Handmade Gifts From the Heart

| 12/13/2011 10:08:01 AM

This time of year can cause us all a great deal of stress … presents to buy, people to please, and it feels like there’s never enough money or time to go around. A few years ago I started keeping a “gift file” where I keep pages ripped from catalogs and notes on things I’ve seen throughout the year that might make a thoughtful gift for one of my loved ones. I also shop at antique stores for things that will make unique gifts for those people who appreciate things like that. Recently, I also began keeping a “handmade gifts” file where I write down ideas for things I can make that will cost very little but will still fit the bill for Christmas gifts. Here are a few of my favorites that can be done last minute…

Gingersnaps in a Jar *   

Buy a vintage quart-sized canning jar at an antique store (usually around $5) and fill with the following ingredients. Tie on a tag with the baking instructions and throw in a new wooden spoon or vintage pot holder and this gift is good to give.   

1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugargingersnaps in jar 

2 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour¾ teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Jody Botelho
8/23/2012 5:17:56 PM

This year, my husband and I made 3 kinds of vanilla to give as gifts. The set of 3, 1 oz bottles will also include a small bottle of vodka to replenish the vanilla, ( as there will be vanilla bean pieces in each bottle. We made Madagascar, Mexican and Tahitian. It takes a few months so we've made them already and try to shake them every day. As a baker, I'm looking forward to trying them!

Wil James
8/22/2012 4:17:22 PM

i make my special bbq rub everyone seems to love it as a gift ...cause around june july they ask for more

Andy Kremer
12/30/2011 9:57:24 PM

My girlfriend made me a homemade cookbook for Christmas and it's probably the best gift I ever received. She picked out only recipes we haven't made that she thought I'd like, so we could try them out together. Hand wrote everything out, filled it with great quotes from famous chef's, and decorated it with funky cutout words and stickers. Homemade presents are definitely the best! Andy www.mygreengear.com

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