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Start any holiday (Halloween through Christmas) crafting now, especially if you do craft shows or just for gifts. This way you won't be stuck at the last minute trying to finish gifts. At the very least, make a list of crafts and items needed. Some can be probably found at yard sales or clearance sections.
By Carol from Massachusetts
I look for baskets all summer long at all the garage and yard sales; I have even spray painted some of the baskets to freshen them up a little. At Christmas time, I fill the baskets with dollar store items, wrap in shrink wrap and a nice bow and I have a very nice gift to give!
For giving cake, cookies or candy at Christmas, to new neighbors or a sick friend, I look a garage sales, Goodwill or sales at retail stores for containers. Today at the General Dollar Store, they had their summer dinnerware on sale for half price. I got eight nice sized, bright colored dinner plates for a total of $2.50. They will make great plates for the rum cakes I give away at Christmas and look so much better than just a paper plate.
This is a nice poem to tape to the bottom of the plate, I don't know the author...
"This plate is made for giving
And I'm giving it to you
It's made of things that I like
And I hope you like them too!
And when this plate is empty
And the things on it are gone
I hope you'll fill it up again
To let the Giving Plate give on!"
I like the poem. It is so cute. That makes the present worth extra special. The baked goods could be so-so, but the poem makes the gift special. It shows you have put some thought into the gift.
What a generous, loving thing to do, and what a lovely poem to add to the plate. I think some of us might be interested in your rum cake recipe, if you're willing to share that too.
I have a very elderly aunt, who is diabetic, and a very strict vegetarian. She also refuses to eat onions or garlic. Christmas was a real stumper for me until I came up with the idea to can some things for her when I did my own canning.
Gifts from the heart are the best!!!
That's VERY nice of you!!! How thoughtful!! Have you ever thought of marketing any of your products. I'm sure others with diabetes would appreciate your handiwork, too.
Hope this will work:
Coconut Raisin Bars
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup Equal® Spoonful*
6 tablespoons stick butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup toasted flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup seedless raisins
Beat eggs and Equal® in medium bowl. Mix in butter and vanilla. Stir combined flour, baking powder and salt into egg mixture. Mix in coconut, nuts and raisins. Spread batter in lightly sprayed 8-inch square pan.
Bake in preheated 350°F oven 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars.
Store in airtight containers at room temperature.
Makes 16 bars.
* May substitute 24 packets Equal sweetener
Nutrition Information Per Serving:
calories 110, protein 2 g, carbohydrate 8 g, fat 8 g, cholesterol 38 mg, sodium 83 mg.
Food Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 fat.
Running short on time and money this weekend, I came up with a craft that I can make and give to many of the women in my life. It comes out beautifully and it is easy to do. Total cost for 32 gifts is $37, including wrapping. (I will probably give 2 to each person, so in my case, it is 16 gifts, but still, that's pretty good!)
So, for under $33, enough to make 32 ornaments.
These are easy, but require some time. The finished product is elegant and expensive looking.
To wrap mine, I bought white tissue paper for 97 cents at Wal Mart and gold curling ribbon for 97 cents. I will wrap them in the paper, tie with a ribbon, and place in Kraft style bags with Christmas motifs bought for cents each at Wal Mart. I will give each person two.
Once they are in the bags, I will punch the tops with a hole punch and thread some curling ribbon through. I will finish with gold-edge gift tags attached to the front (40 for 1.97 at Wal Mart) Total for wrapping: about $4
So, there it is. I hope this helps someone. These are an elegant, thoughtful gift.
Kateb from CT
what a wonderful gift!
I'm going to make some. Thanks so much!
That sounds great! We're always looking for something to give that looks great but doesn't cost a lot! Thanks!
I ALSO FILL SOME OF THEM WITH RIBBON, GLITTER AND CONFETTI.
GREAT TEACHER'S GIFTS.
Gr888 idea! I'm going to try it your way this year! In past years, I presented friends and family with an empty glass ball around Thanksgiving. I asked them to fill it with something that meant "them", My hubby's bame back full of fishing lures, line & tiny pics of fish. My daughter's came back with items relating to art and dancing. My son's was video and trading card related. Mine got some yarn and embroidery floss snippets, aida cloth squares, buttons & bells and small silk flowers-all from projects I'd done through the year. Now I have a little bit of everyone hanging on my tree!
I have taken the clear glass balls and made marbelized ornaments with them, you just remove the tops, drop a small amount of 3 different paint colors into the balls, roll around until entire ball is coated, turn upside (i always use the small styrafoam cups) to drain extra paint out, let dry for couple days. They always turn out so neat, plus no two are alike. I also like to use the metallic paints.
My daughter made these for a craft show last year and they sold like crazy. She did the potpourri, the paint and ribbons and glitter. Everyone loved them!
I have to make Christmas gift for our fiber arties group and have found the information on this web site very helpful.
The tatted spider found http://www.geoc t_ph/spider.html is just prefect for the watercolor card I have made for Spider ornaments.
Here is the story in the card
"One Christmas Eve long ago, a family was preparing their home for the visit of the Christ child.
After the Christmas tree had been beautifully trimmed, and everything was scrubbed and cleaned, the family went to bed.
While they were sleeping, little spiders who had been chased from their favorite nooks and crannies, crept back to wonder at the tree's glittering beauty.
They crawled on every branch to see each shining ornament, but alas, in their excitement, they forgot to stop spinning their webs.
After their inspection, the tree was shrouded with cobwebs!
