If you think the summer flew by fast, then think of how soon Christmas will be here. School starts, then it's Halloween, then Thanksgiving and -BANG! - it's Christmas Day! So, if you're getting ready for Christmas now, you're going to be glad later that you planned early. Are you wanting to make your Christmas gifts by hand? If so, think about creating handmade necklaces. There not only a cinch to make, but they're affordable, too. In addition, each person on your Christmas list will be touched that his or her gift was created especially with him or her in mind. Start by making a list of everyone who will receive a necklace so that you won't leave anybody out.

Handmade Necklaces For The Gals - Think of the personality of each of the gals on your list and match that personality to the handmade necklace you design.

  • For the sophisticated ladies on your list, think of using brilliant rhinestones and alternating them with gold-ton or silver-tone charms.
  • For the sporty gals, consider using chunky plastic beads that can be worn with things like jeans and other casual attire.
  • For the little girls, look for character charms. For example, think about buying plastic charms of their favorite movie characters and use colored ribbons to tie the necklace together.
  • If you want to make the gift a larger one, think of making earrings and a bracelet to go with the necklaces you make by hand.

Handmade Necklaces For The Guys - Go with leather!

  • Keep the necklaces that you're creating for the men on your list simple. 
  • Consider using plain leather and making knots in strategic places that will add a bit of drama to the design.
  • Another idea for the guys is to cut out strips of denim and put a small wooden bead at each end of the necklace.
  • If you have the patience, another great design for guys is to buy tiny wooden beads of different colors and string them on the leather, leaving space for the leather to show.

When you finish making each piece of jewelry, think of wrapping it early, too. Be sure to put a card in the gift bag or in the gift box telling the recipient that the pieces were made by you. If special care is required for the jewelry, include that information in your note, too. And, be sure to tag the gifts so you won't forget who the recipient is. For more information, contact companies like Tamara Michelle Jewelry.