I'm used to making Donald's family something for Christmas, and I've done it for the past two years. I find it much easier to think of something they would like crafty-wise, rather than trying to buy something for them.
This year I decided to knit Donald's mum a cowl. I had this finger knitting kit that I bought in the Hobbycraft sale before I knew how to normal knit, and it's just sat in my wool stash for ages. The pattern I wanted to make from the kit was a cowl anyway, so I decided to just normal knit a cowl so that I could use the lovely green wool inside.
I found this pattern on Raverly and decided to use it, but obvisouly I had to use the wool I had/the needles that went with that wool. That meant that when it came to the decrease part, it made it too tight, so in the end I basically made up the pattern myself. I used the "cast on 60 stitches" from the pattern, but then just knitted till I ran out of wool. I edged it with the last of some chunky white yarn I had. I love knitting on circular needles, it's super easy!
Finally, for Donald's sisters, I decided to cross stitch them a little family portrait. I found this cool tutorial on Martha Stewart's website to help you come up with the patterns, and I draw them out on square paper.
I decided to cut the stitching out and then put a fabric background in the frame to make them a little less plain. I also used my trusty text tool to mark out the words.
The photos in the frame are a bit rubbish because they were so shiney and it was hard to get the lighting right. I think they turned out super cute though, and it's nice to make something so personal for a present.