(Closed) Homemade/DIY Christmas Gifts

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

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 Future Sister-In-Law and Future Brother-In-Law who run a cat rescue. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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 Mother-In-Law, but those are going to take some time (and drinking!).

I posted some ideas and DIY links on my blog:

http://runninglawyer.blogspot.com/2009/10/gift-guide-diy.html

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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)

photo album

frames

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

ooooh someone posted about diy wine charms that I might try for my fmil.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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.

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