It's the time of year when I start looking around for ideas of gifts I can make for Christmas. I like to make things myself to give as gifts - I have a large-ish family and not a huge budget, so when I can make things that I'm proud to give that cost a reasonable amount, then I'm happy. Last year I started panicking in October, I think, so it seems like I'm doing a better job managing the stress of it this time round. I may regret not starting sooner... or I may not even think of gifts till after my sales at the end of November. I'm sure I can get it done in December...!?!
As I was thinking about starting to think about getting started, I thought I would do a round up for you in case you might be in the same place as I am, wondering what to make... Here are some of the different homemade gifts I've given over the years, a few gifts I have thought about making to give, some gifts I have received, and some gifts I would kind of like to receive.
Soap - I did this one year - it's the kind of gift that you invest in the basic supplies, make a few varieties, and that's what everyone gets that year.
Wheat Bags & Handwarmers - Yes, I sell these in my shop, but they started as Christmas gifts for my family (everyone got one!) more than a decade ago. Simple to make, and if you use rice, easy to find all you need.
CD of piano playing or singing - sometimes it would be nice to hear someone who's far away.
CD or you reading a story aloud, along with the book - grandparents, this one is for you! This would rock bedtime. *Cheaper version - snag a few of the favourites they already own and record yourself.
Pencil Cases - Find a tutorial and make this up for your favourite pen addict... I can't be the only one out there.
Popcorn Seasonings - this is one we were given and I am still enjoying them on every batch of popcorn. We almost need some more, though...
Homemade Notebooks - I like paper, and playing with paper, and sewing... Sometimes the paper gets sewn and is awesome.
Fairy Garden - I've never made one, but saw lots of fun ideas this summer. Maybe an awesome gift would be some supplies to build one and the promise of a spring date to do it together?
Magnets - use clip art or words between flat marbles and magnets - personalize for the recipient. I made some as teacher gifts and some with the Fruit of the Spirit on them (Galatians 5:22 & 23).
Playdough - fun for little ones.
Sock Monkey or Stuffed Animal - my boy has a monkey and an elephant made by his Aunts - treasures, for sure. Meaningful for the parent as well as the child.
Doll Clothes - I still remember the Christmas when we were small and we got a load of Barbie clothes sewn by Mom and knitted by the Grandma & Granny, and then later making them for our Cabbage Patch Dolls. If you know a girl with a doll in her life, this one might be a win for you.
Aprons - I've made a few of these over the years, including some fun matching parent / child ones. My secret is to use one I like the shape of as the pattern.
Fire Starters - We made these for camping this summer - they might be nice for the camping enthusiast in the family.
Cookies in a Jar - Always a good idea.