"It's important to teach kids and families that they don't have to buy `new' for the holidays to give something special," says Heather Grance, manager of public programs at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. "They can reuse and renew materials to make fun, one-of-a-kind gifts that recipients will love."
For those who don't have the time or inclination to make their own gifts, buying handmade items from local artisans is another thoughtful option. With a little time and creativity, families can find gifts that are both economical and sentimental. Here are a few local resources for families looking for handmade gifts this holiday season.