There are 39 days until the big day! Are you still shopping?
Maybe you will choose to give a gift this holiday season that has a homemade touch to it. What ideas do you have for homemade gifts? Even if they are semi-homemade, share!
Here are a few suggestions:
*Scrapbook - even if you are not into the full paper cutting and glueing you can make a scrapbook photo album at several photo developers (Lewis Drug, Walmart, Target, Harold's, Snapfish, etc!)
*Reader, Trista shared that a great option for homemade gifts is to "put the dry ingredients for cookies together in a jar with some cute fabric on the top and a ribbon. All the gift receivers have to do is add the wet ingredients and enjoy! Fun, simple and frugal!" Check out these resources for recipes: Butterscotch Chip Cookies in a Jar, Brownie Mix in a jar or you can simply search google.
*Make your favorite homemade spaghetti sauce, jar it and spruce it up with a bow! Put the jar in a basket or colander and add a box of spaghetti noodles, french bread loaf, parmesan cheese and maybe a $5 gift card to a local grocer (to pick up some meat for balls). What a cute and useable gift! Also great for families that might be in need.
*Do you preserve foods such as homemade pickles, jams, jellies, salsa, etc? Grab some homemade goodies and place them in a basket or cute container, add a ribbon and you are done!
*Put together a your version of a car emergency kit. See this post for more info.
*Put together a meat, cheese and snack gift. See this post for more info.
*Do you sew, knit, quilt, build? Use your skills to make something memorable for your gift receiver!
*Combine your favorite recipes into a cute notebook (or find one of those cookbooks that are meant for you writing in recipes), maybe add some pictures of the final product. This can be a great gift for a younger individual just getting out on their own. Or check out Martha Stewarts idea here, where you combine your favorite holiday recipes and include them with some of your goodies!
*Movie basket - either movie at home - or out to the movies. For at home: add things like bagged popcorn, popcorn toppings, boxes of candies, sodas, free movie rental codes or a gift card to a local movie rental store. For out at the movies: Movie tickets, a box of candies, maybe a gift card for ice cream afterwards, etc.
*Make some marble magnets! I have seen these made with a small photo in place of the other pictures used. So cute and personal! Check out how to make marble magnets here. I think this would be fun to make of all the grandchildren for Grandma and Grandpa's refrigerator! Or maybe a set for someone that has a locker at work or a desk with an area they can use magnets - add the photos of their kids! Cute!
*Dress-up box for kids. Grab an old suitcase or a plastic tote. Add items to the container that kids can use for playing dress-up. Maybe old or new Halloween costumes, used dresses from weddings (can find at thrift stores), high heels or store purchased princess shoes, chef hat, cowboy hat, sailor hat, wigs, cowboy boots, men's vest, sunglasses, dress gloves, necklaces, rings, ties, etc! Many of these things you can find in the back of your own cloeset, thrift stores, dollar stores, dept. stores, etc!
*Add songs to a CD that the gift receiver loves. A nice mixed CD to listen to all year long!
Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments below!! Others and I would love to read about your ideas as well.