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Holiday Gift Giving, Part 1

‘Tis the season for giving! So for the next few posts, I’ll be bringing you some of my favorite holiday gift ideas. I wait all year for the holiday season, but it’s really just because I love giving people presents. I think that old sentiment “It’s the thought that counts” speaks volumes, and in that spirit I’m a big believer in giving in homemade gifts. Not only are homemade gifts more economical, the thought and work put into them are, at the cost of sounding hopelessly corny, truly priceless.

So as not to leave cats out of the fun, try making the most awesome cat toy ever. I promise, you’ll be the cat’s meow. And if you know someone with bunnies, just save your old toilet paper tubes and stuff them with alfalfa or timothy hay, as bunnies can never get enough toilet paper tubes or hay.

That’s it for the animals in your life, but check back?soon there will be lots more ideas to come for handmade gifts for humans. Please share your ideas for homemade animal-friendly gifts with us!

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  • Samantha says:

    This Syuff is So CUTE!
    I Would like to put it in my Mini Poodle, Pookie’s, Stocking! 🙂

  • Diana J Decker says:

    This is a knitting pattern for beginners & will make a ball approx. 2″ in diameter. You may change colors for stripes if you prefer. Needles are size 5, I use yarn for size 7 needles as it provides a tighter knitted fabric.

    Cast on 4 st.
    1 – K into front & back of each st. to make 8 st.
    2 – Knit
    3 – K into front & back of each st. to make 16 st.
    4 – Knit
    5 – K into front & back of each st. to make 32 st.
    6 through 17 – Knit
    18 – K 2 st. tog. across entire row to get 16 st.
    19 – Knit
    20 – K 2 st. tog. across entire row to get 8 st.
    21 – Knit
    22 – K 2 st. tog. across entire row to get 4 st.
    Cut yarn, leaving at least 8 inch tail, thread through large, blunt needle. Sew through remaining st. & tie off. Sew edges tog. to join sides. Stop 1/2″ from end. Pack ball tightly with catnip of choice, finish sewing seam to end & tie off. Pull remaining thread through center of ball & cut, leaving tail inside the ball. Original pattern is on Lion Brand web-site.