In less than two weeks, I will be attending several Christmas parties. My friends tend to expect Steampunk-themed presents. This is easier said than done, but I tend to ‘steam up’ gifts and individualize them.
This involved more than ‘just gluing cogs on it’. I try to construct presents that fit into the real zeitgeist of the Steampunk movement: recycle, remake, reuse. True creativity come from making something that is both functional and beautiful (just like the Victorians did). This take more time and care, but the results are worth it.
So what constitutes a ‘Steampunk’ gift? It should have something of the Steampunk Aesthetic. It should delight the eye by being clever. One of the best homemade gifts I ever saw was a mobile made from Christmas ornaments made over to look like airships and balloons.
So let your imagination take control. Embroider a pair of driving gloves with cogs or velocipedes. Make a cane from an old broom handle and a fancy doorknob. Decorate a hat.