Homemade items make great gifts for the holiday season but sometimes gets overlooked. Why get caught up in Christmas shopping, when you can make something yourself? Homemade goods are very thoughtful. They show that you took time out of your busy schedule to make something special. From food to crafts, there are numerous options when it comes to creating that special present.
Food is a great way to show someone that you care. Homemade granola or bread are both great gifts if you want to stay away from sweets. Take it one step further and put it in a nice jar or container that they can keep. Need something for the kids? A DIY gingerbread house kit is the way to go. It gives them something to do and is unlike anything else they will get!
Having a house party? Create name tags using sugar cookies and icing. Using a tag shaped cookie cutter, create the tags and then punch a hole in the end of each one using a straw. Once they finish baking, pipe the names of your guests on each one using icing. These make great place cards at the dinner table and it also counts as dessert!
For those who want to make something that is not edible, there are many options. All-natural handmade soap is a great gift. You can find a ton of recipes online and choose from many different ingredients. Sugar scrubs are a great gift for the spa lover in your life. They are super easy to make and again, thousands of how-to websites are there to help! A simple Google search will provide you with endless information.
If you are good with your hands, a handmade cookbook or tablet stand is the perfect gift for that person who loves to be in the kitchen. For the dog-lovers, homemade dog treats are in order! There are a lot of recipes for your favorite canine that can be found, so get creative! If you are good with a needle and thread, buy a pair of cute mittens and hand stitch your recipient’s initials on each one! It will be a unique gift that they can’t find anywhere else!
Instead of shopping till we drop, these are some great ideas to save money and give amazing gifts to your loved ones. It does take some time, but it will be one of the most meaningful presents they ever receive! Happy crafting!