Homemade Christmas Gifts
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Everyone loves getting gifts that come from the heart.
What shows this better than homemade Christmas gifts?
While this may make some people panic at the thought of
trying to make something arts and crafts, it really
isn't that hard to make a nice gift for someone.
An excellent gift for a new bride in the family would be
a cookbook of all the family favorites. Add some stories
and maybe old photos of family gatherings to go along
with the recipes. Put together some dry mixes of some of
the recipes to get her started. Wrap it in a nice apron,
maybe even one that belonged to a relative.
For kids, a great gift that can be added to is a Dress
Up Kit. Get an old suitcase or two and fill it with old
clothes that you don't wear anymore. Include hats and
shoes. Now and then, add more items to the box. Ask
other relatives to contribute to it as well. If you have
pictures of family members wearing the clothes, print
them out and decoupage them on the outside of the
suitcase and then coat with a clear finish.
Do you have a flower garden during the year? Save the
petals, dry them and make your own potpourri. You could
buy cinnamon sticks to add another scent and texture.
Put it in small containers or mesh bags.
Everyone likes to snuggle up with a soft blanket on a
cold evening. You can make a blanket and never sew or
crochet a stitch. Purchase a piece of fleece the size
that you want your blanket (the clerks at the store can
help you figure out the right amount). Simply cut fringe
in about two inches from all the edges about an inch
apart. You can either let the fringes hang loose, or tie
knots to make a pattern around.
Homemade cookies, fresh from the oven, are a great
treat. A lot of people just don't have the time to make
them. You can make a frozen cookie kit. Mix up a batch
of their favorite cookies. Roll them out into balls and
flatten them slightly. Flash freeze them by putting them
on wax paper on a cookie sheet until they are solid.
Remove them from the sheets and place them in a freezer
bag. Bake for two to three minutes more than the normal
time or until golden brown. They can be baked in small
batches, even in the toaster over, or all at the same
Another nice handmade gift could be writing a poem for a
family member. Poems don't even have to rhyme. Print it
out in a nice font or in calligraphy if you know how,
and put it in a nice frame. It's a gift someone will
treasure for years to come. You can have kids help write
one for different family members. An easy poem type
project is to take someone’s first name, write it along
the left margin and then think of a word associated with
that person for each letter. For example, Sue could be
Sweet, Upbeat and Energetic or Bob could be Brave,
Outgoing and Baseball.
No matter what your homemade gift, be sure to include
lots of love in the making and it will sure to be a hit
with it's recipient.
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