Saturday, November 19, 2011

73 Home-made Christmas Gifts

   73? Yup! Don't you ever sit down and wish you could think of something really cool to make for relatively cheep as Christmas presents? So do I. So when I came up with this list, I just HAD to pass it on.

   They vary in difficulty and cost. So just scan through and see what sparks your interest. These are also SUPER GREAT to make with your kids or siblings. Good quality time ;-) And if you don't know how to make something, google it! I'm sure you can find a tutorial.

   And most of all - be creative! These are all very, very basic descriptions. Take the idea, sit down with the kids, and RUN WITH IT! Have fun!

1. Partially pre-made "photo album recipe book" with recipes in it using index cards
2. Wooden toy chest or stacking organizing boxes
3. Leather-bound book (pages home-sewed too)
4. Various (blank inside) hand-made stationary
5. Body-care kit (lotion, soap, bath salts, bath bombs, soap-cozy, lip gloss, deodorant)
6. Birdhouse
7. Hair accessories (beads, sewed, etc.)
8. Jewelry
9. Food in a jar
10. Notes in a jar
11. Quilt
12. Doll clothes
13. Simple girls' skirt/dress
14. Framed art picture, poem, or saying (painted, colored, pressed flowers, etc.)
15. Homemade play-dough
16. Pre-made healthy snack/dessert/meal (frozen, canned, dried, "just add water", etc.)
17. Sewed purse
18. Cute guitar-string wiping cloth
19. Wind chime
20. Wooden car/truck toy (ride-able size?)
21. Wooden toy blocks
22. Dog/cat treats
23. Pretty doily
24. Tool-box
25. Jewelry box
26. Family/individual picture, framed
27. Water-paints
28. Pick-up-Sticks game
29. Mancala game
30. Hacky-sacks
31. Braided rug
32. "Favorite Crafts" book with all your favorite craft ideas in it
33. Wooden toy horse barn
34. Windowsill herbs in cute pots
35. Make computer game on the program called GameMaker (I remember this neat program from my younger years)
36.Make a home-movie
37. Make a home-cd of you singing music
38. Painted coffee mug, plate, or bowl (and glazed)
39. Princess crown
40. Write on a whole roll of toilet paper for a funny (don't make holes!)
41. Wall hanging (paper, wood, metal, cloth, etc.)
42. Write a book
43. Garden seed organizer container (for big and small seeds)
44. Sewed slippers
45. Cute or manly tack-board
46. Washcloth/scrubby (knit or crochet)
47. Paint a glass vase/bottle
48. Sidewalk chalk
49. Kids' baking apron
50. Bird bath (mold from concrete)
51. Wooden bowls (via lathe)
52. Chair
53. Baby-doll bed
54. Cedar picture-frame
55. Glass board used like a white-board (hang it on the wall and it looks nifty)
57. Simple wooden bench (to put by back door for shoes, plus storage space, etc)
58. Flower arbor
59. Leather knife sheath
60. Woven bike basket
61. Bobsled
62. Cool bookends
63. Christmas ornaments
64. Kite
65. Leather-braided watch band
66. Simple wooden medicine cabinet
67. Simple hand-propelled merry-go-round (popular mechanics volume 6, back of book)
68. Outdoor rotating worm bin
69. CD holder
70. Wooden child's play house
71. Clothes hamper
72. Make essential oils
73. Hammok

   Share some of your ideas with us!

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  1. Nice list! I planned out my "gifts to make" last month :) Bath fizzies (from your tutorial!) for our sisters, no sew fleece blankets for our brothers & something canned (probably jam or pearsauce) for everyone else! :)

  2. @Heather

    Nifty! Yeah, making home-made gifts makes people have to think in advance - that's for sure.

    You've got some neat ideas too. We did a no-sew fleece pillow for a cousin one year. That was fun.

    Awww! Glad you can use that bath fizzies recipe! They are just so fun, and they seem like a "fancy" thing to give. That's always a good bonus when it comes to home-made gifts. Who ever said home-made can't be classy? :D

  3. Hi sister in christ!

    loved these ideas!
    I stumbled apon your blog through homemaker-by-choice's blog. And you and I seem very similar! I also try to pursuit womanhood like you do! And I love that you try putting up a lot of pictures as well, i do to, because that makes it more easy to read through sometimes, even though I don't write much but I just add pictures! Anyway, just wanted to say that I like your blog and will follow it! :D

  4. @Ina

    Hi! I'm so glad you like my blog. Thanks :D

    I love taking pictures, so that's why I use them. Plus I think it makes the blog more interesting!

    Well you say we are alike, so I better go check out your blog now :D


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