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Handmade holiday gifts are almost always more meaningful, and the best part is that you can tailor your gifts perfectly to the recipient. Rebecca from Simple as That created a special Christmas gift for her two girls by turning this plain bookcase into a dollhouse.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

Rebecca notes:

We took an ordinary bookshelf and converted it into a dollhouse which can just as easily be used as a bookshelf for an older child. To convert the bookshelf into a dollhouse wasn't too complicated and the entire project took us about a week with all the painting. It was a fun project to work on together and there's nothing quite as satisfying as giving handmade gifts! I just can't wait to see the looks on our girls faces when they open their dollhouse Christmas morning!

A dollhouse and a bookshelf: we love multi-use pieces!

Thanks Rebecca! Readers, see how they did it on Rebecca's blog, Simple as That.

(Images: Rebecca Cooper, Simple as That)