The holidays are right around the corner. It is hard to believe that it is only a week until Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it. With the way that the economy is today, I believe that more people will be turning to homemade gifts this year. They may choose to use their special crafting abilities or even to share some homemade baked goods. Over the next few days I will be sharing some different gifts that my family has used over the years that make remarkable gifts. Our family has an unusual tradition; we set themes for Christmas every year. A few of the themes that we have used are recycled gifts and homemade gifts. Using different themes for Christmas makes it fun and yet challenging at the same time! You will be amazed at what people can come up with when they really have to think about a gift.
When we did the recycled gifts, that year you had to find at least one gift for everyone that either someone had given you or that you bought used. I did a lot of shopping at consignment stores, thrift stores, and even eBay. I found some great gifts! I remember I got the kids X-Box games used at Game Stop. I got my Mother a bread maker on eBay. Then I bought my husband a TV at the pawn shop. I know this all sounds kind of strange! I thought my Mother was crazy when she came up with this idea!!! I mean can you imagine what I was thinking, used gifts for Christmas?!?! But you know I saved a ton of cash and got some really great gifts that my family loved!
Then another year she came up with the idea that we had to do homemade gifts. You either had to bake something or make something! I was really surprised with the gifts that were made that year. One thing that my mother has made for years is a homemade room freshener. I can tell you that this gift is great for Christmas Parties and Housewarming Parties!
The items that you need can be found at your local dollar store. You will need a nice vase, doily, potpourri, small string of Christmas lights, and some ribbon. This gift will cost you about $8.00. Plus, it is really easy to make! You take the vase and put in a little of the potpourri in the bottom of the jar. Then you start by adding in some of the Christmas lights. You then continue to add potpourri and placing the lights throughout the jar. When you have the jar completely filled, you cover the top of the jar with the doily (make sure to leave the cord with the plug end hanging out over the edge of the jar) and secure the doily in place with the ribbon tied neatly in a bow.
The year that she did homemade gifts was a little bit more difficult for me! I turned to my trusty computer and started searching for crafty gift ideas. I found some really cute items that made everyone laugh! One thing I made that year was a wire whisk filled with Hershey Kisses with a gift tag that read “We Whisk You A Merry Kiss-Mas!”
I would have to say that my favorite one has been the Snowman Poop. I put this one in my Brother’s stocking. You should have seen his face. I had not seen him laugh that hard in years! The Snowman Poop was nothing but marshmallows placed in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon. What made it so cute was a poem that I had found. The poem read ” I hear you’ve been naughty. So listen, here’s the scoop. I’m running short on coal this year, so you get Snowman Poop. Love, Santa ”
For our office Christmas Party I found a great homemade gift that everyone loved. I went to dollar tree and picked up six Christmas decorated coffee mugs, a box of hot chocolate, package of candy canes, package of cellophane bags, package of Hershey Kisses, package of marshmallows and ribbon. Then I attached the printable gift tag for Snowman Soup. For six gifts I only paid around $15.00 and everyone at the office loved it!