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Family Handyman’s Vintage DIY Holiday Gift Projects

In celebration of Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, here's a look back at our December 1982 issue where we showed scrambling readers how to craft last-minute DIY holiday gifts.

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Vintage DIY Gift Ideas

In the days before two-day shipping, your best bet for finding a last-minute gift around the holidays was probably just to make it yourself. Luckily, Family Handyman was there with detailed plans and step-by-step instructions for making wooden knick-knacks that were sure to delight their lucky recipients.

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Gifts for All Ages

This story included project plans that ranged from simple to complex, from toys to more practical applications. And really, who wouldn’t want a pair of handcrafted candlesticks for Christmas?

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Wooden Toy Train

 “All aboard! You’ll have fun building this project as well as watching children play with it on the floor. You can build it from maple or other suitable hardwood.”

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Wooden Toy Train Materials List

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Redwood Rocking Horse

“This project will rock its way into your child’s heart. TFH’s sturdy rocking horse will provide hours of entertainment for your children and will be around for many more Christmases.”

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Pine Jewelry Boxes

“Gift-giving always seems to include fine jewelry for both men and women at Christmastime. To complement those gracious gifts, build these lovely pine jewelry boxes.”

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Walnut Candlesticks

“TFH’s workshop projects section is rounded off with these beautiful walnut candlesticks. This set will adorn your dining room table or buffet when Christmas dinner is served.”

For more of our amazing vintage Family Handyman content, visit our 70th Anniversary Page.