(Closed) Home-made Christmas gift ideas… anyone?

posted 5 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@ohowiloveyou:  I’m really into those layered recipes in mason jars right now. I also found this awesome recipe for sponge toffee that I’m making for my mom. I’m also going to give her a bit of sourdough starter that I just started and she expressed interest in. There’s also this cool pocket watch/accordion photo album for guys.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

DHs sister gives us a goodie box every year, that is the one gift I really look forward too. She makes a small variety of cookies, covered pretzels and buckie balls. OMG so yummy. Snacking on some now. Seriously the best gift of the whole season.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I made canberry lime infused vodka for everyone.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I think the mason jars sound like a great idea. Also you could probably make some infused olive oils, or food mixes, like a risotto kit, paella kit, etc. and maybe throw in a CD from a second-hand music shop with italian/spanish music to create a whole themed present. =)

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

my aunt makes jam and everybody is always begging for it! we even made some for my bridal shower favors. it’s not too difficult, just takes time.

we’ve given out reindeer poop and snowman poop before, lol. everyone always gets a kick out of that. there are different recipes and such online, but for the reindeer poop we just use raisinettes (but milk duds or any chocolate bits of candy could work) and for the snowman poop we use mini marshmallows. we put them in little bags, but you can put them in jars too. for the labels you can find little poems and stuff online, but ours just say “genuine snowman (or reindeer) poop. for the person who doesn’t even deserve a lump of coal.” haha

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Buy a cheap wreath form or wreath at the dollar store or thrift shop.If you buy a wreath strip off all the decor- you just need a form,

Buy a feather boa at the dollar store. Wrap the wreath form with the boa.

Buy a length of satin ribbon at the dollar store. If you are not good at making bows, buy wired ribbon. Make a nice bow and place it at the bottom of the wreath.

Buy a candle. Glue on cinnamon sticks.

DIY christmas candles. You can glue on cinnamon sticks, candy cane sticks in various scents ... almost anything that will give off that holiday smell <3 I want to make some to put everywhere ! #lulusholiday

 Buy an inexpensive frame and some stick on numbers. Use the important dates in their life.

saying on the bottom makes this piece. I will do this!

 Ideas for the men:

101 Handmade Gifts for Men {DIY}

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Something that I think is nice is to find an old photograph and frame it for them.  Old wedding photos, photos of grandparents, photos of kids, etc.  Something else is to buy some nice stationary and write each of them a letter.  You could also take jars and print out quotes from books, movies, funny things you all have said or funny memories you have from growing up, etc.  You cut the quotes/memories, into individual pieces, roll each up, and tie each with a small ribbon.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Herb infused sugar or salt. Wash and thoroughly dry herbs, then layer with sea salt (coarse ground works best) or sugar.  Or add olive oil and make a body scrub.

 

Fleece scarves. Buy a length of fleece, cut into 8-10″ wide strips, then fringe the ends.

 

Christmas in a jar. Combine dried orange peels, cinnamon, rosemary, and cloves in a mason jar. Include instructions to pour the mix into a pot and let simmer. Makes the house smell wonderful.

 

Cinnamon ornaments. Mix applesauce and cinnamon until it makes a thick dough (add a little flour if needed). Cut with cookie cutters, then let dry (or bake at a low temp & check them when needed.) Flip so they stay even & don’t burn.

 

Mix 1 part cornstarch & 2 parts baking soda, add water into a clay consistency, then bake at about 175 for an hour or so, turning halfway through.

 

Buy some frames at the thrift store, paint the glass with chalk paint. Add a box of chalk to finish it off.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My best friend is redecorating right now and has been admiring one of my mom’s walls in her living room — it’s got all kinds of fun stuff on it (picture frames, tags, pictures, doilies, very kitschy) and my friend doesn’t consider herself “creative enough” to pull it off. So I’m making her a personalized version for her room.

I got 4 frames, 3 of which are frameless, painted them, and have found some really cool things to put inside them. I think homemade gifts/crafts can be awesome gifts. I’ve spent maybe $8.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I like making fleece tie blankets. You can look for clearance/cheap fabric to make these. They can be pricey if you don’t get them on sale, with a coupon, or you make a giant blanket (my family tends to make the really big ones… but hey we love them)

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Fleece-Tie-Blanket

you can also use the same concept to make scarves, pillows, hats. 

OR since it’s family how about printing off some pics and putting them in hanmade or cheap frames. OR making a scrapbook page?

this site also has some cool ideas

http://www.the36thavenue.com/2011/11/25-handmade-gifts-under-5.html

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Colonial Country Club, Ft. Myers, FL

I’m making hinge-lid jars of my grandmother’s marinara for FI’s family. I gave them some once before and they raved about it. I made pretty tags with my Cricut.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I found out at the last minute that all 10 of my coworkers were getting gifts for each other for the holidays. I’m in a tight financial situation, so I had to get a little creative. Cost about $15 total (I used microwave popcorn).

I think anything in a mason jar is instantly more special and adorable. So I made cookies and cream popcorn and put it in mason jars. For my gluten free coworker, I made the same recipe, but used cinnamon instead of oreos. Both recipes were scrumptious!

Here’s a link to the recipe if you’re interested:

http://www.ericasweettooth.com/2012/05/cookies-and-cream-popcorn.html

My boss even told me I should sell it! haha so it comes highly recommended. =)

And a picture, of course–sorry for the low quality!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Colonial Country Club, Ft. Myers, FL

@Ms_Pinoy:  Now THAT is neat!!! I think I’ll make some of that!!!!!

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