Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

This article, entitled "Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas," comes from Cathy at bountifulplate.

The holidays always seem to sneak up on us, don’t they? Do you have a lot of people on your shopping list to buy for?? Wouldn’t something homemade be awesome?? Here is a list of some great homemade holiday gifts:

  • Frame that special picture - Buy some cardstock paper and have your kids draw, paint or color something special. Find an inexpensive frame (try the local dollar store) and put their “masterpiece” inside!!!

  • Mason jars – Fill with cookies or candy. Layer your favorite holiday cookie or soup mix (dry ingredients only) and attach the recipe.

  • Aluminum cans – After you have rinsed and dried the empty can thoroughly, wrap your favorite yarn around the entire can – instant pencil or pen holder!

  • Gift Coupon Book – Buy a pack of unlined index cards (any color), punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner and use a piece of yarn to tie it all together.
    Some examples: For the kids – One hour of your undivided attention, For your spouse or significant other – One home cooked meal, For the grandparents – One hour of playing their favorite board game. Make as many or as few “coupons” as you want!

  • Coffee Mugs – You can usually find inexpensive mugs at the dollar store or discount department store. Fill it full of miniature chocolates for the chocolate lover. For the tea lover - fill it full of teabags. For small kids – tuck some crayons, colored pencils or a pack of stickers inside. Have a preteen or teen? How about a few tickets to a movie or concert they have been asking to go to? Have teachers, bus drivers, or crossing guards on your list? Fill the mug with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or store along with a handwritten note from your child! To make it really festive, put the mug inside a clear cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon!

  • “Gourmet” Pretzels – Pick up a bag of pretzel rods, chocolate chips and holiday sprinkles the next time you’re at the store. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove. Dip the ends of the pretzel rods into the melted chocolate, put a handful of holiday sprinkles on top and then place on a plate or container that has been lined with wax paper. Put them in the fridge for one hour. Tuck a few in a clear cellophane bag – instant “gourmet” pretzels!

  • Tissue Boxes – Do you have an empty rectangular facial tissue box around? Before throwing it in the trash, how about “recycling” it by covering with a few scraps of holiday wrapping paper or a brown paper grocery bag? Have the kids decorate the homemade “gift box. Hint – the chocolate covered “gourmet” pretzels fit perfectly! Cover the slit with a big bow!

  • Holiday cards – Have a bunch of leftover holiday cards from past years? The front of the card can be made into several bookmarks. Punch a small hole on the top and tie a pretty string, yarn or ribbon through it and tie the ends together. How about cutting the cards into holiday shapes and put your favorite recipe on the back (hint – use for the mason jar layered cookie or soup recipe mix) or punch a hole at the top and make into an instant ornament for the tree?

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About the Author...
Cathy B
Cathy is a homemaker, wife and mother to a son with special needs, a teenage daughter and stepmom to an adult son.
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