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In an effort to avoid commercialism this holiday season, my family has decided to exhange "homegrown" gifts.   I'm trying to venture out past my old standbys (pastries of any sort).    I have a friend who gifts homemade vanilla. I'm trying to think along those lines... any other thoughts out there? 

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I made dryer balls one year.

This year I'm buying from an indie soap maker that I love.

Laura, if you choose to go home made, there are a ton of excellent ideas in this discussion.

Just a few other ideas that are nice to buy: cheese-making kits, canning setup, potted plants / orchids, or a contribution toward a CSA share.

Most of all, make it fun! Happy holidays!

Oooh. I like the idea of the CSA share. VERY much. lol

Cornelia said:

Laura, if you choose to go home made, there are a ton of excellent ideas in this discussion.

Just a few other ideas that are nice to buy: cheese-making kits, canning setup, potted plants / orchids, or a contribution toward a CSA share.

Most of all, make it fun! Happy holidays!

I used to work for this scrapbooking website, and there are several threads about homemade gifts.

http://www.tallyscrapper.com/board_view_detail.php?message_id=19615

http://www.tallyscrapper.com/board_view_detail.php?message_id=3844

 

 

Gave out "sprouting kits" last yr,   (consisted of  home printed directions, a quart mason jar, $2 sprouting lid from the local coop, and about 1/2 cup of mixed alfalfa, mung bean,radish seeds from same coop).  Almost everyone laughed and rolled their eyes..since then almost everyone I gave them to have become  regular sprouters and have thanked me repeatedly.

I'm attempting to sew up fleece socks from a pattern I printed off online. Will be using repurposed fabric for the most part.

Since it's so close to Christmas I'd have to say that our only options are to stick with items that can be made quickly like herbed vinegars or baked goods. Sewing kitchen or gardening aprons ?

January 2008 we were very good techno Amish peeps and started making holiday gifts such as cordials with foraged berries. I usually make up extra speciality jams during canning season to have on hand but this Summer I barely canned and made no jams.

Sorry not much help.

Another thing I have made (since I see you have a wee one) are flour sack towels with the kids handprints and the year painted on them. Just used a bottle of the cheap acrylic craft paint, in black. I might do that again this year. That was of course, a gramma, aunt kind of gift... but you can get the towels in packs of 5 for $5 at WalMart.

 

I made lye soap this year to give as gifts.  Everyone uses soap, right?

 

I also made some microwave baked potato bags from quilted placemats.

 

My aloe plants are making lots of baby's so I potted them up and will be giving some as gifts. I have burlap coffee bags for wrapping and transport:)  Heirloom seeds are nice gifts to!  This way nature dose all the work lol

I made a few batches of these "Now or Later" Cinnamon Buns. I mixed up the sugar and cinnamon for the icing separately and froze it in a baggie along with the buns. Tell your giftee to put the thawed buns in a 350ºF oven for 10-15 minutes, add milk to the mixture and ice!

I'm telling you...they smelled SOOO good!

 

I bought a box of fruit from the FFA kids and made apple butter, brandied pears, candied pineapple, fresh orange and grapefruit juice.  These goodies will be joining the quilts that I did for gifts this year.

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