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DIY Christmas Gifts

for the past million or so years, Chris and I give out something homemade. For awhile it was wine, which we love to make! Then one year it was cookies, last year peppermint bark and rolo pretzels (making those both again this year too!). But this year I tried something new for some of my female relatives – homemade sugar scrub! such a great idea. I might need to make these seven layer cookies next year. Doesn’t help that I am craving them like crazy, but the real kind from Brooklyn, not the kind here in Massachusetts.

Here are some other great ideas:
Top 10 – green, simple and frugal holiday gifts from Simplifying the Simple Life, I really like the Knit dishcloths and soap idea, as well as the Buckwheat heating pad idea.

Brown Eyed Baker has a nice list of Homemade Food Gift Ideas

I liked this link for the Best Hot Cocoa Mix

list found on the nest.com Green Living Board

Candy and Sweets

oreo truffles
salted caramels
espresso bark
bacon truffles
Hot Chocolate On A Stick
Slice-and-bake Cookie Dough
vanilla sugar
caramel, chocolate and/or white chocolate popcorn
homemade pancake/waffle mix with syrup
chai tea mix (or mexican hot chocolate )
jalepeno jelly
wine jelly
homemade biscotti w/ small gourmet coffee
cookie mix in a jar
cake in a mug (microwavable)
Cupcakes in Mason Jars (suitable for mailing) or Pie in Mason Jars
Apple Butter (Crock pot recipe)

Savory Foods

chutney or salsa
rosemary plants (get now, grow bigger)
homemade pasta sauces (canned? frozen?) w/ pasta
homemade dog treats
beer bread mix
Seasoning mixesMeat rubs

Paper and Crafty

photography cards
kid’s book-on-cd or tape read by you (with book) (use Audacity )
“best of” personal recipe book / Family cookbook
photo calendar (pics of family events, like birthdays, anniversaries/weddings, etc.)
homemade greeting cards
prepped scrapbook
personalized stationery
assorted printables

Alcohol

homemade Kahlua
Limoncello
Skittles Vodka
Blood Orange Vodka
Coffee Infused Vodka

Home Spa

Lotion Bars
body scrubs

Simple Sewing Projects

Purse Organizer
Lego-containing Playsak
embroidered/stamped pillow cases or tea towels
Felt Sphere Ornament
Bed Caddy
Silk Lavender Eye Pillows
Eyeglasses or Camera Case
Snuggie/ Slanket knock-off

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