Post # 1
Hi, Just wondering if you’re doing (or have done) anything creative for Christmas gifts this year for family and friends. I’m asking because the wedding has eaten my usual Christmas fund and we just don’t have the money for spending $30-$50 on each person like we usually do. We have large families and have to spend money on traveling home for the holidays on top of everything else.
I was thinking about doing something cute this year with food – I saw this idea in my cookbook… taking a glass jar and layering all the ingredients you need to make brownies inside. The layers looked really cute. And you can tie a festive ribbon and note to each one. Obviously, you can’t include the liquids (eggs/oil), but I thought about using this as an idea for friends this year. I also make yummy peanut butter fudge and spiced pecans… so I was also thinking about “gifting” those as well.
I know it’s the thought that counts… and our families/friends will appreciate anything we do. Just wanted to find something creative that isn’t just bought outright from a store.
Would love to hear what ideas you have!
Post # 3
i am normally a huge gift giver but this year i just dont have it in my budget nor do i have the time or energy to get creative. i dont have too many people to buy for (mom, dad, 2 sister, 2 brother and a nephew) and the Fiance but we decided to not exchange this year since the wedding is a month and a half after christmas. but for the family im just doing gift cards $20 bucks each. and probably a little toy for my nephew, he is only 7 months. not very intimate or thougthful but hey its something, and who doesnt like giftcards?
Post # 4
I think baked goods are always a great gift, i made fudge and chocolate covered pretzels and other fun treats for FI’s family last year. it didnt last long but they loved it.
Post # 5
Last year my sister and I bought wooden letters from Michael’s and painted a ‘monogram’ with their initials for them. We put ribbon on the top so they could hang it somewhere. We pretty much knew what their favorite color was so it wasn’t hard deciding on that and the letters were only $1.50 each. Everyone loved them!
Post # 6
fi and i are framing some of our engagement pics and giving those for gifts fo our grandparents and parents….. 🙂 not sure bout everyone else yet!
Post # 7
@stephanie63087: I thought about doing this as well! FI’s brother just got married right after Christmas last year and they did this as a gift to FI’s family (including us), will it seem like copying if we do the same this year? That is my hesitation. Another hesitation is… do they even want a picture of us? Yes, it’s sad to even have to ask that question.
Post # 8
@His Lioness: my family keeps asking for the pics so i am trying to hold out till xmas lol! no you wont be copying! i think its a great idea!! and they will love them!
Post # 9
Here are a few things I have done in the past:
-Made little cook books with my favorite recipes, with room for them to add more recipes and gave w/ 2 spatula’s,wooden spoons, mixing bowl or oven mitts
-Personalized hand painted wine glasses, bought glasses for $2 ea and paint at Hobby Lobby
-Pizza pan & cutter w/ jar of spaghetti sauce & pizza crust mix
-mixing bowl with brownie mix & spatula’s
-any kind of gift basket. 4 wine glasses (cheap from Walmart), with 4 mini bottles of wine & wine glass charms
-Any homemade treats are amazing gift idea!
Post # 10
I’m going to try and make some “scoods” (scarf w/ a hood) … better get going though… I always procrastinate my sewing projects.
Post # 11
@jtsing: Very creative – love the cookbook idea (my wheels are turning)!
@PaperCrane: Those are super cute! I’ve never heard of them! Totally can’t sew, but what a GREAT idea!
Post # 12
I love the idea of giving personalized Christmas ornaments. No ornaments mean as much to me as those that friends made or found with me in mind.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2010 - Rancho San Carlos
We’re doing “Homemade Holidays” or “Crafty Christmas” this year! Here are a few of my favorites:
-for the fiber artist (I’m doing this for my mom who wants to get into spinning): Handmade Drop Spindle
-for the bird lover (FIL): Molded Bird Feeder
-for the fashionista/jewelry lover:
Hidden Jewelry Cabinet
Jewelry Roll (if you sew)
Lace Jewelry Frame (if you knit)
-for the plant lover: Succulent Centerpiece
-for, well, anyone: handmade coasters – you can even use photos!
-for the fashionable cyclist: bike tube bracelets
I hope some of this inspires you!
Post # 14
I work in an unusual place where we have a lot to do with medical studies of snakes and their venoms, so for every office Christmas Party, I crochet a snake scarf for the gift exchange. They seem to be pretty popular, adn fit under the $5.00 limit just fine, as it’s just yarn, some buttons for eyes and some felt scraps for a toungue, and a few evenings’ work while watching TV. 🙂 Getting ready to do my 3rd scarf.
Post # 15
I make christmas ornaments for everyone every year, and I usually a tin of baked goods, and I select one family member to make a quilt for each christmas thankfully almost everyone in my family has gotten a quilt and I only have my youngest sister left to make one for!
Post # 16
About giving framed pictures: Last Christmas my cousin and his girlfriend gave all of the aunts and uncles and grandparents a framed picture of the two of them. I thought it was a narcissistic gift, but all of my relatives wanted to know why they didn’t get a picture of my bf and I. They all thought that framed pictures of couples was a perfect gift. So go for it!! Relatives raved over the pictures and thought it was sweet.