The holiday season has arrived! You know what else is here? A tough economy with lots of people out of work. Thinking about surviving the holiday season without going broke is a big stress for most of us. That’s why I’ll be making lots of holiday gifts this season. Here’s 10 things on my list which I can’t wait to work on.
#1 – Baked Goods
It’s really hard to go wrong with a tried and true baked good. It’s all about taste and presentation you know? Homemade chocolate chip pumpkin bread has become a favorite of my friends and family. Going all out on homemade cookies can also impress your friends and family. Mason jars act as a great vessel to present your wonderfully delicious baked treats. With the treats inside and a ribbon garnishing the outside, plus a heartfelt message, this gift is a great one.
#2 – Bath Salts
Recipes for homemade bath salts are easy to find online. They usually consist of mixing Epson salts, essential oils and baking soda together. It’s good to place these in airtight containers like your mason jars. Shop around on the Internet for a free recipe and go all out.
#3 – Reusable Shopping Bags
My city recently banned plastic shopping bags. I’m fine with that, but I don’t really want to use the store brand reusable bags. With some basic sewing skills and quality fabrics I’ve made a handful of reusable bags that have gotten a lot of compliments. This year I will be sewing a few for some friends who like my bags.
#4 – Ornaments
Finding plain Christmas tree ornaments at the store is easy and inexpensive. If you have some art supplies, glitter and lace material help, you can make homemade ornament balls. It’s fun and easy, plus its totally unique because it is handmade, sweet!
#5 – Snow Globes
Homemade snow globes are also pretty easy to make. Big jars, like those big marinara jars, are a great place to start. Then get creative and find some fun plastic or ceramic things you can put in your jars. Pictures of the family are great to add also. Then fill up your jar with water, glitter, and some glycerin. Boom, homemade snow globes!
#6 – Calendars
Creating a homemade calendar for that special someone who goes to the office everyday is a nice reminder of how much you love them. Creating a custom calendar is best done online with some software tools. It’s super fun to pick out pictures and write messages on them for each month of the year.
#7 – Hair clips
With a little bit of pretty fabric and a cheap hair clip you can quickly make a beautiful adornment for anyone’s hair. Best of all, these can usually be made with fabrics found around the home.
#8 – Sewing Kits
If you’re feeling crafty you can make your own sewing kit to gift out. Simply take a mason jar. Fill it with essentials sewing items. Play some fabric on the outside of the mason jar lid. Fill the fabric with some cotton till it is puffy making the pin cushion. Use a glue gun to secure any loose ends. An there you go, a nice little sewing gift.
9 – Peppermint Marshmallows
Homemade marshmallows are fantastic. Making your own isn’t that difficult. I found a wonderful recipe online that makes great peppermint marshmallows. Package them up and give them away to unsuspecting people, it will make their day bright.
10 – Candles
Making homemade candles isn’t anything new, but everyone seems to loves them. With countless of homemade candle recipes online you can’t go wrong. Find one that looks doable and go for it.
Mikkie Mills is a Chicago native and mother of two. ;She often blogs about crafts and other DIY projects. ;Connect with her on Google + or on Twitter (@DollarHacks).