Homemade Presents for Christmas-Updated!

Now that we’re a full month out from Christmas, I thought I’d share our “homemade” Christmas gifts with you. Our house was a mess from the time we moved in in late October until… ummm, actually, there are still boxes that need to be unpacked. But, we managed to give some pretty cool and personalized gifts. In the end, I don’t think we saved very much money, but the gifts we gave were definitely worth far more than anything we would have been able to purchase for the same amount. I thrifted/repurposed/cleared out my stash for most of these projects, so not only did we end up with a fairly inexpensive gift list, but also with a very “green” holiday!  Helped to offset our vapid consumerism the rest of the year, I suppose!  We probably won’t go to this extreme in the future, but will definitely add homemade touches and do a few things here and there!

The list:

  • Handkerchiefs, both two sided with flannel and unhemmed hand dyed knit
  • Pocket squares
  • Shaving cream
  • Wool cooler cups/koozies (I learned how to do a blanket stitch for those!)
  • Apple cider mustard
  • Alcohol:  black pepper vodka, ginger-orange rum, creamsicle rum, cranberry vodka, cherry bounce
  • Vanilla extract
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Pajama pants
  • Spiced nuts
  • About a million vanilla-peppermint soy candles
  • Vanilla-peppermint lip balm
  • Frosted votive candle holders
  • Scarves, scarves, more scarves, and flower pins
  • “Cream of everything” soup mix
  • Star crayons for Meg’s school friends
  • Cloth napkins
  • Framed handprints
  • Granola
  • Coffee Beans (ok, not made by us, but by people we know!!)

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