Homemade gifts

This year I decided to give homemade gifts to my family for Christmas.  My reasoning was not purely from a financial perspective but also from a green/recycling angle as well as how much fun and love goes into making things for loved ones.  I have been dying to show you what we made but had to wait till everyone had their gifts.

The Bean and I made some homemade tomato and basil jam which we wrapped up – a bottle for everyone.

We  gave each of the girls a homemade recycled handbag made from old curtains.  These were made for us by my colleague Charlie – a trade and barter deal.

and for my dad I painted this painting

I think this has been the most rewarding Christmas ever – I so enjoyed preparing the gifts.

Did you make any of your gifts?  I would love to hear about them.

Edit:   There is a great recipe for a homemade scented hand scrub in the comments of this post. Thanks Greg.

20 thoughts on “Homemade gifts

  1. I usually make some gifts, usually for my aunts and uncles, but not to everyone anymore. I just don’t have the time really. I remember when I was small, the first years I stated wanting to give people presents, I had no money so I had no choice but to make them. I’d go out on the farm or in the countryside and find materials. One year I took a bagful of evergreens over to England to my family for Christmas, and on Christmas eve, made them into festive candlestands and mini-wreathes. Another year, I used bits of wood to make puppets (the type where you pull a string and the arms and legs go up)
    Unfortunately don’t have that much time for those things these days, so it usually ends up being chocolate truffles or biscuits.

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  2. wow jackie & bean – these look awesome!! we baked some christmas cookies for family and gave them in handmade boxes with a pretty ribbon 🙂 also really enjoyed the process. your painting is wonderful. Lisa

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  3. I made scented hand scrub with organic sugar and olive oil this year. It was my first attempt at homemade gifts, but I was pretty happy with the result. I love your painting!

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  4. I usually put together calendars using my photos or story books for the kids with drawings by my hubby. Sometimes, I just put together different types of baskets (basket of teas and cakes/biscuits, or coffees and chocolates, etc.)

    I’ve never had a tomato jam…you’ll have to share your recipe 😉

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  5. The hand scrub recipe calls for a 50/50 mixture of organic sugar and vegetable oil (I used olive oil but any vegetable oil will work just fine). I actually adjusted the mixture to add less oil but you can experiment to get a consistency that you like. Optionally, add a small amount of aloe jel, or vitamin C or E (the liquid from one capsule per 1 cup of sugar). Add one or two drops of essential oils (I used lavender, but orange and sandlewood are good choices too) for a nice, light scent. My organic sugar had a rich tan color. If you use white sugar, you could add ground hibiscus powder to create a nice pink hue.

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