Morning, festive types, and welcome to The Great Christmas Shopping Expedition For Anyone (Like Me) Who's Left Things To The Last Minute And Is Now Being Scuppered By The Snow And Crowds And Postal Chaos, otherwise known as buying presents without having to leave the house and/or worry about delivery options.
I've tried to include a mixture of ideas for a range of different recipients, but - assuming you have some basic skills and supplies in your creative arsenal - there will hopefully be at least something here that might solve a last-minute gift dilemma or two.
So, eyes down, elbows out, credit-card flexed, aaaand . . . shop!
I love MIBO's adorable downloads almost as much as their retro homewares. They now have a special studio site devoted entirely to print-at-home products, including a beautiful 2011 calendar and a whole range of cute paper animals including Forest Friends (above) and Christmas Creatures.
Blue Tricycle's nature design is especially lovely . . .
. . . as is this one from empapers.
I was really excited to spot these notecards from one of my favourite Etsy artists, ashleyg. Print out a little bundle and tie together with ribbon for a really sweet gift, or try printing a single one and slotting it into a simple frame.
. . . or for something a little bit different, I love the idea of turning a framed print into a dry-erase memo board. The Love Letter below is from Sim and Charlie Designs, who also offer a fun menu option - Cook, Eat, Repeat.
For boys (or grown-ups with a bare spot on their desk and a little dino love in their hearts), how about a cut-and-fold Kirigami T-rex?
Or for something similar - only a little more domestic and a little less prehistoric - this paper doll house is a sweet steal, at just $4 (£2.64).
It's well worth searching for downloadable embroidery patterns on Etsy, if you've never tried it before. There are all sorts to choose from, including plenty that are simple enough for beginners to tackle. I've just ordered this cute pair of thermos flasks from Campfire Chic, and am thinking I'll stitch it onto some vintage bedsheet fabric for a super-kitsch retro camper look.
Other stitchy options I love include this fabric storage bin pattern,
a pretty and oh-so useful book bag from Lilly Blossom,
these gorgeous fabric Mary-Janes (seriously - how amazing would it be to give someone a pair of handmade shoes for Christmas?)
and a pack of adorable Scottie dogs, which you can make from repurposed sweaters.
Felt sushi (from July Hobby) is ridiculously cute . . .
. . . and if you're a speedy hooker, there might just be time to make a crocheted baker-boy cap (complete with zipper flower), too.
If you are still looking for one or two last-minute gifts, I hope there might have been something here to inspire you, and if you're all finished, wrapped and calm (how?), then maybe you could start thinking about next year.
And yes. That was a joke.
PS. Once you're done downloading, printing and making, don't forget to help yourself to some of the free gift tags below.