This week my daughter is scheming up a handmade gift for a Secret Santa activity and all the planning has me thinking about the joy that comes from a gift you make by hand. Sure, it takes extra planning and time, but the residual happiness is worth it. One year my father-in-law made me a leaf press, which is something I pull out every Autumn; and when I do it feels like Christmas all over again! It's a gift I'll never forget and one I'll always cherish. Why? Because it was made by hand.
If you're looking for ideas of homemade (and handmade) gifts, consider the newly-released "A Hip Handmade Holiday", which features gifts you can make for $10 or less (a few of them are pictured above). If you're somewhat crafty (even the slightest!), this is right up your alley. And while my homemade gifts are typically edible--Spiced Pecans, Cranberry Orange Bread, Strawberry Basil Freezer Jam, etc.--I'm also a fan of making cd's (old-school to some, I know), stationery and little kits for this and that. I think the key is finding something useful to the recipient that you genuinely enjoy making. When you infuse love into the gift by happily making it, that positive energy is passed on (so I like to believe!).
Here are more ideas for fabulous gifts you can make at home...
Grace's Guide | Ashley's Vanilla Salt | Sally's Wood Bead Necklace | Danyelle's Stationery Kit | For Him (the hardest!)
Have a wonderful weekend!