7 Quick Takes for DIY Christmas Gifts

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DIY Felt Board: all you need is an old picture frame or even just a piece of cardboard, felt, scissors and hot glue. My daughter couldn’t get enough of hers last Christmas.

 

Let’s face it, most of us have everything we need.  So over the past few years our family has (for the most part)  stopped buying gifts.  Instead we started a new tradition of shipping handmade goodies to our friends and family across the country (we are in Texas and our family is spread out from Montana, Colorado, Georgia and Ohio).

 

Creating homemade gifts isn’t as complicated as it might sound. For starters with our approach everyone gets some version of the same thing, usually a box with a couple homemade snacks and a craft or two. If we have a favorite book or cd from the year we may buy that for everyone too but for the most part our gifts are simple and homemade.

 

Now I love cooking and crafting but that might not be your thing. The fun part of  homemade gifts is that you get to share a little of your self with everyone, so if this list doesn’t work for you, find something that is fun for you to create and send.

 

These are all gifts we have actually done, I’ve tried to include either my own link or the one I used, when I couldn’t, I found something that seemed to come close.

 

Seven Ideas for Homemade Christmas Gifts:

 

1. Drink MixesChai spiced tea mix or Hot Cocoa mix. If you can’t be with the ones you love at least you can both share a warm cup of sweet goodness.

 

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2. Spice Mixes. Think about a Barbecue Rubs or Herbes de Provence. All that is involved is buying spices mixing them and putting them into a cute bag.

 

3. Something to Eat. Homemade granola,  biscotti or pan forte (this is one of my favorites, I have a great recipe, which I’ll post some day, I haven’t actually tried the one on the link but the reviews are good and it looks pretty similar, message me if you want my recipe).

 

Canned items.  I usually make these throughout the year though it wouldn’t be too much to make up a couple batches for the holidays, think about pickles, apple butter, apple sauce, jam, pickled peppers, peppered jelly, they all make great gifts (though mailing glass jars is heavy and obviously the whole glass thing can be an issue, these work better for giving away locally).

 

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Granola is super easy and I get requests for it every year, in fact I got my recipe from a friend who first made it for us as a Christmas gift years ago.

 

4. Bath Products. Soaps (this is probably the one that requires the most complex set of skills and supplies, still totally doable for anyone but in our household my husband is the soap maker), other bath products are a little easier, think about lotions, scrubs, oil mixes and bath salts.

 

5. Crafts. Decoupage picture frames or Suminagashi stationary. I guarantee that if you spend 10 minutes on pinterest you can come up with at least a dozen more.

 

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All you need are some pieces of wood, pictures and modpodge.

 

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This takes some special ink, but the colors are great. I’m sending some out this year.

 

6. Christmas ornaments. Salt dough or corn starch dough or a million other kinds. This is something fun you can do with kids too.

 

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Salt dough ornaments made of salt, flour and water, and of course lots of glitter.

 

7.  Toys. There is nothing I love to make more than toys. Imagine the excitement when your kid sees their new Tee Pee or Bear Cave and the satisfaction of knowing that you made it and that it didn’t cost you much money.

Last year my husband made bunk beds for our daughter’s  dolls (now this did require a bit of skill, I on the other hand made a felt board which did not require a lot of know how and our daughter loves it too).  This year I’m making her peg people and maybe a painted board to hang on her wall with the alphabet.

 

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Something simple like play dough makes a great stocking stuffer.

 

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I’m still not sure how I managed to do it but one night I got all of my extended family together and we each made a finger puppet to put in my daughter’s stocking.

 

 

Advent is a season of waiting and preparation. One way to celebrate it is to use this time to make things. It takes time yes, but saves time shopping and you can learn a new skill and involve your family and friends in the process. Give it a try or send me a picture of the homemade gifts that you make Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Hope you are enjoying this time of advent and thanks for being here.

 

Erica

 

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4 Comments

  • Diane Reply

    Hi Erica.

    Love this listing of homemades! I’ve crafted and gifted many of these over the years. This year it’ll be cloth cocktail napkins and photo montages of vintage family pictures. So many DIY posts for inspiration. Here’s one that is launching this year’s ideas; http://www.designsponge.com/2011/09/diy-project-vintage-sheet-cocktail-napkins.html
    Out to the resale shops tomorrow to hunt for gentle used fabrics…and then into the zen of sewing.
    Blessings to you and yours.
    Diane

    • egjarrett Reply

      Eek these are so cute! I just pinned it. My sewing machine is a bit temperamental but once I get it under control this would be a great project. What a fun use for an old sheet and I love a cloth napkin. Thanks for sharing Diane!

  • Amy @ The Salt Stories Reply

    I am definitely going to try the Decoupage picture frames. Great gathering of ideas. Thanks!

    • egjarrett Reply

      It is now the only way I “frame” anything, so much less expensive. When I made a bunch of these I went to the trouble to purchase a decoupage sealer to help keep them from being sticky. Even with that they can be a little sticky if you stack a bunch of them together or something, but I also have several which I have had for a few years now that still look great. Decoupage is amazing.

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