LAMPASAS — With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to shore up those Christmas lists matching the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones.

But sometimes, the stress of deciding what to buy can overshadow the sentiment of gift-giving, so how about making your presents instead?

The Lampasas AgriLife Extension Service is offering a homemade holiday gifts program from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lampasas Community/Senior Center, 901 S. Live Oak Street.

“This program is the third in a series of educational workshops,” said AgriLife Extension Service Agent Karen deZarn. “We meet the third Thursday of every month with a different topic, and this one focuses on crafts and is the first time it’s being offered.”

For the budget-minded consumer to the detail-oriented crafter, homemade gifts can be fun, thoughtful and affordable ways to personalize presents.

“It’s really a lot of fun, and these are easy crafts to learn for the holidays, or any gift-giving occasion,” deZarn said.

“People are always trying to come up with ideas, so we encourage participants to come to the workshop to share and exchange ideas,”

There is no cost to participate, although donations are accepted to help offset the cost of materials and demonstrations.

The program is open to everyone, and participants will receive a sample of the crafts, handouts and online resources to match their skill and interest levels.

The program will be presented by Kay Shelton and Joyce Lucas, who said some of the gift demonstrations include making dry recipe ingredients, basic bath salts and bath sachet holiday cards.

They plan to show how each item can be decorated for attractive and unique presentations.

“The gifts are really very pretty, and these are gifts that are not really expensive,” Shelton said.

“This is an information-based program with unlimited recipes and instructions on how to prepare each gift, and we’ll also have light snacks and plenty of reading material.”

Preregistration is not necessary. For more information, call deZarn at the AgriLife Extension Office at 512-556-8271 or email her at

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