Post # 1
We are DIYing most of our Christmas gifts this year. Our family doesn’t need anything (theyre actually all trting to declutter), I hate the consumerism surrounding the holidays, & we’re on a budget, so it makes the most sense for us this year. Anyone else whose DIYing gifts care to share what you’re making & for whom?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Last year I made candy cane vodka — just broke up 4 candy canes in a mason jar with vodka, let sit until the candy canes dissolve (couple days or longer) and voila! Homemade Rumplemintz!
This year I’m not sure though, I’ll think of something (or find something on Pinterest!)~
Post # 4
fun! That was actually our plan for one family member! Glad to hear it turned out! Any fun recipes that can be made with the finished product?
Post # 5
We usually just take a family photo and use those as gifts.. is that bad?? We only buy gifts for the kids, so it doesn’t end up being too much.
I made a tutu for a friend’s daughter and she loved it! I decorated it with beads that spelt her name. I might make those for my nieces.
Post # 6
I am making scrapbook paper covered tile coasters for all the ladies in our families. And baked goods for the men folk.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@les105: Last year I was super broke and needed to DIY gifts. I’m not very crafty, but I made AWESOME photo coasters. Basically you buy a bunch of 4″ or 6″ white tiles from a hardware store, get some photos made into prints, trim the photos to fit over most of the tile so there’s just a little white border around the edge, and use a few coats of Mod Podge to stick the photo on and then seal over it. You also want to glue some felt to the bottom of the tile so they don’t scratch whatever surface they’re supposed to be protecting.
You can make a set of 6 coasters with different awesome family or landscape photos, and tie them up with a ribbon. They were cheap, easy, and a huge hit.
Post # 8
I’m thinking about making this vanilla chai tea mix:
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
@les105: sorry, no follow-up recipes! I bet it would be good mixed in with hot chocolate or in a white russian though!
Post # 10
I am making a candy pot for my Husband’s grandma who loves sweet treats, but really doesnt need anything:
I have also made the paper tiles as coasters (super easy and inexpensive), but not sure if I have anyone to give them to.
I am also buying frames, so when we get our professional pictures back we can give the parents a picture or two.
Post # 11
I made a bunch of homemade vanilla extract, pretty much everyone (adult) will be getting some with their gifts from me this year.
It is really simple, splice a vanilla bean, put it in a jar, add vodka, shake every so often and within 2 months you have amazing vanilla extract!
I might be making a homemade coffee liquor too (Kahlua).
Post # 12
Thanks, ladies! Good ideas!
Post # 13
I always make some candies for Christmas. ALWAYS make my dearly departed Aunt Diana’s family famous Kahula fudge (OMG SO GOOD), usually make some sort of brittle (my dad loves it) – peanut or pecan, I’ve also made peppermint bark, and chocolate dipped pretzel rods.
I’ve tried making caramels in the past, but mine always get overcooked…and after stirring for 2 to 3 hours it enrages me, so I’ve given up. You’d think I would think to try a different recipe, but I haven’t. This year, I think I’m going to try this Salted Caramel Chocolate Shortbread Bar recipe I found on Pinterest.
Last year, I also knit socks for my whole family, but that took half of the year for me to do! This year I’m planning on knitting hats for the guys (dad, bro-in-law, SO) and making this cardigan for the ladies (mom, sis, cousin) because I love the one I made for me so much.
@Gemstone: I’ve made a version of this before for gifts! Though, mine included dried milk so you only had to add water. I didn’t hear if anyone I gave it to really liked it, but I thought it was good. LOL
@nerd2215: I’ve been meaning to try making vanilla extract for a long time, since it’s so simple! I’ve never tried making Kahula, but I have made homemade irish cream liqueur…YUMMY!
Post # 14
@Gemstone: Do you have a recipe for that? I’m in love with that idea!
Post # 15
@DomesticDiva: Yeah this one has milk powder in it so you can use water if you want!
@crystalrae: Aw yay! If you click the link under the photo I posted — the hyperlinked (Source) — the recipe is there!