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gennifyr 10-18-2007 01:13 PM

Homemade Gift List
I'm doing mostly homemade again this year. I just find it more original not to mention cheaper than storebought.

Here's my list of possible gift ideas, feel free to add your own!

candy cane meringues (meringue recipe w/ crushed candy canes added)
candy cane bark (any bark recipe topped with crushed candy canes)
cookies, quick breads, muffins
boxer shorts
flannel pj's
felt/flannel board (plywood covered with felt or flannel, cut out shapes from different coloured felt to stick onto the board)
wood blocks (squares, rectangles, half circles, triangles etc)
playdough w/rolling pin, cookie cutters etc
bath paints (food colouring mixed with liquid soap)
foam bath shapes (cut out of sheets of play foam)
doll clothes, diapers
rice bags
eye spy bags
no sew fleece blanket
fleece hat, mitts,
no sew fleece scarf
doll house
playsilks (squares of silk, serge edges, dye with Kool Aid)
doorway puppet theatre
chocolate covered cherries
potted herb
hot drink mixes (google will give you tons of recipes)
bath salts

Minta 10-18-2007 01:19 PM

We are doing a lot of basket gifts this year with mostly homemade goodies like:

hot cocoa mix (regular and mint flavor)
Chocolate mint cheeseball mix
rice crispy treats - shaped/decorated and christmas tress and snowmen
Orange cranberry muffins
Chocolate filled biscotti's

Also adding a few store bought items to each basket too.

Ladybugkisses 10-18-2007 03:46 PM

This year all the women in my family will receive two gifts from me; 1) a homemade bracelet or necklace and 2) a small store bought gift. With us being in our home for just a little over a year and two little girls to buy for we can't really afford to buy everyone on our list expensive gifts, besides it really should be about the thought behind the gift and not where it came from or how much you spent on it, right?

Although our administrative offices-we do a gift exchange but there are a few other folks at work and neighbors will receive homemade baked cookies in festive packaging.


RavenHardt 10-18-2007 04:08 PM

-wow...these are wonderful ideas...thanks guys

kidzrme 10-18-2007 05:58 PM

Gennifyr, Wow are you creative! I wish that I was able to do that! Amazing! Homeade gifts always mean so much more. :)

Annette1990 10-18-2007 09:10 PM

Hi Gennifyr and welcome,
Would you mind sending me an IM for the bath paints recipe. Thanks so much=)

Seasun 10-27-2007 12:48 PM

For me there's nothing like a good home made gift made with love and a lot of attention to details. Making gifts takes away a lot of the holiday stress. I find it very de-stressing and I think it's because of the love we put into our creations.

Here's my homemade lists. I've already gotten hints from friends and family for some of the food items:

Tamales: A traditional Holiday food in Mexico and Central America. Lots of work, but well worth it.

Fruit Cake: The candied fruits are soaked in rum or sweet wine for several months. This is a deliciously yummy fruit cake.

Coquito: A Rum punch made with cream, coconut milk, and delicious spices.

Assortment of homemade fruit vinegars infused with spices. I start making, and aging my vinegars at the beginning of the year. All I have to do now is bottle them.

An assortment of bath salts, liquid bath soaps, and my own blend of aroma therapy oils.

JanaBanana 10-28-2007 10:33 PM

Im making gift baskets of my homemade jams (Apricot)
Here are some of them... Some baskets will be filled with other items as well.. books, bookmarks, tea-cups, coffee mugs, stuff of that sort...

gennifyr 10-29-2007 07:41 AM

That jam looks great!

I was reading a thread on another site and someone pointed out that when they go shopping they don't see anything that they would want or want to get someone else. That all the "stuff" has become meaningless because it's mass produced, nothing is really special. That's why she likes to do homemade.

I've been feeling the same way for awhile now. Throughout the year I see the occasional item I'd like to buy but when it comes to receiving a gift I never know what I want.

Maureen 10-29-2007 03:50 PM

Each of you symbolises what this season is all about. The thought and consideration behind each thing you've made is worth 10 of anything you get store bought.

WELL done - I'm humbled and seriously in awe:merry:

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