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Homemade Christmas gifts

kasdenkasden Posts: 1,040Registered Users Curl Neophyte
It's not too early to start thinking about this, is it?

Please post your ideas for homemade Christmas gifts whether it's food, crafts, or whatever! Please include recipes! :reindeer:

I just came across a fabulous idea and wanted to share with all my curly girlfriends. I'm so excited!!!!

I'm going to make these hanging lamps for my nieces and nephews (ages 10 - 15) for Christmas. I have a pretty vivid imagination...imagine maybe a Superman t-shirt for a boy, tie-dye, or maybe a frilly dress for a girl (we have both tomboys and girly girls in our family). The originals cost $283, but you could make one for about $10! I might even take it an extra step further and paint the hanger. Not too fond of the shirt on this one, let your imagination run wild! Of course they can change the shirt to whatever they want. Here's a link to the tutorial. Easy, cheap, and a fun gift for kids = SCORE!

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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    I do different types of food depending on what I'm in the mood to make.
    I've done eggnog, hot fudge sauce, homemade Nutella, cookies, cakes, marshmallows, caramels, nougat, and so on. Depends on the year.
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  • MysticSpiralMysticSpiral Posts: 1,024Registered Users
    I usually just decoupage something. Last year was coffee mugs, I would put super heroes, birds, cats, in one case Dolly Parton, WWE Wrestling people, and seal it to make a themed coffee mug. If you do it right it looks real professional.

    For babies I often make washcloth puppets though, or one of those blankets that have a stuff animal in the middle so the baby can drag it easily. An elephant one became my cousin's security blanket, so that was pretty cool. He's five now, and 'Lephan' stays folded up in a 'secret compartment' of his backpack, so he can take it to school without getting teased.
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  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    For homemade gifts I usually do drawings, or beaded jewelry. There are a few techniques I know that are very simple to do, and very easy to make very elaborate looking, like peyote bracelets or netted necklaces.
  • kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
    I knit, so people tend to end up with socks/mittens/hats/etc. I have a pair of gorgeous traditional Norwegian stranded mittens that I'm going to start on for my aunt the very second I can get ahold of the yarn.
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  • MysticSpiralMysticSpiral Posts: 1,024Registered Users
    I crochet (could never get the hold on knitting), but I always hated making crocheted gifts. Maybe because of my huge family, the sheer amount of time/energy always leaves me exhausted, hand cramped, and the tail end of the presents always end up sloppy.
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  • kenzie!kenzie! Posts: 5,055Registered Users
    I crochet (could never get the hold on knitting), but I always hated making crocheted gifts. Maybe because of my huge family, the sheer amount of time/energy always leaves me exhausted, hand cramped, and the tail end of the presents always end up sloppy.

    I have a pretty large family too, but I make a point to only knit for the people that I know will take care of hand-knits, so it isn't too horrid. And if I don't want to do something, I don't do it. I also don't promise anything to anyone, so if it doesn't get finished and I end up buying a gift no one has hurt feelings.

    And I think it's funny that you can't pick up knitting--I have NEVER been able to get the hang of crochet, despite several people trying to teach me. I keep seeing all this cute crocheted stuff that I want to make, and I can't do it.
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    My sister and I made these for a bunch of people last year: not martha — to make: marble magnets

    They were a HUGE hit, and really pretty easy to make. Plus, it was strangely gratifying to smoosh the marble thing onto the magnet, because of the silicone glue!

    This year, we're thinking about making wine glass markers/charms. :)

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  • kasdenkasden Posts: 1,040Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    SCG wrote: »
    My sister and I made these for a bunch of people last year: not martha — to make: marble magnets

    They were a HUGE hit, and really pretty easy to make. Plus, it was strangely gratifying to smoosh the marble thing onto the magnet, because of the silicone glue!

    This year, we're thinking about making wine glass markers/charms. :)

    Great idea! It reminded me of some "stained glass" wine glasses I made a few years ago. I taped an outline of a bunch of grapes with leaves on the inside of the wine glass, then used the lead colored stained glass paint and went over it. Waited until it dried, then filled in the leaves with green and the grapes with purple. They were a huge hit!
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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 8,470Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    Y'all are so creative!

