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Hello all -
I've been knitting and crocheting for a while now, so friends and family have been receiving handmade items from me for Christmases and birthdays. Mostly I knit scarves and cotton washcloths, as they are simple and don't require special measurements.
I'm wondering if there are other things people make that are homemade or handmade for Christmas gifts that I might do instead, for some variety? It doesn't have to be of the knitted/crocheted variety, I'm open to learning a new hobby!
Sunday 27 November 2011 09:42:44 am
Lately we've been giving away some of our canned jams and maple syrup for Christmas, but this isn't the time of year to decide to do that unless you already have canned food in your pantry. I've also layered different types of dried beans (kidney, pinto, black, etc) in a pint canning jar along with a recipe card as part of a gift basket of food.
I'd love to hear what others have to say on this topic because I'm also looking for new ideas!
Sunday 27 November 2011 10:22:52 am
I am making and canning jalapeno cajeta that I copied from the ADGA wine and cheese reception, making homemade soap and lip balm, and queso fresco in olive oil with sundried tomatoes.
Sunday 27 November 2011 05:11:29 pm
Can you share the jalapeno cajeta recipe? I've been wanting to make something like that ever since I first heard about habanero cajeta. I know the basics of making cajeta, so my real question is how do you get the pepper flavor in there?
Sunday 27 November 2011 05:21:36 pm
My son and I have been making bath bombs. They are fun and easy and we plan to give them to his teachers and friends that help us out throughout the year. (If he doesn't use them all before Christmas!) We are also planning to make bath salts.
Monday 28 November 2011 09:56:12 am
Fleece handwarmers - cut two pieces of fleece in whatever shape desired, sew together, and fill with rice. Zap in the microwave or put on top of the woodstove and wa-lah! Handwarmers
Monday 28 November 2011 05:45:51 pm
We make goats milk soap (milk from our goats). It's a great gift. We wrap it in really cool ribbon with a special label. Fun!!
Wednesday 30 November 2011 06:16:52 pm
We can extra catsup and apple butter in the fall to use as gifts at the holidays. Little fabric hats on the jars make them cute and festive.
Thursday 01 December 2011 07:00:47 am
Margaret, I've been seeing knitted/crocheted iPad and tablet covers. The Kindle type things might be good too. You'd be combining traditional arts with the tech revolution
Thursday 01 December 2011 09:08:06 am
I like to make handmade candy for christmas. For example last year I started making chocolate covered caramel with a sprinke of sea salt. Different barks are always very easy and tasty as well. I enjoy making jars of sea salt caramel sauce also which was my thanksgiving hostess gifts this year. I love all of your posted ideas by the way!!! One of you suggested Maple syrup. I also jar Maple syrup but I have already given it all out as gifts and consumed the rest. So I will have to keep that in mind for a christmas gift for next year.
Thursday 01 December 2011 11:05:51 am
We'll be giving out pepper jelly made with homegrown peppers and hand-knitting dishcloths that my mom swears are the best things for washing dishes. Random, I know, but hopefully everyone will be happy.
Thursday 01 December 2011 01:20:46 pm
I am sewing aprons to gift to with cookie mixes, cookies, and possible a small cast iron pan. I wish I had enough from the garden this year to can gifts - maybe next year!
Saturday 03 December 2011 11:22:29 am
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I wanted to announce the random winner of a copy of Homegrown and Handmade is Heidi Nawrocki. Thank you all for your participation. We hope to hear from you again soon. Our next guest is the author of The Non-Toxic Avenger, What you Don't know Can Hurt You, Deanna Duke.