5 Homestead-Made Holiday Gifts


The fall and winter holidays are truly a beautiful time of the year, where we celebrate what we are thankful for and look ahead to a new year as the seasons change. Many people will spend time with their friends and family, and in the spirit of these holidays, exchange gifts with one another. Sometimes, it is hard to know what to give someone you care about, but I truly believe that homemade and handcrafted is the way to go.

When you make something with your own two hands, there is something special to it. Your time and effort goes into what you make, and it shows the one who receives the gift that you value them enough to create something unique! There are so many different things you can make with materials found right around your home, and we would like to share a few ideas with you. The photos included are all projects we have made, and we invite you to put your own spin on these handcrafted gifts. Most of these were made from repurposed materials from the land around us!

1. Wood Slice Coasters

wood slice coasters

One of the things to consider when making these wood coasters is selecting a type that will not split easily. Choose a branch that is slightly larger in diameter than the average drink can or bottle (you'll want them to be about 3.5 to 4 inches in diameter).

The thickness of the slices is up to you, but we cut ours about an inch thick. A quick sanding preps them for decoration, and it is time for you to get creative! We chose to wood-burn the initial of our last name onto these.

2. Canned Produce

canned produce

For those who enjoy canning fresh produce from your own garden or orchard and have extras to share, this is a special gift that often has family and friends asking for more the following year.

Use 4-ounce or 8-ounce jars to can different jams, jellies, and preserves. Pickles, peppers, salsas, and applesauce are a few other yummy ideas. Place a few different jars in a gift basket for a delicious sampler. Check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Home Canning to start making your canned gifts.

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