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Creative Bug for the Holidays: Gift Giving

When celebrating the holidays, nothing brightens and warms the heart more than giving the perfect gift, especially if it is homemade.

The Niles-Maine District Library has an online resource called Creative Bug, which includes more than 1,000 arts and crafts video tutorials taught by recognized design experts and artists. Creative Bug also gives you a list of what materials are needed for each project.

Explore all the videos Creative Bug has to offer to make gifts to your loved ones, friends, co-workers, postman, neighbors, and pets, a gift they will remember and use for years to come.

  • Knitted Mug Cozy
    Keep you mug of hot chocolate or tea warm during the winter months with an adorable knitted cozy. Even better, gift this to someone and pair it with a special mug!
  • Handmade Soap
    This amazing smelling gift will satisfy everyone on your holiday list! Learn how to safely mix soap, add color and scent, and finish with stamps and gift wrap.
  • Gemstone Favor Boxes
    These 3D paper gemstone boxes can hold little gifts, serve as a place card, or just brighten up your holiday season. The gemstones are easy to personalize to give a unique touch to your gift.
  • Rectangular Paper Boxes
    Learn how to create adorable paper boxes using decorative paper! The perfect finish to gifting cookies or small trinkets.
  • Stamped Ceramics
    Using rubber stamps, create a design on your ceramic surface that’s strikingly gorgeous and has the charm of a handmade print.
  • Gift Wrapping Techniques
    Who wouldn’t want to wrap gifts like a pro? Learn how to finish the corners on all your wrapped gifts, as well as master the tricks for attaching gift toppers, belly bands, tags, and how to tie the perfect bow!


What are you waiting for? Log on to Creative Bug now and create your free profile. Simply go to, click on the RESEARCH tab and select the letter C from the menu, and scroll down to Creative Bug.

Happy crafting!

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