Well, folks, Christmas is just around the corner, and while I’m a huge fan of the Christmas season, and of celebrating the birth of Jesus, our saviour and pretty much the kindest and most wonderful person to walk the Earth, I do tend to have quite a bit of trouble coming up with gift ideas for other people, because it’s sometimes hard to know exactly what to purchase others within the constraints of your budget. However, I always know what to gift myself and other INFPs, so I thought I’d cultivate a list of creative, handmade gifts you can give to the INFPs in your life for the festive season which will definitely quite delight them. I’ll skip the obvious items, such as books or movies, and try to come up with some more unique ideas, as per INFP style. Here we go!
Wishes in Bottles.
Okay, so at certain craft stores, or online, you can find these small, glass corked bottles or vials, kind of like magical “potion” bottles, and to turn them into a gift, you just fill them up with small trinkets like beads, tiny cake decorations, sequins and glitter, then slip a small, curled-up note inside it for the receiver to write their wish on and then put back inside the bottle if to be “sent” and “granted”. Trust me, INFPs love tiny, adorable things, as well as anything whimsical or fun like this, so it’d make the perfect inexpensive gift.
Make your own Christmas-themed plushies.
All you need is some fabric, of various colours and patterns, depending on your choice, some pretty buttons, needle and thread, and pillow stuffing. Cut out templates of the type of Christmas-themed object you’d like to create, such as a reindeer or a Christmas tree, stitch them together, fill them with pillow stuffing, decorate with buttons and more stitching for things like eyes and tinsel, and you have yourself a sweet, beautiful handmade gift to slip inside stockings for Christmas. To make this even better, you could even cram the empty “plushies” with lavender or other herbs, to make a kind of long-lasting herb plushie!
A Santa Claus’s Good or Bad Wishlist.
Here’s an idea. You could discolour a large piece of paper using coffee (just cover the paper in cover so all of it is stained and bake it in the oven for a little while) so that it looks like a piece of old parchment, and then, using a paintbrush and black paint, or even a black marker, write down a list of children’s names, and “good” or “bad” right next to them. For every good child’s name, next to the word “good” you can stick, using tape (I recommend using special, Christmas-themed tape that you can find at a crafts store or 2-dollar shop for a couple of dollars), a “good” present, like a tiny lolly (or, if you want to get fancy, a sterling silver charm), and next to each bad child’s name, you just stick something you wouldn’t ever want to gift someone, like a small, ordinary rock from the ground outside the house or a tiny bag of sand.
Make your own advent calendar.
Depending on the type of calendar it is, advent calendars can be jolly expensive, so I would recommend making your own! All you have to do is get some fabric, any old fabric, cut it into one big, square piece (that’ll be your calendar), and, for the doors, stitch on squares of fabric, 12 in all, 4 or 3 in a row. Make sure you leave the top of each square of fabric open, because you’ll need to fill the “pockets” with lots of tiny goodies for them to find in the days leading up to Christmas, or, if you want to get real fancy, you can stitch buttons to the fabric squares along the top or right sides and make buttonholes behind them, so you can “close” the squares by pushing the buttons through the buttonholes! Then stitch on the numbers onto each square piece of fabric and fill them up! I recommend putting things in it like a ring, or a pair of earrings, some lollies, chocolates, some fancy beads, figurines, (you could even put in a very small Wishes in Bottles!), pins, tiny candles, and anything else small and inexpensive you can find in the shops for under $10!
Make miniature books.
I know I said I wouldn’t put any books on this list, but these aren’t actual books, they’re tiny, cute books perfect for the holiday season! All you need is some Christmas-themed fabric that’s quite tough, like jeans fabric or felt, and some paper and strong glue. Cut and fold a white piece of paper until you have an accordian-like long piece of paper, which will be your pages, and cut the tough fabric into a rectangular piece that will form the back and front of the book. Then, paste the paper, which will be the “pages” of your book, onto the long, rectangular piece of fabric, making sure you cut everything to size at the end, especially the “covers” of the book. Here’s a tutorial I found on the internet for it, but there are many others as well: Christmas Tutorial . They’re such fun, especially if you write tiny things inside the book, like messages and what not. INFPs will love it!
