Anyone DIYing Christmas gifts this year?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@tmsing:  If I was creative, capable, and inclined, I certainly would. However, I am none of those things, lol. My nieces and nephews get savings bonds for pretty much everything (as well as a small gift to “open up”) and I haven’t thought about MrPanda99 yet. What a terrible wife I am.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I knit everyone something small, and we make a batch of soap for little gifts for accquaaintences. I really hate DIY on December 26th. Lol. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MammaPants:  Making soap is a really cool idea. Do you have a recipe?

 

We usually do some DIY stuff, but not a ton. I did homemade lipbalm as stocking-stuffers last year and I’ve crocheted things for family. I’m not sure we actually save a ton of money by doing it, because craft stuff is so expensive unless you plan waaaay ahead, but it feels more presonal.

My sister and I have talked about how we both feel like Christmas is stupid at our age, since there aren’t any kids in the family and we’re all old enough to buy the things that we want when we want them, but neither one of us really wants to push that thought with the rest of the family because I think they’d call us grinches. Embarassed

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@bunnymama:  We did a cold soap recipie in our dedicated soap making crock pot. So you have to add in the cost of ruining a crock pot for use on food. Lol. It was basic and allowed you to toss in your desired items. We did honey and oatmeal. I was so sad when we used our last bar. It was amazing. We packaged them in brown paper with handwritten info about them and I knit a little flower and tied each one closed with it. I’m going to see if I can find a picture! Also, the recipe was in a book of soap ideas. I will look when I get home!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I always DIY a fair amount of gifts, but I am a DIY kind of person. Super DIY. To a fault. One year I canned homemade marinara sauce, made three different kinds of chocolate dipped biscotti (some with candied citrus peels that I also made myself), and limoncello. It was hell that started in October. Every household got that, and then close friends and family got more personal gifts. I usually end up knitting a bunch of things. The year after the italian themed food stuffs hell I knitted everyone a hat. EVERYONE. It is awful, but hugely satisfying. Don’t know what I’m going to do this year. I am so busy with school that I think I’m going to keep it pretty traditional, but that is what I say every year!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Depends on the year.

I make stuff for coworkers/neighbors. Not baked goods though because there is always too much of that. Flavored oils, chocolate dipped pretzel rods, spiced pecans etc.

For family it depends.  One year I made MIL and mom a set of ornaments with each family members name on it. I have made scrapbooks, necklace, gravlax.  Although if I make something its not usually the only present, only part of a present.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am a crazy DIYer, but I’m planning to buy most gifts this year, because I’ve worn myself out over the last couple of years.  Last year I knit my dad, BIL and FI hats, and sewed cardigans for my mom, sis and cousin.  The year before that I handknit socks for all of them; I had to start in August to get them all done!

I’m also a soapmaker and typically give some soap as a stocking stuffer, but I fear that my family is sick of soap.  Haha.

I will make some edible things for sure, though.  Love making candy to give away as presents!  Fudge and peanut brittle are my go-tos.

@MammaPants:  You made cold process soap in a crock pot?  I thought people used crock pots for hot process soap; I make CP and always just use a dedicated stock pot.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@DomesticDiva:  I think it was cold. I remember one way sounding like we were going to blow up our house. We did the safe sounding one. Lol. My husband was definitely in charge of that escapade. I am in charge of the knitting. Lol! I got home late last night, but plan to dig out the book and check now that I really can’t remember.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@tmsing:  I’m making candied bacon for people at work 🙂 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MammaPants:  Ohhh so, do you do melt and pour?  Do you use a soap base and then add scents and colors and what not?

I do the house-blowing-up kind of soapmaking, with lye, which is cold process soaping.  Well, it’s more like wear-a-mask-to-guard-against-lye-fumes and gotta-wear-goggles-or-you-could-blind-yourself, but it is a little hardcore.  Oh, and gloves.  Lye burns ain’t no joke!

@Baileyjosephine: OMG yum.  Recipe?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@DomesticDiva:  I had to text my husband. It was hot. He mentioned not wanting a lye burn on the face. We did oatmeal and honey, and now that I think about it, there may have been milk. We left it its natural brown and it was awesome! Everyone commented on how soft their skin was. We made tiny bars in a silicone mold which I imagine was for mini loaves of baked goods. It was great for gifts, but this year I’m making a brick sized bar for myself. Lol. 

 

I can’t believe how many knitters are on the Bee! I am totally making a post to see what everyone is working on!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Last year I made pies in a jar. I did a “suite” of peach cobbler, apple pie, and a pecan pie for everyone and decorated them with pretty Christmas cloth and gift tags and had cute little gift bags with tissue paper! They were a huge hit, I found easy recipes (I’m not really a cook or a baker) and they were yum! I won’t lie and say it was easy, but I was super proud of myself lol

 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yep, same as every year.

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