Homemade Christmas Gifts



I believe a homemade gift is a great way to let someone know you put time and thought and love into them personally. Anyone can make homemade gifts. It can be something as simple as a few items bought and put into a pretty decorated container or more complex such as sewing, crocheting or knitting a special item for them. Gifts from the kitchen are always appreciated and often a very frugal option.

If you are short on ideas this year perhaps some of the following gifts will help spark your own creativity.


I thought this idea was very cleaver, cute and most of all useful: Make a tote bag from a sweater

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/craftsgifts/ss/Sweater_Bag.htm
 
Homemade Bookmarks and a Book: You can make bookmarks on your computer using a program such as Word or Works. Set the paper to “landscape” and use text boxes or tables to make them the size you want. Add graphics or after printing them out decorate them yourself. Take them to a printing place such as Kinko’s and have them laminated and then cut them out.

Picture collage of your family

Personalized Calendars: I did this one year for different members of my family. I asked for pictures from other family members and had a different picture for each month of the year. I gave these to grandparents, aunts and uncles.


Sachets: Lavender are the most common but a sachet can be filled with any type of potpourri. You can find basic directions for making a lavender sachet here:
http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/lavendersachets.htm 

Refrigerator Magnets
~seashells with wiggly eyes
~photo magnets: heavy card stock or cardboard with a photo of your children or family, magnet strip on the back. Or you can purchase the ready made photo magnet holders. Or make a small padded frame.

Christmas Ornaments

Desk Set: decorate the outside of a can for a pencil holder and make personalized paper and envelopes on your computer.

Fleece Quilt

http://www.exploringwomanhood.com/homelife/ideas/pom-jan03.htm 

If you crochet or knit there are hundreds of free patterns on the internet for everything from wash cloths (very simple to knit or crochet and would go perfect in a gift basket of goodies from your kitchen), to scarves, ponchos, shawls and afghans.

Gifts of Writing
They can be your own, your children’s or someone else’s writings. Some ideas for this are:
A favorite poem: (written by you or just one you enjoy) Print it on pretty paper with a pretty font and frame it.

Recipe Collections: Compile recipes and print them out, take them to a printers such as Kinko’s to be bound. Some options for these homemade cookbooks are:
Family Favorites: ask aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents for their favorite recipes.
Your Own Collection: They could be your own favorite recipes. You could compile a collection of a certain type of recipe such as cookie recipes and maybe add a cookie mix or a batch of fresh cookies to go along with the book. You could do the same with bread recipes or your favorite crockpot recipes and a bean soup mix that could be made in the crock pot.

An album of family photos sprinkled writing, poems and cute sayings. Decorate the front of the album in any way you choose.


Bath Products
These can be put in pretty containers or bags.


Bath Teas http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/bathtearecipes.htm 
Salt Scrub http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/saltscrubrecipe.htm 
Bath Salts http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/easybathsalts.htm 
Lip Balm http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/lipbalmrecipe.htm 

Gifts from the Kitchen
Food gifts are always a great hit. They can be a cookie platter, drink mixes, cookie mixes, bean soup mixes. One of my favorites is strawberry honey and a loaf of bread. Or make some grape jelly to go with the bread. Easy to do and tastes so good!

My favorite cookie recipes can be found on this page:
http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/dessertrecipes.htm

Cocoa Mix: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/hotcocoamix.htm
Chai Tea Mix: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/chaiteamix.htm
Russian Tea Mix: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/russiantea.htm
Chili Bean Soup Mix: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/chilibeansoupmix.htm 

Homemade Bread: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/deliciouswwbread.htm 
Strawberry Honey: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/strawberryhoney.htm 
Grape Jelly: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/grapejelly.htm
 

Ultimately the real value in a homemade gift is the love, thought and time that was put into it. Your family member or friend will feel loved and thought of.

I hope you all have a blessed Christmas Season!

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