Christmas ideas

I love Christmas time! I love the sights, the smells. I love the Christmas shop at Kirkcaldie & Stains! I love Christmas carols, Christmas trees, Christmas decorations and I love homemade gifts. Homemade gifts are so special. Today I’ve got a list of very cool (mostly easy) and cheap homemade gifts that you can make and give away. Loads of these ideas are made in a recycled jar! So friends and family don’t be surprised if some of these things end up at your home round Christmas time!  
christmas_nz_ecochickI love my spoon herb labels. I bought some old spoons off trade me and gave them the bash! Tie some seed packets to the label, or buy a fruit tree and a great gift for all. 
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Yummy perfect for that child in your life (be they young or old). Who wouldn’t want their own personal rainbow?!

christmas_nz_ecochickThese infusing sugars not only look pretty but will taste great in coffee or cakes. You could also make vanilla sugar.
christmas_nz_ecochick Love this art station. What child wouldn’t want one of these in their bedroom or playroom. I am so going to make John one when he’s a bit bigger.
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Cowgirl cookies! Need I say more! These look pretty and I’m sure will taste very nice. Don’t forget to print out the instructions to add to the jar. You could also change the colour of the m and ms or you could put a gingerbread mixture in here and tie a gingerbread cookie cutter to the lid. You could also make brownies in a jar or cranberry and white chocolate oaty cookies.

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Mint and or lemon balm in pots for the pesky flies and mozzies!
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Hanging baskets or container planters filled with anything you like; tomatoes, strawberries, herbs or buy a few different seeds and put them in an envelope give with a container; the recipient will be delighted with a mystery garden.
 
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Very cool and easy to make wall clock. You could use teacups instead or buttons or anything you like really. Or redecorate a store bought clock for a whole new clock.
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The much loved chalk mat! These are easy to make, look fantastic and kids love them. I bought some road fabric to make one for John. One side will be a chalk mat and the other side John will be able to drive little cars on. So add some chalk and a little car and you have two toys in one. 
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Vanilla essence; easy, cheap and looks great. Just remember if you want to make this it takes about 6 weeks to do its thing so now would be a good time to make some.

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Homemade jam of any kind. I love peach jam; so yummy and easy to make. You could also put the scone mixture in a jar when you give the jam.
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Fantasticly yummy brownie in a jar! Looks great. I think you could pretty much put any recipe in a jar and give it as a gift. 

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Lovely easy salt scrub. Or my favourite circulation bath; put in a jar; 1 cup Epson salts, lavender oil (or whatever scent you like) if you want to colour the salt just add some food colouring. Throw the whole lot in a bath. Heavenly!  
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I love finger puppets and making your own would be so much fun or if the child was a little older you could cut all the piece out for them and they could assemble the finger puppets themselves – like a little puppet kit.
Hope you get some good ideas from here and if you’re really stuck there is always Wendyl Nissen’s books or fruit trees are a great gift too! Have fun. What are you going to make this year?I’d love to hear and see your ideas and gifts. 
Check out these sites for some more fantastic ideas:
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Tip Junkie handmade projectsPhotobucketRomanceOnADime.com

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19 thoughts on “Christmas ideas

  1. November 14, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Love it! I’m planning a post along these lines too, but not for a couple of weeks. Will link back to your blog for extra ideas :)

  2. November 14, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I love to give gifts in mason jars… so glad you shared so many ways! My favorite up til now has been pies in a jar from my friend Marijean… http://www.stlworkingmom.com/2010/07/05/jars-of-pie-with-a-pie-giveaway/

  3. November 14, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Trying to think….trying to think…..oh bugger it….it’s not December yet….I’ll delay my thinking until then because nothing is popping into my mind yet

  4. November 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    So many great ideas!! Love the idea of infusing sugars – so cute in the glass containers!

    Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday blog hop!

  5. November 17, 2011 at 4:18 am

    What great tips and ideas! Thank you so very much for linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways:) I’m so happy to “meet” you! I am totally loving your blog and your posts! I really hope you make Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways a part of your Wednesdays! And keep the great posts comin’
    Very sincerely,
    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

  6. Jenny @ Simcoe Street
    November 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I love these ideas!!!

    Jenny
    http://www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

    P.S. I have an awesome throw pillow giveaway going on. I’d love if you came by and, if you’d like, entered!

  7. lis
    November 18, 2011 at 4:03 am

    thanks for sharing your ideas! i too am getting excited about hand making gifts. almost everyone will be getting homeade gifts from me this year, so nows the time to start! i love the chalk mat, totally making that for a baby friend’s birthday coming up soon!
    bless! lis
    http://thelivingtapestry.blogspot.com

  8. November 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    HI! Stopping by from tip junkie. This is a great list of ideas! I love the salt scrub.. Im going to make a huge batch and give it as gifts. Thanks for sharing! I would love for you to link this up to my Friday link party tomorrow :)

  9. November 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm
  10. November 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    thank you so much for sharing this! i love all the ideas. beautiful:) happy new follower!!!!

  11. November 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you so much everyone for the kinds words. I’ll be stopping by to read all your blogs too. I love meeting new people and seeing what they are put to. Can’t wait to see what you guys make! Enjoy.

  12. November 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    @Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable Thanks for the lovely comments. I most certainly will be back next week. Thanks for hosting.

  13. November 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    @Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com Thank you for the invite I’ll be popping by. Loving your blog too.

  14. November 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for the link back.
    Your chalk mat is really cool. I didn’t even know they made chalk fabric!

    I also made some finger puppets for my daughter for Christmas this year:
    http://gratefullygrowingingrace.blogspot.com/2011/09/sensory-finger-puppets.html

    And I made bigger hand puppets for my son:
    http://gratefullygrowingingrace.blogspot.com/2011/11/animal-hand-puppets.html

  15. November 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    thank you so much!!!!

  16. November 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing my stamped garden marker spoons. I’m thrilled to be included with such absolutely lovely company!

    - Lindsay

  17. November 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing your awesome Christmas ideas.. they all rock. I hope you link up this week and enter my TinyPrints giveaway too :)

    Friday link up and features!

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