This gift idea consists of a blank book covered in seasonal paper. It is perfect for using as a journal to record holiday memories, recipes, and more. This is a guide about making a Christmas book.
These sweet gifts are made by placing a cake or cookie mix package into a linen towel bag. You can add tools and decorations, such as sprinkles, to round out the gift. This is a guide about making pocket pack baking kits.
A wonderful way to keep in touch at the holidays is by sending personal audio greetings to family and friends. This is a guide about sending audio Christmas greetings.
Dress up a bottle of bubble bath or spray bath foam like Santa. This makes a cute gift for the kids on your list. This is a guide about making a Santa soap.
One inexpensive way to create special gifts for friends, family, and co-workers for Christmas is to utilize your computer. There are lots of ideas to pursue, such as bookmarks, stationary, coloring books, and more. This is a guide about making Christmas gifts with your computer.
This is a guide about giving a meal as a Christmas gift. A homemade meal made with love can be a meaningful holiday gift to many different people.
Baked goods make great gifts for Christmas, birthdays and other special events. Edible gifts are not only delicious and come from the heart but can also be inexpensive.
Some of the best Christmas gifts come from the kitchen. Baked goods, canned foods and snacks all make great homemade gifts. Find ideas for Christmas Gifts from Your Kitchen in this guide.
DIY gifts are the best gifts when you are trying to be frugal. Check out these great frugal homemade gift ideas.
Anyone receiving this gift of cookie cutters and cute poem is going to love it. This is a guide about making a cookie cutter poem and gift.
This is a guide about making a thread spool Christmas tree. Give the sewing crafter in your life a cute spool Christmas tree gift, to hang in their craft area.
This is a guide about homemade Christmas presents for adults. Christmas is a wonderful time to give homemade gifts to children and adults alike.
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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.
By Jane from Piqua, OH
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.
I make her vegetable soup without her hated onion and garlic, also a sort of Italian sauce. I use my own organic veggies and make her tomato juice, green beans, pumpkin, beets, carrots, etc all without salt or sugar. I also make up fruits and even some pie fillings using fructose (this is "not" the high fructose corn syrup), which is fruit sugar and her doctor allows in her diet. I also include a jar of homemade noodles and often times a jar of the layered dry soup.
She talks about the couple of dozen jars of food I make her all year. She especially loves the fact that I told her that I think of her every time I plant something to can and how much fun it is.
By Margie M. from Mount Vernon, OH
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.
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
For small gifts, hot chocolate mixes, coffee creamers, etc., take inexpensive felt sheets 8x11 and cut in half longways. You have two pieces 4x11. Sew or glue sides together (I sewed them), resulting in a bag that is 4x5 1/2.
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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.
Even though my suggestion is not for homemade items I would highly suggest you sign up for Freecycle. It is a worldwide org that has an interest in keeping items out of landfill.You start at freecycle.org then you put in your city/zip code and you get directed to freecycle.com for your area (who wants to drive 50 mi for a shirt).
The rule of freecycle is nothing can be sold, bought or traded. It must be for free. You post what you have to give or what you want. I have seen appliances, cars, boats, furniture/bedding, sports equip, toys, clothes, pets, just about everything. I had one family I met said their garbage person hands out business cards with the information on it so they have less to dispose of. One mans trash is another mans treasure Lots of luck...P'
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.
My brother made big foot feet out of wood for the kids for xmas. You cut the shape of a foot with toes polish toe nails for the girls, add velcro straps to strap onto boots like sandles. They made big foot prints all over the snow. He used a jg saw and scrap lumber and some polyurethane. He stapled the velcro on but you could use tacks.
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
My 7 year old grandson loves to garden, and has a nice patch of lavender. I told him this year we would harvest and dry the lavender and make sachets for everyone for Christmas. While I will enjoy doing the sachets, he will have fun growing and harvesting his lavender and drying it. He is doing a herbal garden this year also, so are thinking ahead about growing and drying herbs for Christmas gifts.
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.