posted on Oct, 12 2016 @ 11:33 AM
Our family likes to give homemade gifts.
They are priceless when you consider the time & love that go into them! Not everyone has the time, talent or patience to do it either!
I've been making Kahlua to give at Christmas for years. Now that a couple of people in the family have to be gluten free, they appreciate the gf
Kahlua that I make even more. Haven't found that in a store yet!
My sister makes great wine, jelly, jam, candy & soap.
Back in the 80's, when everyone we knew was laid off from work & on unemployment, we said only handmade gifts & nothing more than a few dollars. We
wanted to see what we could come up with that was nice, but cost hardly anything! We all had lots of time but no money!
We all still talk about it. It was so much fun!
That was the best Christmas that we ever had!
My sister made Christmas tree decorations, crocheted slipper socks & neck warmers, made doll furniture from leftover pieces of plastic canvas & yarn,
canned soup & made soap.
Hubby made our son & nephew race tracks for their Matchbox cars from leftover scraps of wood & plywood that he had. Made a circle track with bridges &
overpasses. Then added trees & little animals that he got in a bag at the craft store for a buck. He carved little buildings out of blocks of wood &
even made road signs!
The boys are 42 & 36 now & they still have the tracks! Our nephew said his friends were so jealous! They got expensive, plastic, electric tracks that
either broke or burned out in a few weeks!
Our extended family has gotten so big now, that we draw names & exchange gifts. We still have a price limit though & when we write our names on the
piece of paper, we add a few gift suggestions. It really helps avoid buying stuff for buying's sake!
I always appreciate an Amazon gift certificate! I've given gc's for the greenhouse to the gardeners in the family. Last year my sister gave me one for
Goodwill! I was so excited! I didn't know they had them. We like to look for antiques & repurpose/reinvent things, but I don't have time to yard sale
much anymore, so that was perfect!
We have given local honey, maple syrup & homemade sauerkraut. Make up a basket or use a mixing bowl & put in a kitchen towel, maple syrup, pancake
ingredients or even a mix, a pancake turner, measuring cup etc.
For kids, a DVD with some snacks.
Really, you are only limited by your imagination.
And that is part of the fun! Also great for birthday or shower gifts. I keep a notebook all year & when anyone mentions something they like or are
into, it gets written in the book.
Their favorite color, foods, writers, singers...
Then when I need gift ideas I check the book.
It really takes the stress off!
And people are really impressed that you were paying attention & remembered what they like!
Holidays shouldn't be something to dread. And they shouldn't be financially draining either!
How did we get so far off track to begin with & buy into everything being so commercialized?
Even Halloween now, with all the store costumes.
I remember all the fun we had with our kids, coming up with our own costumes!
But that could be a whole 'nother thread!!!