Friday, October 29, 2010

Homemade Holiday gifts

Homemade/handmade gifts are a big thing in my family. I try to make the majority of our gifts, and am always looking for new ideas. I thought I'd share a few of them here, for anyone else looking to do the same.

An easy, cheap, and quick gift idea is the jar gift. You spend a bit on ingredients, but you can make several of these for really cheap. Add a cute scrap of fabric and some ribbon with the instructions, and you have a cute and useful gift. You can find recipes and ideas here:

Perhaps you want to give a bath set, but don't want to waste your money on the store bought stuff that generally sits untouched. Try this site for a few ideas:

If you can crochet, a simple hand towel and some matching yarn can give you a quick housewarming gift in the form of a hanging hand towel. I have several of these in my kitchen, and absolutely love them! Patterns can be found here:

You can also make a few matching potholders if you use cotton yarn.

Speaking of hand towels, you can buy a set of solid colored ones, find some matching ribbon, and sew it onto the towel for some quick, decorative hand towels.

And one more that I forgot to add the first time around:
Potpourri lighted jars. You just take a large mason jar, a bag of potpourri, and a small strand of lights(no more than 50.) You put the lights in the jar, and leave enough out so you can plug it in, and then pour the potpourri on top. Cover the top with some decorative lace fabric and tie with a ribbon and it makes a great gift. You can get potpourri and lights at the dollar store.

The possibilities are endless, and you don't have to be Martha Stewart to put these together! I hope you find something useful within those links!

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