Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Homemade Gifts You Can Make Before Christmas

Okay, guys... Christmas is a week away which means it's time to do an inventory of your gifts and figure out which one of your loved ones still needs something from you.  Instead of worrying about express shipping rates or crowded shopping malls, how about making a few simple gifts at home?  Here are some tried and true Hardly Housewives handmade gift ideas that aren't too tough to make and are easy on the bank account:

"Dipped" spoons (also seen here and here) were a gift favorite of mine in 2012 and requested by a handful of family members.  I am proud to report that despite frequent use, the red ones that I made for my dad in March are still just as shiny and new looking as they were back then.  You'll need basic wooden spoons, craft paint, and non-toxic shellac.

Speaking of those cherry spoons, I gifted them along with some embellished dishtowels that were a breeze to sew.  These are easily customizable and easy enough to sew even if you don't have a sewing machine (you just need some patience and a steady hand).  

Speaking of easy sewing, embellished burp cloths are pretty much the same idea and a colorful gift for the new parents in your life, not to mention a great way to use up smaller pieces of fabric you may have lying around...

Let's get away from sewing for a minute and check out a gift that my mother in law does most years as stocking stuffers for friends and family... DIY herb salt.  Jaisa made it this winter as a bridal shower favor and explains exactly how you can make a batch to wrap up nicely and give away:

And while we're talking about salt, here's a quick project you can do that is perfect for mothers, mothers in law, and any other gift recipient who would love to relax... lavender bath salts:

If all else fails, check out Jaisa's list of delicious, sweet holiday treats.  There is no way you can go wrong with any of those.  I will be making both handmade gifts and sugary baked goods this week.  Wish me luck!

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