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The Ultimate Survival Guide For Early Holiday Shoppers In 2020

Early starts = extra time for creativity.

The holidays are upon us soon(ish?), which means it's your time to shine, early preppers.

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Now, are you ready for some sweet gift ideas that'll feel like a warm hug?

1. Curate an experience, like everything a couple would need for a homemade pasta date night.

Homemade gnocchi pasta being made on cutting board.
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Create a gift basket filled with tools for fun pasta shapes, a cookbook, and dry ingredients like semolina flour.

2. Find a simple pattern and create a custom stuffed animal...

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Don't be self-conscious if it's lopsided; it's cuter that way!

3. ...or get a kid everything they need to build a special fort.

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Think: fairy lights, comfy cushions, and even a star machine that'll bring the night sky into their living room.

4. Know that DIY is your best friend.

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Essential oil room sprays, succulent planters, ring dishes... Get crazy. You can't go wrong. They'll love it because you made it!

5. Gather everything they need to try out a new hobby.

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Remember that one time your friend mentioned they've always wanted to try sculpting? Build them a starter pack that'll make them feel seen.

6. Teach yourself how to knit a hat that'll keep them warm all winter long...

Knit yellow hat covered in snow.
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Round ring looms make it super simple, even if you've never knitted before!

7. ...or buy a plain sweater and add some ugly holiday flare.

Green ugly holiday sweater covered in small ornaments.
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Go to a local craft store to find a bounty of googly eyes, bells, reindeer, and a trusty glue gun.

8. Make a scrapbook filled with mementos and photos.

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Fill it with pics, ticket stubs, and reminders of memories that'll make them let out a belly laugh.

9. Shop from small independent makers.

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Small businesses' shipping time tends to take a bit longer but, hey, planning early means your gifts will get there on time. Plus, who doesn't love something handmade with a story behind it?

10. And spend some time on creative wrapping.

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Add a cinnamon stick to your bow or snip some greenery off your tree.

No matter what, you've got time to make this year the best one yet!

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