Well we are in the full swing of the holiday gift giving season. It is so easy to get caught up in the feeding frenzy that is this shopping season! We thought we would share photos of some of the homemade gifts that we are giving or have been given to us. Nothing says I love you like something that you have taken the time to make for someone special.
At Roberts Roost the kids have been busy making gifts. RR built some bird houses,
JJ wove some scarves,
and helped mom make wreaths.
And they built a new crèche for to help celebrate the season.
Here at Chiot’s Run we celebrate a “homemade” Christmas each year. Gifts have to be homemade/handmade or something using your talents. We set a limit of $20 for supplies/ingredients. It’s always fun coming up with fun ideas. Since I love to sew, I made cloth shopping bags for all the ladies in my family last year. I plan on making more this year since I’ve received numerous requests. I usually use old curtains as the main fabric and cloth ribbon (100 yds for $5) so they’re very inexpensive. These cost me pennies each to make.
I also make homemade cinnamon rolls for everyone in both of our families. They’re a HUGE hit. I like giving gifts that get consumed so they don’t take up space, and who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls. I found these great tree shaped pans at a bakery supply place on-line. They cost me less than a dollar each!
I make tons of canned jams/jellies/chutneys as gifts as well. These are given to our professional/work friends. It makes a great gift since most people enjoy jams & jellies, especially the homemade kind!
I am famous for one Christmas specialty: chocolate covered cherries. I have people come out of the woodwork and drive hundreds of miles to get theirs during the holidays. I must say, they are good, I eat my share as I’m making them!
This year I made a calendar featuring a few of my photos for most of my family. I had them printed up at Lulu, but since I took all the photos myself I figure it counts as handmade? It was much cheaper to get them professionally printed than to try to do that part myself. They’re a huge hit with the few people that have received them already.
This year for me it is all about knitting…after years of not picking up my knitting needles I have taken it up again with a vengence. Everyone is getting a scarf…or two!
White Grape Peach Jelly is the flavor this year in the Christmas baskets…yum!
There will be banana bread…
And apple raisin sticky buns…
And photo books all around!
So what handmade gifts are you giving this year? What handmade gift have you been given in the past that is dear to your heart?