VESTAL (WBNG) -- Instead of buying a gift, you can get into the holiday spirit by making one yourself. On Wednesday, a local Michaels Arts and Crafts employee said do-it-yourself crafts are personalized gifts that come from the heart.
Employee Amanda Miller said gift giving should be about the love behind the present and doesn't have to break the bank.
"It wasn't something they picked up off the shelf," Miller said. "They sat there, put thought behind it, then built you this beautiful creative gift that you can just keep forever."
She said there are many gift ideas, from gingerbread houses to canvas paintings to designing your own ornaments. Michaels offers classes for all ages to make holiday gifts, such as a snowman shirt.
The first step is to pick out a design and heat up an iron. She says to cut out your shapes from iron-on heat transfer vinyl. Then, lay out the design and place a thin sheet beneath the shirt and iron to avoid burning the shirt. Finally, peel off the plastic from the vinyl and your shirt is complete.
Miller said crafts like this make the perfect holiday gift.
"You give that to a person and it's something that they're going to put up on a display for everybody else to see," she said.
It's more than just a holiday shirt or ornament.
"It's not just the ornament itself, but also the memory of that ornament," Miller said.
Miller said children can put their own taste into the gift and make it their own way. She also said homemade crafts will make anyone smile and they are for all ages.
"They pull it out, put it on their tree, they see it and they think to themselves 'wow my kid made that for me' or 'my grandson made that for me' and it just really is touching. It's something that will forever just keep that memory alive," Miller said.
On Michaels' website, you can find the directions to all of the holiday crafts they make in their classes so you can do them in your own home. Their classes vary each month, but they have events most Saturdays from 11a.m.-12p.m.