One of the most obvious traditions surrounding Christmas is gift giving. Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, many people are looking for gift ideas. However, you don’t have to join the Cyber Monday frenzy, and compulsively shop sales from now until December 24. Indeed, you can make Christmas a little more personal for everyone involved with with a homemade Christmas.
Personally, I’m a big fan of giving carefully thought-out gift cards to my siblings and parents and in-laws. However, for others, I like giving simple personal gifts, usually some sort of food. For those looking for a more personal touch, here are some ideas for a homemade Christmas:
Cross-stitch, Embroidery, Crocheting/Knitting and Sewing/Quilting
Some of the best gifts are those you make from the heart. I once crocheted a scarf for my son, but that’s about the extent of my talents in that area. However, there are ways to make truly beautiful Christmas gifts. From making a quilt, to crocheting or knitting baby clothes, to creating soft toys and dolls, there are ways to put your skills to work.
Even if you don’t have the time to create a quilt, or knit a sweater, there are some things nearly anyone can do. Purchase some inexpensive dish towels, hand towels or washcloths. Use cross-stitch or embroidery skills to add a little monogram or design to the items. Make it personal and fun.
Baked Goods and Other Treats
I love making make Oreo truffles for my neighbors and friends — and they tell me that they love eating them. You can also bake cookies, and have your kids help by decorating them. Try baking dessert breads, like banana and cinnamon apple breads. You can also make other types of bread, such as ciabatta bread, to give. If you bottle preserves, applesauce or pie filling, you can use those items as gifts.
Consider putting together a basket. You can add ciabatta bread, gourmet pasta, bottled pasta sauce and olive oil. (You can make a great olive oil container out of an old wine bottle — just put an oil stopper/pourer on top.) Or you can make a basket with different preserves and bread.
Other Homemade Christmas Gifts
There is no end to the types of Christmas gifts you can give to others, in keeping with a homemade Christmas. Create coasters with ceramic tiles. Paint an attractive design on the tops of the tiles, and glue felt to the back. Use old wine corks to create a personalized cork board. You can even use old teacups to make candles. Melt down wax, add a few drops of scent, add a wick, and put it all in an attractive teacup. Instant candle that makes a fun and attractive gift.
And, while it’s not exactly homemade, you can also use your pictures to create something fun. Online photo sites like Shutterfly can help you create calendars, photo books and other items to give to loved ones. My mother in law loved the calendar I made one year, consisting of our son (her only grandchild) and my husband.
What’s your favorite homemade Christmas gift idea?