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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,937Registered Users
    My brother and I are going to make some bent wood coffee sleeve/bracelets. I've seen some I love but they're super expensive and he assures me he has a good method that should work.
  • cailincailin Posts: 898Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I crochet, and this year I think I'll be making christmas stockings for the kids with their names on them.
  • pedahehpedaheh Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    I used to make gifts like mulled wine or ice cream toppings. I'd tell people to use within one month and come back 6 months to one year latter to find it still there. Me "You have to throw that away!" Them "Nah, it is still good." People are so used to chemical preservatives that they just don't get it. I've since switched to gifts that won't kill my friends.

    Now I do popcorn with a Whirley pop.
    Whirley Pop Popcorn Poppers, Popcorn Makers and Gift Sets from Wabash Valley Farms
    I make red/green popcorn (food coloring, oil, sugar, pinch of salt), cinnamon sugar popcorn (same ingredients minus food coloring, plus cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top), and red hot popcorn (oil and red hot candies). The popcorn is like popcorn covered with a crunchy sugar coating.
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    kasden wrote: »
    It's not too early to start thinking about this, is it?

    Please post your ideas for homemade Christmas gifts whether it's food, crafts, or whatever! Please include recipes! :reindeer:

    I just came across a fabulous idea and wanted to share with all my curly girlfriends. I'm so excited!!!!

    I'm going to make these hanging lamps for my nieces and nephews (ages 10 - 15) for Christmas. I have a pretty vivid imagination...imagine maybe a Superman t-shirt for a boy, tie-dye, or maybe a frilly dress for a girl (we have both tomboys and girly girls in our family). The originals cost $283, but you could make one for about $10! I might even take it an extra step further and paint the hanger. Not too fond of the shirt on this one, let your imagination run wild! Of course they can change the shirt to whatever they want. Here's a link to the tutorial. Easy, cheap, and a fun gift for kids = SCORE!

    hangerlamp_final.jpg

    Am I the only one that thinks that looks like a fire hazzard?
    I think that I deceive genius.:happy10:
  • roseannadanaroseannadana Posts: 5,632Registered Users
    No, not the only one! It's cool but I doubt I could leave the room with it turned on. :)

    Once again, though, I am thoroughly impressed with the creativity of curly heads!

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  • cailincailin Posts: 898Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    pedaheh wrote: »
    I used to make gifts like mulled wine or ice cream toppings. I'd tell people to use within one month and come back 6 months to one year latter to find it still there. Me "You have to throw that away!" Them "Nah, it is still good." People are so used to chemical preservatives that they just don't get it. I've since switched to gifts that won't kill my friends. /QUOTE]

    Haha! "Happy Holidays! I hope you like botulism!"
  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    pedaheh wrote: »
    I used to make gifts like mulled wine or ice cream toppings. I'd tell people to use within one month and come back 6 months to one year latter to find it still there. Me "You have to throw that away!" Them "Nah, it is still good." People are so used to chemical preservatives that they just don't get it. I've since switched to gifts that won't kill my friends.

    I have the opposite problem. I'm very aware of how long food lasts, the people who give them to me either aren't or don't care. I can not tell you how many times I've been given large quantities of perishables. It's ridiculous.
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    I think I'll make glazed cinnamon biscuits for everyone this year. The ones I'm think off are german but I can't remember what they're called.

    Maybe gingerbread too.
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  • Rubber BiscuitRubber Biscuit Posts: 1,294Registered Users
    I've started making an ornament for the tree plus homemade goodies as gifts. I'm tired of wasting money/time/energy and everyone seems happy with this combo!

    Last year I made kimekomi balls into ornaments. It is time consuming but worth it! Basically, you carve grooves into a styrafoam ball, and tuck fabric into the grooves, then cover the grooves with pretty trim.

    This year I'm making mini snow globes as ornaments. And peppermint bark.
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    When we lived within driving distance of family/friend I'd always make a ton of food goodies and give everyone a variety of them, most times packaged in or on something they could reuse so that was part of the gift.

