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Posted on: December 6, 2018

Makerspaces *Make* the Best Gifts

Creative Christmas Gifts

Christmas is the season of giving. It’s a time to give back and shower the people you love with gifts. Some people are early birds and did their Christmas shopping early, but a larger portion of people are guilty of waiting to the last minute. You can show the people in your life how much they mean to you without breaking the bank. The library has makerspaces where you can make gifts using your own creative ideas.

Here are just a few ideas of gifts you can make at the South Irving Library MiY Zone.

Buttons! Make buttons for your family and friends with the button maker, you provide the designs! Button making continues to grow in popularity as teens and young adults enjoy covering any and all surfaces with their favorite buttons. There are many button templates online and you can design buttons for your friend’s favorite fandoms or quotes from their favorite books, movies and TV shows. Draw your designs by hand with colored pencils, chalk or sharpies or use Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop to create a digital design.

3D printed trinkets! With 3D printing, a digital design file, created in two dimensions on the screen, can be rendered as a 3-dimensional real-world object. Find public domain designs on several websites, such as thingiverse.com or create your own by learning to design with CAD. Take a free online CAD course with Lynda.com, it’s free with your Irving Library Card. Create a 3D thumb book holder for the reader in your life. We found some designed to look like cat ears or a paw print or even Batman. Make fun and festive cookie cutters for the person who loves to bake. There are so many 3D printed possibilities to create the perfect gifts, jewelry, toothpaste squeezer, coffee and hot chocolate templates, those are just a few ideas to get your creativity rolling.

Videos. It’s time to finally use those thousands of pictures and video clips you have saved on your phone and computer. You’ve probably posted a select few on social media, but chances are it’s not even close to your entire collection. Why not create a video montage of your favorite memories with your loved ones for a unique and thoughtful gift. Layer it with the perfect song and they might even shed a tear or two. There are several sites such as Purple-Planet or Incompetech that offer royalty-free music for projects, remember to credit the artist or website. The desktops in the makerspace include Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps, such as Premiere Pro and Audition for your video and audio editing needs.

The MiY Zone is designed for tweens, teens and young adults but is open to all ages. Interested individuals will need to visit the South Irving Library with a valid library card in good standing, sign the usage agreement, and attend an orientation. There are so many possibilities so jump in and get started! For more information, call (972) 721-2606.

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