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    michEgan
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:05 am
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    Hi everyone, soon we will be in the Christmas season. I was thinking, things have been extrememly tough this year with work, and the economy is so bad here. I purchased a book called Christmas Gifts of Good Taste. It is filled with wonderful recipes and pictures of really nice gifts to make food wise. With things so tough now, I think that will be the way I go this year.

    My top choices are
    Colorful Antipasto, this looks beautiful in a jar!
    Berry Good Beverage. A lovely cranberry liquid, you mix with ginger ale. Really pretty with all those real berries in it.
    Dry mixes for cakes and cookies
    and some very good seasoning packs and cranberry vinegar.
    Just looking for the right container will be fun too!

    Anyone else do this instead of store bought gifts?
    4-H Mom
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:39 am
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    I have made quilts for some of my family. Been busy making candles. I love to receive homemade gifts.
    Felix4067
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:59 am
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    This year, my nieces are getting jewelry, and my great-nieces and -nephew are getting latch-hook rugs. In the past I've done rugs, pillows, custom-decorated picture frames, and various baked goods. My sisters, mom, and dad & stepmom always get my great-grandma's gingerbread. My big project for this year is to build my mother her own computer.
    Dib's
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:03 am
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    I've been doing this for the last 3 years. It's a huge hit. I buy some plain boxes from Michaels or Hobby Lobby and decoupage them-usually using colorful cloth paper and dried flowers-those I use for cookies or brownies..... always dry mixes, flavored coffee creamers, soups, jams and jellies..... and homemade Christmas ornaments.
    For the Christmas Ornaments I buy clear glass balls and pour in metalic craft paints, swirling a few colors around for a very pretty look, and I grow okra, dry it and paint for Santa's. I also make Gingerbread House gift baskets to be opened early so the kids in the family can make them for decoration.
    I am making 2 quilts for the youngest one's this year. His is a Car's theme with Jean Pockets sewn all over it to stash his cars, and her's is simply "fluff and lace".
    It's fun for me, thoughtful and personal.

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    ellie_
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:46 am
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    I made a lot of gifts this year -- mostly needlepoint -- but also some Christmas decorations. In the past I made up a basket with jellies/relishes and mixes.
    MaMere
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:51 am
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    For years in the past I made Christmas trays for friends/family..truffles, cookies, hot chocolate mix in a jar..

    My DH brews beer so a 6 pack of Christmas cheer also to those that partake..

    This year, I am still doing a goodie tray..but I am also going to make bath salts, scrubs, bombs etc for nieces (and me too, who am I trying to fool icon_wink.gif )
    NoraMarie
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:53 am
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    You know I think Christmas is so overblown these day.Don't blame you to go back to the old fashion ways.I would love to get homemade things.
    Myself I,m very lucky,I hardly have any gifts to buy.I make a Shoe box for the Samaritan's Purse but I pick things up all year.
    michEgan
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:03 pm
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    NoraMarie wrote:
    You know I think Christmas is so overblown these day.Don't blame you to go back to the old fashion ways.I would love to get homemade things.
    Myself I,m very lucky,I hardly have any gifts to buy.I make a Shoe box for the Samaritan's Purse but I pick things up all year.


    I am glad I am not the only one who feels this way too. I love a more family get together then making a big department store richer. I guess I am feeling different, I do not want to get caught up in the how big the gift is and go to more of a gift from the heart. I hope that makes sence! lol
    Watkinslady30
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:00 pm
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    I love to make homemade Christmas gifts for my family and friends. Last year, I made my little sister a cookbook with the help of Zaar of course. She uses it often. I'm thinking about making my brother one this year.

    I'm also scanning photo albums that I got from my parents that were in my deceased Grandma's house. I'm going to make new albums with restored photos so they are good for the next 100 years. I think I'm going to put them on DVDs too and make some movies.

    I also make homemade jams, cookies, and candies. I'm always being asked for homemade chocolate covered cherries, peanut clusters, and lots of other goodies. For the little ones, I'm going to make decorated paint cans filled with goodies like stickers and Hot Wheels.

    Lots of things going on here.
    tina rose
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:38 pm
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    *Z*
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:38 pm
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    I wish I knew if my homemade gifts were happily accepted. Two years ago the husband and I made my parents a pine cone wreath. We went out in the woods and hand selected the cones, dried them in the oven on low, glued them together, added the details and lacquered the whole thing so it would stay nice. Give it to them and I have never seen it since. icon_confused.gif
    Amanda Beth
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:49 pm
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    This year my neices and nephew will be getting hooded towels as part of their gifts. My sister in law's boyfriend is getting a homemade blanket as are my sister and father. I have other homemade plans this year too. I can make them exactly what I want, and don't have to try to find it made in a store for a price I don't want to pay.
    Ann Marie F
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:56 pm
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    *Z* wrote:
    I wish I knew if my homemade gifts were happily accepted. Two years ago the husband and I made my parents a pine cone wreath. We went out in the woods and hand selected the cones, dried them in the oven on low, glued them together, added the details and lacquered the whole thing so it would stay nice. Give it to them and I have never seen it since. icon_confused.gif

    Ingrates! If I received such a pretty and thoughtful gift you'd see it hanging on my door or inside from the day I received it. Or as a table decoration with a fat (battery operated) candle in the middle and some bling on it. Pine cones aren't necessarily just for Christmas. A pine cone wreath can be "dressed up" for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's. I'd probably even stick some silk ivy and flower springs in it to celebrate the transition from winter to early spring.
    Color Guard Mom
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:24 pm
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    I have been kicking this around for a while. Today I went to the Japanese market and bought 2 sets of rice bowls (5 in a set) that are on sale. I spent $25 for 10 bowls. In each bowl I am going to put some home made chocolates/candy (cellaphane wrapped, I think) and give them out. At the most it should run around $4 per person. Last year I gave out quilts and quilted coasters.

    Love reading everyone's ideas on here!
    Ann Marie F
    Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:42 pm
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    Years ago I found a recipe for champagne jelly in a magazine. I 'bottled' it in pretty champagne glasses, sprinkled some sparkly glitter over the wax tops, tied curling ribbon around the stem, and gave them as Christmas gifts. I gave each recipient 4 so they'd have a set of 4 glasses.
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