“Milk and Cookies”.
Okay, so here’s something a little unconventional, but that’s a good thing, because INFPs love interesting and creative gifts! Instead of filling up a glass with milk, fill it up with PVA glue (you have to do this just before giving them the gift, because otherwise the glue will harden!) so that it looks like it’s full of milk, and set it aside. Next, get some brown cardboard and cut it into circles to resemble cookies, and colour, using a brown texta or marker, some dots on them to resemble chocolate chips. Place the “cookies” next to the glass of “milk”. Invite your INFP friend to dip the cardboard cookies into the PVA glue milk, and have on hand a variety of sequins and buttons with which to decorate the “cookies” after which you can punch holes in them, attach them to ribbons, and turn them into Christmas tree decorations!
This idea is quite simple. Using brown or glittery coloured chenille sticks (which are like bendable, fluffy thin sticks of wire), sculpt and bend them into pairs of reindeer antlers. Next, using felt, make round, red reindeer noses. Then, just attach them to whatever you like using tape! You can attach them to the back of chairs, to bedposts, to computer monitors, whatever—and if you deck the entire house in reindeer ears, I’m sure your INFP will find it extremely funny, amusing and beautiful.
Snowman in a jar.
You can create your own edible winter wonderland inside a glass jar, any glass jar, for only a small amount of money. All you’ll need is some milk or dark chocolate, coconut sprinkles, some marshmallows of different sizes, pretzel sticks, icing sugar and some orange gummy worms. First, lay the bottom of the jar with a fine layer of coconut; this’ll be your “snow”. Next, using some melted chocolate, stick a large marshmallow onto the snow at the bottom of the jar. Stick some pretzel sticks to form the “arms” of the snowman on either side of a smaller marshmallow and stick that using melted chocolate on top of the first marshmallow, then draw a face on and cut a carrot-shape out of an orange gummy worm and stick it on the smallest marshmallow, which will form the “head” of the snowman. Sprinkle some icing sugar on top of the completed snowman, then put on the lid, and there you have it, your own edible winter wonderland scene. INFPs will definitely appreciate the creativity of such a gift!
9. A Christmas teddy bear.
Jazz up an ordinary, small and inexpensive teddy bear in Christmas clothes by stitching your own Santa hat, tiny red top, a red scarf, red pants and small, red boots. While this might sound difficult, it actually really isn’t: you just need to sew together two pieces of a shirt, two pieces of a Santa hat, four pieces of both sides of a pair of felt boots, and two sides of a pants together, preferably using red or festive green thread. There are lots of blueprints online for making small clothes for teddy bears, but with just a needle and thread, some red fabric, and some experimentation and creativity, you should be able to make your INFP’s favourite teddy bear a nice little Christmas outfit, and return Mr Brown back to them in the perfect get-up for the holidays (PS: It’s a good idea to throw in something a little extra, like a felt candy cane for the bear to hold or a brown sack filled with tiny presents—let your imagination run wild!).
A Christmas make-over.
No, I’m not talking about buying an INFP a Christmas outfit, a red-and-gold festive manicure and a full face of make-up: I’m talking about taking one of their favourite objects, and giving it a Christmas makeover, like their phone case, their favourite drink bottle, or even a glasses case that they use often. You don’t need to go all out for this: just buy some fancy-looking Christmas stickers from the crafts store at $5-8 dollars a sheet, attach them to the object you have chosen, cover them in clear nail polish so they’ll stay glued onto it for longer and won’t wear out, tie a ribbon around it and add a sprig of mistletoe and you’re good to go!
I hope you enjoyed some of these creative ideas for this Christmas, and that the INFP in your life enjoys them, whoever they are. Also, these ideas, while they were designed for INFPs, with their ingenuity and creativeness, can honestly be used to give gifts to anyone this Christmas. The festive month is just around the corner, and I’ve been decorating my own home, getting gifts ready, setting out candles, sticking Christmas-themed decorations on the fridge, filling glass bowls with red and green candy, changing the theme of my phone to a Christmasy one and downloaded an app so it plays Christmas music whenever I turn on the screen, and, if you can’t tell, I simply can’t wait for grand day to come! Happy gift-making!