    Now that we don't live near anyone we exchange gifts with I don't make anything, but I've wanted to try those magnets SCG liked to. It's great how easy they would be to customize for each person.

    Maybe I'd make some small magnetized chalkboards to go with them and include some chalk wrapped up with twine because it's cute.

    These decor blocks would be cute.

    And something like these rolled fabric flowers would be cute for little girls or women with a pin added to the back or glued on a headband.

    After years of having to use the dining table as my craft area and having the pain of never being able to leave a project and supplies out, I'm finally getting my very own craft desk today and I'm so excited. I guess I'll be making gifts for...myself? :lol:
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  • kasdenkasden Posts: 1,040Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    cyndi wrote: »

    hangerlamp_final.jpg

    Am I the only one that thinks that looks like a fire hazzard?

    I thought the same thing, but after reading the tutorial I found out that you build in a spreader plate under the hanger - the bulb doesn't touch the fabric. It's also a really small, low watt bulb.
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  • roseannadanaroseannadana Posts: 5,632Registered Users
    SCG wrote: »
    My sister and I made these for a bunch of people last year: not martha — to make: marble magnets

    They were a HUGE hit, and really pretty easy to make. Plus, it was strangely gratifying to smoosh the marble thing onto the magnet, because of the silicone glue!

    This year, we're thinking about making wine glass markers/charms. :)
    I wanted to mention how much I am enjoying that "not martha" link. Really neat stuff! :)

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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    kasden wrote: »
    cyndi wrote: »

    hangerlamp_final.jpg

    Am I the only one that thinks that looks like a fire hazzard?

    I thought the same thing, but after reading the tutorial I found out that you build in a spreader plate under the hanger - the bulb doesn't touch the fabric. It's also a really small, low watt bulb.

    I still don't think it's a good idea. I wouldn't leave it unsupervised...and I especially wouldn't trust a child, or even a teen, with it.
    I think that I deceive genius.:happy10:
  • VerityVerity Posts: 616Registered Users
    Maybe people should rethink food as gifts. Lots of people struggle with weight and probably don't want to have a lot of extra temptation in the house. If you do food, what about something that doesn't go bad quickly and can be used later, like soup or cookie mix in a jar?
  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Posts: 2,954Registered Users
    I usually do food baskets for my husband's secretary and close friends and neighbors. Usually I make around 3 or 4 at the most.

    I include things that can be frozen for later use...I make cheeseballs, chocolate covered pretzels, and chex mix. Then I usually include either brownies or cookies. I"m thinking this year of making pumkin bread or muffins (which can be frozen). I often include things like mints, something for those with kids.... This Christmas...work may be crazy so I may have to do something else.
  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Verity wrote: »
    Maybe people should rethink food as gifts. Lots of people struggle with weight and probably don't want to have a lot of extra temptation in the house. If you do food, what about something that doesn't go bad quickly and can be used later, like soup or cookie mix in a jar?

    It's the holidays! It's the time for cooking and baking.

    IMO if someone doesn't want it, or is on a diet, they can choose to give it away to someone else.

    Giving food for the holidays is what it's all about!


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  • roseannadanaroseannadana Posts: 5,632Registered Users
    I love to receive food gifts because they are consumable. But I would never give candy or sweets to someone that I absolutely knew wouldn't like or use it.

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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    Ok, I was flipping through Cooking Light today, and came across these things called "Hot Chocolate on a Stick" and they seem like they'd be such a cute gift to give!

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    You heat up milk, and then stir these into them, and you've got hot chocolate! They seem fairly easy to make... And I bet they'd be cute all wrapped up!

    Recipe I found: HOT CHOCOLATE ON A STICK recipe | giverslog

    ETA: Weird! I didn't even notice, but the site that made this recipe/tutorial is apparently the company whose hot chocolate on a stick was featured in the magazine!

    And there are so many different molds out there to pick from!

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  • KurlyPrincessKurlyPrincess Posts: 1,847Registered Users
    My sister made a bunch of crocheted hats like this really fast, and they're really cute...

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