I have been noticing that with the economy the way it is that there is a push for frugal gifts focusing on homemade. There are ‘buy handmade’ pledges all over the blogs. I think this is a worthy goal to be sure.
But I have decided that I do not want to buy homemade this but want to make it myself. I have enlisted the help of one of my big boys and my little girl.
We have come up with a list of what we like to do, what we do well and how that can translate into gifts for our loved ones.
My 21 year old son is a great baker. He and I are going to bake and fill baskets with goodies for our friends. We are including artisan breads, cookies, quick breads, tarts and biscotti. To this we will add homemade jams, jellies, preserves and dried fruits.
He and I are also knitting a variety of scarves and hats to give away.
Sweet Girl and I have already made sets of marble magnets for everyone and will include this in decorative tins with varies photos I have taken of the family and the garden. She is adding to this a specially drawn picture for the recipient to hang on their frig with the magnets.
I am also using my photos to have photo books printed for my mom, sister, and mother in law. I took pics of my neices and am having those photos framed for my sister in law. I am making a scrapbook for hubby with pictures I’ve taken of the progress we have been making remodeling our cabin.
For my best girlfriends I am making felt pillows in each of their favorite colors.
The hard group of people to stick to handmade for is my college age sons…they really just want cash, lol!
For the one leaving for college this spring I have made a recipe book of all his very favorite things to eat. For my second son who is being a ski bum this winter I am making a scarf. My oldest who is graduating and getting ready for his first real job I am still thinking of how to incorporate something homemade for his first house…
So I have my job cut out for me over the next couple of months. The housework may suffer and the laundry my multiply…but I’m sure it will be well worth it.
Besides I figure what I spend in effort I will save big time in money…which isn’t exactly the point but it doesn’t hurt either!
So, do you have any interesting handmade gifts planned for you love ones this year and if so would you like to share?
And any handmade ideas for my 23 year old heading out into the real world and setting up his first home?
Kim can be found at the inadvertent farmer raising organic fruits, veggies, critter, kids…and a camel!