Use your hands to make the perfect gift

Michelle Moran

The holidays are right around the corner. Let’s just face it: a lot of us like to wait until the last minute to get gifts for friends and family. Whether it is for adults or children, there are many items on this list that can help you prepare for the holiday season. There are a variety of things you can use to create a thoughtful, homemade present. It’s never too early or late to make a gift for someone special on your Christmas list, and nothing shows more love than making a present right from home.

Homemade gift ideas:

Cookie jar: It’s so easy to make a batch of cookies using staples from your household. You can make a variety of cookies to put in a nice jar. For example, you can make oatmeal, chocolate chip, and sugar cookies to have a nice mix as opposed to one flavor. You can attach the recipe to a card with some string to make it look nice and thoughtful. To top it off, you can decorate the jar with ribbons or a bow.

A mix CD: Create a playlist with 10-15 songs that you think your recipient would like and put them on a CD. If they love music, they can enjoy your favorite tracks as much as you do. If you are up-to-par with the latest technology, you can upload a playlist on their iPod or other mp3 player.

Recipe book:
You can view and print many recipes off your computer or share some secret family recipes to create a recipe book! You can decorate a binder or book and really put some time and effort into creating a thoughtful gift.

Baked goods: Who doesn’t love cupcakes or brownies? Baking up a batch of goods can please anyone’s stomach. Bake some banana bread or a batch of cookies to go along with a gift basket. This gives you the opportunity to be creative with the decorations.

Photo journal: Gather all those precious moments captured on camera and turn them into a personalized journal. Now’s the time to get decorative and have a little fun. You can design the front cover and work your way through the pages to give it some flare. This idea is not only sentimental, but your recipient can enjoy these pictures over and over again.

Pickling: You can pickle pretty much anything that you want. Cucumbers, peppers, carrots, beets, you name it. The ingredients needed for this task is a jar, desired produce, vinegar, salt, sugar, and spices that you would like to incorporate for the taste.

If you’ve got a tight budget for the holidays this year, these homemade gift ideas are sure to give you some thought about your choices!