Post # 17
We traditionally did a “goody basket” of baked goods for local friends and family – on top of gifts! This year the traditional stuff will get done: gingerbread, truffles, trail mix, and a few kinds of cookies, but we’ll be going on a much bigger scale. (Since that’s all they’re getting, haha)
You guys, as always, have GREAT ideas. Keep ’em comin…
Post # 18
@lilyfaith – the “recipe” I found online says to store it for 2 months (at least) – so it would be cutting it close if you started now…but I really like HannaT’s idea of putting a tag on it telling people to wait a bit before using it. I had forgotten it took some time…for some reason, I was thinking it was a few weeks, not months. I better get on that! 🙂
Post # 19
Are you and your husband good photographers? Fiance and I have given photographs as Christmas gifts – he has a great eye for photos.
Recipes are fantastic too – what about making your own DIY cookbooks? Put together some of your best recipes and give them to friends and family.
On the subject of baking, you can also make ornaments from baking, like gingerbread men. Cinnamon sticks and dried oranges also can be crafted together to make some lovely ornaments. You can also use inspiration from nature – fallen pine cones, whatever!
Post # 20
I love the tag idea, that’s super cute and doable!
Post # 21
My DIY is terrible so I stick with pretty easy stuff:
Girlfriends, Aunts, SIL’s, etc are getting small jars with scented bath salts. I find cool containers wherever I can for cheap. I buy a huge 6lb bag of Epsom Salt at CVS for like $5.00, mix it with dried lavender or a few drops of some kind of essential oil and fill the jars with it. Sometimes I use a glass etching cream to personalize them, or use a rose design if there’s rose oil in it, etc.
Co-workers get lots of cookies or breads – sometimes in a cheap cookie jar. I usually give my boss a nice bottle of sweet red wine with a nice box of chocolates. I buy the chocolates from the grand central market but I could prolly make them if I knew how. He loved it the 1st time I gave it to him & when I switched it up the next year he said he was looking forward to the wine & chocolate again. Haha!
I was thinking of coffee bundles too — 2 coffee mugs, beans, scones & make those chocolate covered spoon things?
Post # 22
I often do photos for various events because i do a bit of photography. I feel badly doing it too often though because how many photos can a person really use? 🙂 I also make quilts for people… that doesn’t save that much money though really because fabric is kind of expensive!
Post # 23
Homemade candles. I am making candles for my mom they are easy, fun and after you buy the basics cheap! You can make 10-15 medium size candles for the price of one from a store in the mall.
http://www.candlescience.com (cheapest I have found)
You can also buy a kit with pouring pitcher, thermometer, votive molds, wax, color, and scent (mine didn’t smell very much) for $22.00 at craft stores and if you have a 40% coupon awesome!!!
Post # 24
Wow – I’ve just been reading through the recipes on the Skip To My Lou site and am wondering which one I’ll try first…Oreo truffles…yum…
Should not have looked at this while at work and no where near a kitchen!
Post # 25
I am trying to think outside the box with Christmas gifts this year to save money, but I don’t want to do food… hmm… Keep sharing ideas!
Post # 26
@Laylabelle: Do you have a recipe for bark that you can share? I die for Williams-Sonoma chocolate/peppermint bark around the holidays!
Post # 27
Baking can get expensive… at least here it can. 1 stick of butter at my grocery store is a little under $7. Yep, you read that right. $7.
I’m loving the Cowgirl Cookie Mix from Bakerella!
You could totally substitute green and red m&m’s for a Christmas touch 🙂
Post # 28
@RB you could totally do the vanilla extract more feasibly then! Or make your own liqueurs–that’s what I’m doing. Limoncello, chocolate, coffee, peppermint… they’re all online! Or cheat a little bit, use a flavored extract in a bottle of vodka and repackage it as your own. No one will know the difference 🙂
Post # 29
I actually am making Limoncello!! You totally reminded me… it’s sitting in my mom’s basement. I made a batch in late September after reading a post for italian wedding favors on WB! I have to add the syrup & let it rest before Christmas! I don’t know if I’ll end up giving it out though b/c I loooove it. so. much.
I have NO IDEA how to package it. How are you packaging your liqueurs in cinema?
Post # 30
I bought crafty things like suncatchers for my sister (she’s a college student and can’t paint her walls) then painted them. I made my sister a scrapbook…it’s not much, but it’s started. I realized I don’t have many pics of her and I together, or a lot of pics of anything to do with her…so it’s mostly a scrapbook of our family immediate and extended. Dunno if it will be a Christmas gift or if i will save it as a bridesmaid gift. Making blankets for our neice/nephew, haven’t picked anything for Mother-In-Law yet (their family does a drawing so we only have to buy for 2 people.) I have been buying little things here and there all year. not everything is DIY, but everything has been pretty much planned. Good luck on all your ventures! They sound fantastic!!
Post # 31
This might seem conceited, but we’re framing a few of our engagement photos and giving them to close friends and family. I thought it might be a little weird to say “Here’s a picture of me for your wall. Merry Christmas!” but I think people will like them. They wanted copies anyway, right?