Homemade gifts are personal and budget-friendly. You can even get the kids involved — especially if you’re making gifts for grandparents. Try these simple ideas for handmade gifts that’ll delight everyone on your list.
Bake a Treat
Cookies, cakes and pies make delicious homemade gifts. Fun cookie cutters will help you create holiday shapes. Present them in reusable containers such as festive tins. Remember to include the treat’s recipe
so your gift can be enjoyed again later.
Prepare Some Potpourri
Search for potpourri recipes online and make your own. Wrap the potpourri in tightly woven fabric and decorate it with a ribbon. You can also package it in a reusable tin. Try seasonal scents like cinnamon and pumpkin.
Bead a Candle
Create an inexpensive, unique present — add decorative beadwork to a plain candle. Buy clear-drying glue and beads, and let your creative side take over. Choose beads in the gift recipient’s favorite color — it’ll add a personal touch.
Put Together a Recipe-Jar Gift
Search online for an easy “jar recipe.” Then, assemble the dry ingredients inside a decorative glass container. Ribbons and tulle fabric can decorate the jar. Want to get the kids involved? Supervise them while they apply puffy paint to the jar. Design your own label and include the recipe’s necessary instructions.
Create an Eco-Friendly Wreath
Create a wreath from fresh Christmas-tree clippings, or shop for a wire wreath frame in the craft aisle. Decorate with pine cones, holly berries, mistletoe or other organic materials found in your yard.
Make Bath Salts
Purchase unscented bath salts or therapeutic Epsom salts. Fill a glass jar with the salts and sprinkle them with a few drops of scented massage oil or essential oils. Decorate the jar and include a handwritten note encouraging the recipient to relax and enjoy a hot bath.
Compile a Scrapbook or Photo Album
When scrapbooking, include photos, mementos from special events, drawings and ticket stubs. Come up with an album theme or have each family member create a few pages. All you need is a blank album, tape or glue, and fun items to decorate the pages.
Design a Custom Frame
Decorate a plain picture frame with recycled household items. Cut out pictures from old magazines and glue them to the frame. Glue old buttons in a mosaic pattern. Want to add some glitz? Use gold spray paint to embellish the frame. Print a special photo and place in the decorated frame.
Put Together a Beginner’s Knitting Kit
Do you know someone who’d love to learn how to knit? Fill a basket with a set of knitting needles, chunky yarn and a knitting book or DVD. This gift will keep giving every season.
Assemble a Gift Basket
Feeling extra-generous? Make a gift basket and include two or more of these homemade creations. Use tissue paper or decorative fabric remnants to stuff the basket with all your small gifts.