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Homemade gift ideas

Homemade gifts take some time and care, which is why they are more special than something store-bought.  Here are some ideas to spark creativity.  Browse the internet for tutorials and recipes.

  • Flavored salts, such as wild mushrooms, ancho chilies, garam masala
  • Gourmet marshmallows
  • Granola with tangy cranberries and apricots
  • Mini cheesecakes
  • Herbal tea with lemon balm, chamomile, passionflower and rosebuds or rose petals
  • Citrus marmalade
  • Sweet and spicy coated nuts with maple syrup, butter, salt, vanilla and cayenne
  • Hot chocolate stirrers, such as candy canes dipped in melted chocolate
  • Stovetop potpourri in a cute little jar
  • Hot cocoa mix layered in a jar
  • Jarred spice blends
  • Photo ornaments
  • Air fresheners made with fabric, essential oil and twine
  • Cookie cutters filled with candy like a charcuterie board
  • Garland made with pine cones from the yard, sprayed with gold paint
  • Snow globe in a mason jar
  • Ornaments made from cardboard patterns covered in fabric scraps
  • Soy wax candle in a jar or teacup
  • Bottle stopper made from part of an old trophy
  • Ceramic tile coasters with decoupaged photos
  • Pressed flowers in a glass frame
  • Jar of sugar body scrub
  • Cookie cutters connected with ribbon to make a wreath
  • A coupon book with activities and dates to share with a loved one

If baking or creating is not of interest, there are many other ways to give a personal gift.  Consider having a gift made with family photos.  A blanket, pillow, table runner or even a coffee mug can all be made special with cherished photos.  Making a photo book or calendar online with photos is simple and will bring a smile to the recipients through the coming year.  Have a favorite family recipe?  Have the recipe printed on hand towels or aprons to give as gifts.  Any of these thoughtful gifts will bring joy.





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