Top 5 Homemade Holiday Gifts

IMG_4513Hey Y’all!

It’s here!! My top 5 homemade holiday gifts for 2014! When gift giving, its always the thought that counts. Sometimes that thought is for something new and sometimes its for something made with love from your own two hands. I personally like to make a mix and match of the two for Christmas gifts. This year I am making and sending out Christmas cards, for most people, that is the made with love item. Others will be getting different and more personalized homemade gifts.

In the process of doing this, one gift has slipped out, and Trevor now knows one of his gifts.. but such is life when you have a blog and are sharing your day to day endeavors with the world.

My number 1 pick for homemade gifts:

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Homemade heating packs. Perfect gift for anyone who lives in the cold, anyone who works out, and anyone who has muscle cramps that need to be relaxed. These are a simple sewing project, 4 side seams and 2-5 baffle seams. I have found that almost any fabric works with these packs as long as it has a little bit of weight to it, ie Minky fabric, sweatshirt material, sturdy cotton with limited stretch ect.

Number 2 Pick:

IMG_4501Stretch lace headbands! These are quick and easy to sew. The elasticity in the lace helps when you are not sure what size the person’s head is. These are great for babies, little kids, big kids, and grown ups. Easy to DIY or fairly inexpensive to purchase if sewing is a struggle for you.

Number 3 Pick:

IMG_4502Handmade beanies and headbands. These can also be for any age group. As a personal preference I crochet beanies and headbands while I knit blankets and scarfs. Either way each stitch is made with love and warmth for the gifts recipient.

Number 4 Pick:

IMG_4503Mason Jar Gifts. If you can fit it inside a mason jar, its probably going to be a good gift. Above is a white chocolate lemon cookie mix mason jar. Don’t forget the baking instructions if you choose a cookie or cake mix mason jar gift! But there are many other ideas to be uses with this universal vessel:

  • manicure in a jar
  • sunshine in a jar (everything yellow and sunshine-y)
  • mistle “toes” pedicure in a jar
  • teachers gifts… correcting pens, sharpies, pencils, and maybe some Tylenol..ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • fishing/outdoors kits

Number 5 Pick:

IMG_4504Most peoples go-to homemade holiday gift…baked goods. Its an oldy but a goody!!! Bake up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, ginger snaps, gingerbread men, fruit cake, spritz cookies, or Kahlua spiked fudge. Mix and match the cookies and deliver to friends and neighbors in festive Tupperware containers or cellophane bags.

Put a twist on it! Whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, roll into balls and freeze in a festive container. Layer the cookie dough balls with parchment paper in between, keep cold, and deliver with baking instructions!

**Always make sure to label your baked goods if they have nuts or nut flours. Nut allergies are some of the most common and most deadly food allergies**

Well Y’all were at the end of another post! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Top 5 Homemade Holiday Gifts. Stay tuned for the Christmas card tutorial!

Whitney

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