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Simple Homemade Gift Ideas

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The year my niece was born I made her a Christmas stocking.  I was talking about it at work and my boss said I was going to be that weird aunt that gave boring homemade gifts like clothes and sweaters that don’t fit.  

Then I showed him the Christmas stocking I made her and well, he retracted his statement pretty quickly.  In fact one of my other bosses even wanted me to make stockings for each of his four kids.   

Homemade gifts are a great way to give a personalized gift.  They’re good gifts for the person who has everything, and they’re especially great for kids to give.  

They can be a good way to save money too, but you have to be mindful of the expense of the supplies needed to make them.  If it’s something you do anyway, or you have the supplies on hand, you don’t have to worry about this.  But if you have to go out and buy a bunch of tools you might want to consider the extra expense.

55 Simple Homemade Gift Ideas

Home made gifts don’t have to be weird, boring, or useless junk.  Here’s a list of some great gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Food

1. Baked goods:  cookies, sweet bread, muffins, pies
2. Canned goods:  Sparkling Holiday Jam, jelly, pickles, relish, salsa, fruit, vegetables, pasta sauce
3. Home cooked frozen meals – chicken pot pie, lasagna, macaroni & cheese, soup, casserole
4. Hot cocoa stirring spoons
5. Spice mixes:  taco seasoning, salad dressing, steak/chicken marinade, rubs, 
6. Drink mixes:  hot cocoa mix, chai tea latte, cappuccino mix

7. Soup mix in a jar:  chicken noodle, minestrone, chicken tortilla, 
8. Baking mix in a jar:  brownies, cookies, pancake mix, waffle mix
9. In fused oils
10. Vanilla extract

Crafts

11. Pot holders
12. Knit/crochet hats and gloves
13. Coasters
14. Travel toiletries bag
15. Luggage tags
16. Artwork:  painting, drawing
17. Personalized gift tags (for someone who makes homemade gifts)
18. Blank inside greeting cards
19. Personalized Welcome sign
20. Personalized wall decor
21. Personalized tea towels
22. Decorated T-shirt
23. First Christmas ornament (baby, wedding, house)
24. Personalized ornament (scrabble name)
25. Kitchen signs
26. Photo calendar
27. Photo collage/wreath
28. Body scrub in a jar

Gift Baskets & Gift Sets

Check out these handy gift basket kits and make one the gift baskets below for an easy homemade gift.

29. Bath set (fancy soap, loofah, bubble bath or bath fizz, lotion)
30. Shaving kit (men or women)
31. Fruit
32. Baked goods
33. Wine (wine, wine glass, cork screw, stopper)
34. Cheese & Crackers (small cutting board and knife, cheeses, crackers)
35. Jam (a variety of jams and jellies)
36. Liquor (a variety of small bottles of liquor, a bottle and a couple of glasses, book on making cocktails and drink mixer)
37. Coffee (a variety of coffees, mugs, flavored syrups or creamers)
38. Ice cream sundae kit (hot fudge, caramel topping, strawberry topping, nuts, cherries, gift certificate for a 1/2 gallon of ice cream)
39. Board games 
40. Movie night (DVD, popcorn, and candy)
41. Candles
42. Books
43. Lottery tickets
44. Pajama party
45. Dinner (frozen steak, sides, rolls, dessert)
46. Breakfast (pancakes, maple syrup)
47. Baking (cookie mix, pot holder, spatula)
48. Homemade food (any home cooked food that can easily be transported, stored and re-heated)

Sewing

49. Christmas stocking
50. Throw pillow
51. Placemats
52. Table runner

Camping Gear

53. Shower lanyard
54. Bucket light
55. Fire starters

Wrap it up

Special packaging will give your gift that extra something that takes your homemade gift from dull to dazzling!

A pretty container, nice wrapping paper, and a bow will go a long way to making your gift extra special.

I’d love to hear from you!  What’s your favorite homemade gift to receive?  Comment below!

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