Post # 1
With FI still out of a job and the holidays fast approaching, we’ve decided that ALL of the holiday gifts leaving our house will be DIY/Homemade. We’re making lots of yummy kitchen stuff and I might possibly be trying to sew (a straight line is about the top of my skill list) We get tons of inspiration from various blogs. One of my favorites is Skip to My Lou.
Just wanted other ideas from the hive – things to make and do. So far on the list are:
- Fleece blankets, pillows, scarves, and wraps.
- homemade “Magic Shell” Sauce with ice cream dishes and toppings
- homemade canned apples, peaches, etc.
- Grandma’s cookies and suga (red spaghetti sauce)
- Various paper crafts (notepads, notecards, etc.) printed on our gocco.
- decorated flip flops and t-shirts
Any great ideas? What are you doing to save money on your holiday gifts in this economy?
What say you, Hive?
Post # 3
I’ve been trying to think of things to do as well!
Two years ago I made hot cocoa powder mix and put it in mugs that I bought in bulk. The only problem was transporting them. If I did it again, I’d put it in a Ball jar that had a secure top. Obviously you can do this with cookie mix, etc. We did it with pet treat mix for FSIL and FBIL who run a cat rescue.
Post # 4
Photo scrapbooks; scrapbooks with memories, phrases, history of year the person was born; journals, get inexpensive notebooks and decorate the front of the books w/ any kind of paper/design you like, and personalize the cover; paint mini flower pots and provide them a packet of seeds
Post # 5
I’m making our own gifts too!! I’m already making some scrapbooks, sachets and muffin mixes. I also want to make a wine cork wreath for my SIL and a quilt for the MIL, but those are going to take some time (and drinking!).
I posted some ideas and DIY links on my blog:
Post # 6
We are trying to do this a bit too!
Fiance is an artsy man so he is planning on doing a piece for his mamma and papa, as well as something for our new little nephew. I sort of ruined the suprise, but I offered to take some family photos for my mom, stepdad, and youngest brother since they have none of the three of them on display.
We are on a very tight budget, but there are things we will get in stores, but you could easily make:
Christmas ornaments (for my 4yo bro and our nephew)
Post # 7
My fmil does soup mixes in ball jars and bakes a whole bunch of bread for everyone. One of fiance’s aunts makes homemade egg noddles for people.
Post # 8
ooooh someone posted about diy wine charms that I might try for my fmil.
Post # 9
i LOVE all of your DIY xmas gift ideas, and will def be using for my and FI’s families this Christmas…
last year, i also printed out family pictures on my computer and bought cute stackable frames from wal-mart for $2 each and gave them to my aunts and uncles with a handwritten card. they LOVED it 🙂
Post # 10
I always daydream about making wonderful holiday gifts from my own kitchen. I would love to do lots of edible things … truffles, nut/toffee bark, cookies and cakes and pies and yummy stuff. I have yet to do this though!
Post # 11
Like MHR, I also make edible stuff – bark, truffles, etc. I also make the DIY magnets Miss Lamb (I think it was…) posted about recently. They’re super easy to make and I just cut the pics out of old magazines that are laying around.
Post # 12
I have been thinking about making vanilla extract – I guess I better get on that in time for Christmas giving!
I am going to make homemade tamales for the fam this year. I envy those who make homemade candies – my cooking abilities don’t sem to translate to desserts and baked goods!!
Also making stained glass picture frames for all the parents, and framing one of our engagement photos. May also make them a scrapbook of sorts with our engagement photos.
Post # 13
@gabrielle – doesn’t the vanilla take forever? I really would have loved to do that for a few people, but I thought it took 6 months or so?
Post # 14
@Mshymanroth I agree! I like to bake and think it would be great to make some holiday treats 🙂
I think I will make some cookies in a jar with pretty bows and baking instructions 🙂 And maybe a nice fleece tied blanket for my future hubby…I just don’t know what design he’d like?! hmmmm
I also want to bake Christmas cookies for my associates like I did last year but that isn’t really a gift! hehe
Post # 15
Food sounds like a really awesome gift!!! I’d love to do peanut brittle perhaps for everyone in little tins? Or in the little baggies that I make.. That would be a nice unexpected gift.. or some other edible type of gift.
Post # 16
Like gabrielleelise1981, I’m making vanilla extract. I started mine about a month ago–from what I’ve heard it’s about 3 months so I think I should be good to go for Christmas.
But if you still haven’t started your vanilla–you can always stick an actual bean in the bottles you give–and put a cute tag that says something like “Best Used After 2/14/09” or whatever.
I’m also making vanilla bean pound cake to give with the vanilla extract.