When the Christ child came and saw what had happened, He smiled at the thought of the little spiders wanting to see His tree.
As He blessed the tree, He touched each web to turn it into gold, and the tree shone with greater beauty than before.
That is why in many parts of the world each Christmas tree, to be complete, must have one golden spider."
Im low on cash this year and for my friends I am gonna make a burt mixed cd of my fav. Christmas songs! All you gotta cover is the blank cds.... that is if you have some christmas cds with some good songs. Also I made labels on my computer to put on the cds that says Christams mix! I think they are cute....and the $ aint bad either!
I have also filled clear balls with the silver and colored strands of metallic "icicles", then wrote family
members names on the balls with a paint pen to match the colors of the icicles.
This year my sister and I gathered old photos, family tree info and family stories and combined them into a book. That we had printed by online publisher LuLu. The book ran about $10 a book and is now an heirloom in our family. We ran about a dozen copies for everyone. According to mother, it is the best gift ever.
By CaroleW from Indiana
One year I typed all the recipes I had used since my children were little, one recipe per page. I decorated each page to match the theme of the recipe with graphics and borders....
A nice Christmas gift is to make a pot of gold usually found at the end of rainbows! This is a good present for people who are difficult to buy for.
I have found that homemade gifts for Christmas or birthdays tend to not only be cheaper, but they are appreciated more because the recipient knows you took special time and effort to do something just for them. By Robin
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I am looking for homemade either food or gift ideas for our church board, pastor, and staff. I have 13 gifts to make and wanted to make some nice things that are reasonable.
Thank you so much.
Linda from PA
If you go to this website, you will find a HUGE choice of ideas: http://members. Mae/jarlinks.htm
I have a great idea...I sell Home Interiors & Gifts, with features from Better Homes and Gardens.
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I fill Mason jars with all the dry ingredients to make either cookies or soup. Put the recipe on a pretty card and tied it with a ribbon to the jar. it's cheap and people love it-they either have dinner or dessert at hand. Hope this helps.
Here's a small gift basket idea I used as teacher's gifts that were a big hit: I baked a dozen mini muffins and included 3 packages of hot cocoa (a box of 10 costs $1). The teacher's loved it because it was something they could enjoy and not another knick knack to dust. If you want a bigger gift, add a second flavor of muffins and add herbal tea, too.
What about things like homeade hot cocoa mix or bath salts, placed in decorative jars. You can find recipes almost anywhere. The ingredients are not very expensive, and easy to find.
If you're able to visit thrift shops or yard sales, this is something you can be working on all year, not just as it gets close to Christmas: Pick up beautiful old china dinner plates--you see a lot of nice single ones left over from sets that have long since bit the dust. Then when it gets closer to the Holidays, if you're a pretty good cookie maker--or if not like me, watch your local grocery store bakery for good deals on fancy cookies--fill each plate with a nice arrangement of fancy cookies, cover the whole thing with that clear wrapping paper (pull the paper up over the top of the plate and tie some pretty grosgrain ribbon around the excess wrapping paper sticking up over the plate). A friend of mine has given me a couple of these and I just loved it! Not only did I enjoy the yummy cookies, but now I have some really pretty plates that are fun to use for snack trays for fancy parties or even just to look at in my china hutch. (People are always asking me where I got such pretty plates!)
You can make a candleholder with candy canes. You need a red long tapered candle and about six or seven canes. Glue canes around candle with the crook part down. Tie an ribbon around and add some small xmas flower. Very cute and cheap. This makes great teachers gifts
I just found this site today and I'm hoping someone can help me. We are having really bad money problems this year and I don't know what to do for Christmas gifts for my children. I don't want them to wake up to nothing Christmas morning. I have a 9 year old boy, a 13 year old girl, a 18 year old boy, and a 19 year old boy. I want to make them something that they will enjoy and appreciate and something that will make them forget that we are having a hard time. Please help. Any ideas will be much appreciated. Thank you.
I want to make some homemade Christmas gifts. I don't know what to do and I don't want to spend money. I do not know how to knit or sew. What can I make? Thank you.
I've just moved to my first home and money is a little tight. Could anyone give me tips how to make my Christmas gifts this year. I don't have a lot of money to spend, but I would like my presents to look nice.
My (fairly large!) family are very generous at Christmas and I want to give something that looks good, but costs the minimum. I am interested in quick, simple and easy ideas. Please help!
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Who is making their presents this Christmas? What ideas have you gathered so far?
I make an assortment of cookies and candies. I use simple, but delicious recipes. I go to the dollar store and buy gift bags to put them in. I wrap them with ribbon and a homemade tag. (10/17/2010)
I am making a lot of my Christmas gifts this year. 1 thing I am doing is I am buying a nice glass vase type thing and I am putting pebbles/rocks that look really neat in it and then I am putting a candle in it. I have a friend that does this all the time and it looks really great if you choose good colors. Have fun! (10/19/2010)
I am 'going green' for the most part, making pj's for the children and purse inserts for women friends from leftover material, and up cycling items I've found at yard sales and thrift shops all year. I also use many of the ideas from the Dollar Store website. (10/20/2010)
Personalized, for the person you want to give a gift to, note cards or stationary and/or homemade Christmas decorations that they can use year after year. (10/20/2010)
He'll like something unique like homemade gifts in a jar. You can custom style the jars and its contents. Adding a personal note (in the jar) will be a nice touch.
I need some ideas for gifts I can make either my mom or my dad or both for Xmas. Please help.