Homemade gifts are a great way to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you, without having to spend a fortune! These ideas are sure to put a smile on their faces.
Individual Gifts are the Best
We’ve already given you many tips for small and some homemade gifts in our article “Homemade Gift Surprises for Friends and Family.” A unique gift made with love can mean so much to the recipient. There is a lot of heart and soul in them and they are connected with certain feelings. Even though the homemade gift might not cost a lot, it always has the greatest value.
So here are even more ideas for handmade gifts, just in time for the holidays.
Christmas Presents that Come from the Heart
Christmas is the feast of love, even though it causes much stress. It’s so hard to figure out which presents to get everyone on our list! Some things are just too expensive. Especially considering that we have so many people to buy for.
So instead of buying many things, it’s worth giving something homemade. Edible or drinkable gifts are fantastic since they can also be made in larger quantities and then packed in portions. So why not make something exactly like this by yourself!
Homemade Cookies and Candies
Homemade chocolates or cookies are a great treat for Christmas. Kids love to make and decorate Christmas cookies they can share with their neighbors. Here’s one of our favorite recipes.
If you don’t have the patience for sugar cookies, make English toffee! It only has a few ingredients, it’s delicious, and freezes really well, so if you don’t devour it immediately, you can enjoy year-round! Most toffee recipes have nuts, but you can definitely just top the melted chocolate with sprinkles or a hint of sea salt.
In the last article, we mentioned the classic homemade souvenirs from the kitchen. You can always give jam and jelly as a gift. If you can incorporate fruit from your own garden, even better!.
Give Creativity in the Kitchen with Aroma Salts
Have you ever tried aromatic salts? It’s a gift to people who like to cook and try something new. You mix coarse sea salt with ground spices or ground peel of orange or lemon. Vanilla and orange go great together. Chili salt can also spice up the dish.
Who doesn’t need more refreshment?! In the winter months, we love our hot cocoa and hot apple cider. You can put together mason jars full of hot cocoa mix, little candy canes, and marshmallows so they can make their own drink at home.
You could also combine some mulling spices to make homemade apple cider to mix things up.
If you want a homemade drink in the summer months, try these ideas for homemade lemonade! Your friends and neighbors will love it!
The If-Book for your Loved Ones
A great gift idea to make yourself is an If-Book. You can create a completely individually designed book for friends, family, or colleagues. It’s a fun and creative way to package vouchers and cash gifts! You can even place small, flat presents on the sides.
- Thick cardboard or a ring binder
- Various handicraft utensils for decoration
- Many little symbolic things
- Possibly photos, voucher, or money
How to Make It:
Use a ring binder as the structure of the book. Use cardstock instead of ordinary
paper to make sure it’s strong enough. You’ll later use a hole-punch to put through the pages in order to assemble the book. Think of different “if” sentences for the pages.
Examples of symbolic things
- If you need to vent…
- If you ever miss the words…
- If you ever need a miracle…
- If you ever need a break…
Stick on balloons, different stickers, or paper clips to make it pretty.
- If you want to give someone pretty eyes… (attach eyeshadow in the book or box if it’s for a woman or a sleeping mask for men or women.)
- If you ever need time for yourself…(attach a packet of bath salts.)
- If you ever want to make a wish come true . . . (hide a special voucher in the book.)
There’s room in the if-book for a picture of the two of you or other favorite things, too. Add your favorite crafts, design, and be creative! If your items don’t fit in a book, use a box instead. This craft might require a bit of effort, but your friend will love it!
The Ideas for Handmade Things are Infinite
So, have you found an idea for a homemade gift yet? There are plenty more ideas on Pinterest, too! If creative thinking or crafts aren’t your thing that’s ok, too! There are plenty of ways to let your friends know how much they mean to you! Why not send family members a quick note on FamilyApp!
What homemade gifts have you received or given away so far? We are looking forward to your ideas.