I did get one project done before the holidays rolled around. My niece celebrated her 12th birthday, so I created a hand carved stamp with her first initial. I learned about stamp carving while I was studying calligraphy several years ago. It's not terribly hard to do, just take your time and pay careful attention to the details. For letters make sure you do them backwards, so that when they are used the print the right way. I got completely done before I realized my mistake, but it was easily corrected and the second one came out even better.
The other handmade part of her gift was a blank book that I put together. The covers were left over from another project several years ago but they were perfect for this project!