Over the years we have given a number of homemade gifts. The largest number of gifts have come from our garden, either as fresh veggies or jams, jellies, and pickles. These gifts not only represent our family’s ongoing interest, but they also symbolize an activity that my husband and I have always enjoyed doing together.
Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles
In fact, our wedding favor was homemade bread and butter pickles which some of the guests are still talking about. It’s amazing to me now that we managed to make these in our tiny kitchen in a row home in West Philadelphia, but we did.
12 Months of Cookies
Another type of food gift we did was 12 months of cookies delivered to the recipient monthly and made by myself and my oldest son. I’ve also given gift certificates for dinners cooked by my husband who is no slouch in the kitchen.
Family Photo Calendar
Since photography is a hobby of mine, I started doing family calendars. Last year I used calendars that I found at Michael’s in the dollar section. I liked these because the recipients could pull out the photographs if they wanted to. This year I’m trying the four-color calendars available through Winkflash; I ordered mine during the 40% off promotion which made the cost of the calendar within my budget. I’d also like to try the note cards from Winkflash using one of my nature photos. At $1.29/card, they are a bit pricey, but ordering them during a 40% off promotion is just the ticket.
I have made knitted gifts mostly for immediate family members – socks, airy scarves, hats, and dish cloths. Depending on the gift, these can take awhile to make while tending to my family. I can understand why I see handknitted scarves for $30 and socks for $25 on Etsy!
Decorations for My Children’s Bedrooms
For my kids, each year, I try to make something for their room. This year, I’m decorating piggybanks and treasure boxes. I also made a pillow and a family of wooden people for my daughter. In previous years, I’ve made valances, fleece pillows, small quilts, and wooden trains spelling their names.
One last gift – each year my oldest son makes pound cake for my husband.