of these really cool tools:
Cuisinart 7c food processor
Dremel 400-6/90 400 Series XPR Rotary Tool Kit
Fluke 115 True-RMS Multimeter
Singer 1525 sewing machine
(yes, I know, buying these undoubtedly fills the coffers of the Christmas-Industrial complex, but nice tools will let you make even better presents!)
Five projects will win Leatherman juice S2 pocket knives laser-engraved with the Instructables logo and your username, real name, email address, or whatever you want. Laser-engraving is our way to make a homemade present for you!
Second Prize prime!
Five projects will win Make Magazine Thomas J. Glover Pocket References Guides! These things are handy!
10 projects will win your choice of a water bottle or a flashlight laser-engraved with the Instructables logo and your moniker.
15 Projects will be selected for honorable mention and will win an Instructables patch to sew onto your bag, jacket, or wherever.
Any project that documents a homemade gift and is added to the Homemade gifts group is eligible. Bonus points for introduction steps that clearly summarize the project and explain why your gift is perfect for the person receiving it. Instructables that show gift projects for kids to make are similarly eligible. All entries must be published and entered in the Homemade gifts group by end of the day January 1st, 2007.