Ideas for Giving Homemade Gifts This Christmas

Ideas for Giving Homemade Gifts This Christmas

Everyone loves receiving gifts around the holidays, but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with gift ideas. This year, try giving a handmade gift — you can put them together yourself and they’ll be even more special because of your personal touch! Here are some stocking stuffer ideas:

Gifts that help around the house

A Pocket Handkerchief: If you sew or know someone who does, take a few pieces of cloth and blanket stitch them together. Add a button to complete the gift!

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts: There are so many cute things you can make with toilet paper rolls — try creating teensy snowflakes, animal shapes (elephants, giraffes, birds), a mini mosaic picture frame, or a toilet paper roll topiary.

Gifts that help you feel better

Moisturizing Lip Balm: Melt a tablespoon of petroleum jelly with a teaspoon each of beeswax and oil (olive oil will do). Add in 5 drops of essential oil, such as peppermint. Let them set in a jar and use to keep lips moisturized all winter long!

Cough Drops: Make your own soothers with this recipe: Combine ½ cup dried thyme and 1 cup of honey in a saucepan. Simmer until the volume is reduced by half. Turn off heat and add 1 cup of water. Let the mixture cool, then strain out the thyme. Pour into a mold or candy paper and enjoy!

Gifts that are fun to wear

Glove Clips: These are removable clips that you put on gloves so they don’t slip off your hands. Cut two rectangles from fabric, about 2″ by 6″. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides out. Sew along the side and bottom. Turn inside out, then sew a casing for your elastic at the top with a small hole. Turn right side out again through the hole, then insert elastic and sew the opening shut.

Cuticle Cream: Melt together shea butter and coconut oil — while they’re still melted, add in a few drops of almond oil and vitamin E. Pour into a jar or tin for moisturized cuticles all winter long.

Fleece Mitts: Buy fleece at your local craft store and cut out five 4″ by 6″ rectangles. Sew three of them together, then crochet around the outside with a ch/dc (check it out on YouTube if you don’t know how to do this stitch) or use double crochet stitches. Fold the rectangle in half and sew the edges closed.

Gifts that you can eat

Chocolate Toffee: Chop up 12 oz of chocolate into a saucepan, then add toffee bits and stir over low heat until melted. Pour onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet and let cool. Once it’s set, break apart and enjoy!

Double Chocolate Energy Bites: Blend together 2/3 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, ½ cup ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons honey. Once blended, add in ½ cup of mini chocolate chips and roll into balls. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.