I’ve been blogging about gift giving all week now and I have quite the collection of ideas:
and now today’s post will bring the tally up to a total of 100 gift ideas!
Great gifts to make:
- Reindeeer Bark. This simple treat is always a big hit and everyone asks for the recipe. You can even customize it for other holidays by using different colors of candy.
- Chocolate dipped fortune cookies with a note saying “We are FORTUNATE to have you as friends!” This is fun for the whole family to work on.
- Herb butter. Especially nice with a loaf of artisan bread. Very easy and makes an impressive gift.
- Reindeer Noses treat bags (free download from Kate Hadfield). So very cute!
- Reindeer Cookies. I love the combination of a peanut butter cookie and chocolate covered pretzels. Yum!
- Something you’ve canned or preserved. I made homemade pickle relish last year and gave it away to several friends just for a random gift. Everyone loved it! I’m always thrilled to receive a jar of homemade jam or a special salsa. Even better if some bread or chips are given on the side.
- Sweet spice rack full of sprinkles. I blogged about this a few years ago and I still love the idea. Now I’ve even found an empty test tube stand on amazon if you can’t find one at Target. Or you could go full-on scientific and order something like this from a laboratory supply place. The test tubes are just glass, so I can’t see why you couldn’t use them for food.
- Mason jar sewing kit. Why is everything so much cuter in a mason jar?
- Bread in a bottle. Love the look of layered treats and recipes in bottles. They are easy to put together and make a nice gift.
- Frozen cookie dough. Anyone can give me a gift of cookie dough at any time. Seriously!
- Button art. Love the idea of this – would be great for monograms or simple shapes.
- Tangle-free headphones – easy to just add some flair to a pair of headphones!
- Crafty containers covered with scrapbook paper. I *might* have some scrapbook paper here somewhere. lol! Great way to use old containers and cans.
- Sew an easy project like a patchwork bag, or a pillowcase.
- Knit or crochet some simple dishcloths. My daughter made several cloths a few years ago for gifts and everyone treasured them!
- Pant leg camping bag (with roasting sticks) – what a great idea for someone who loves the outdoors!
- Photo calendar – read Steph’s post on The Daily Digi for great product links. You can also make easy calendars with companies such as Kinkos or Office Max. Minted makes some really beautiful calendars.
- Photo mosaic print. I love photo mosaics and the easiest way to make them is to use Big Huge Labs mosaic maker. I’ve also written about several other ways to make beautiful mosaics, so be sure to check out this post.
- A scrapbook or photobook. I always give our families scrapbook pages each year for a holiday gift. Of course, I think scrapbooks make a wonderful gift!
- Homemade sugar scrub. Easy to make and fun to customize with your favorite scent.
- Homemade bath salt. Another super easy gift!
- Bookmarks from ribbons and charms (or even old earrings). I just love these! Lots of possibilities – even for boys with the right accessories.
- A special quote or piece of word art. Use a photo editing program or a cutting machine to illustrate a favorite quote. You can also find several free printables on Eighteen25 that would be perfect for framing.
- Family Guess Who game. LOVE this idea! Guess Who is one of our favorite games and it would be super fun to have a personalized version.
- Slideshow. Put together a slideshow using some special photos. They really aren’t difficult to do, it just takes some time to go through all the pictures you want to use and decide on music. I use Windows Live Movie Maker for all of my slideshows. It’s a great program and it’s free!
Happy gift giving!