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  1. #1
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    Default Favorite "homemade" Christmas gifts?

    Due to recent horse trailer expenditures and other bills, this Christmas leaves me with very little extra cash. I need ideas for homemade gift items (I can sew, craft, bake, etc)! I'm looking for both horsey & non-horsey type gifts. Bascially ANY ideas will be appreciated!
    Cindy



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    A few years ago I looked on line. The girls and I made oatmeal bath, bath salts, milk baths, and hot cocoa mix. We also made some oatmeal soaps with shredded dove and oatmeal. Lots of good ideas on line. We still had to spend money, but it was fun making it and doing it. we may do it again this year as they are older and can help more. I'll be interested to hear the ideas. If you want the recipes I can look them up, just PM me!
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    Reusable shopping-type bags are really "in" around here right now, and I would think that you could sew up some cute totes without too much expense and/or trouble.
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    I'm making my family and friends homemade chocolate truffles of different varieties. Right now I'm thinking dark, hazelnut, orange w/ grand marnier, and white(may make it white w/ raspberry but not sure). The ingredients are fairly cheap(minus the liquor so I'm using what I already have, but liqour isn't necessary.) plus you get a bunch of truffles out of a fairly small amount of ingredients.

    To package you can more than enough boxes and truffle cups for fairly cheap, and then just tie some fancy ribbon around the boxes.

    For example: boxes and cups, but there are a bunch of different styles of boxes.
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    The world's easiest and tastiest candy:

    1 bag semisweet chocolate chips or bar of semisweet chocolate for cooking
    1 bag peanut butter chips
    crushed pecans, peanuts, or walnuts
    shredded coconut (optional)

    Melt chocolate and peanut butter chips together in heavy saucepan. Stir until completely blended but be careful not to burn it. Add crushed nuts and coconut if you're using it (I'd have to get up and look at the recipe to see what size bag it calls for and I'm far too lazy - but I'm sure you know those little bags of crushed nuts in the baking aisle? That's what I'm talking about). Stir thoroughly. Drop in rounded spoonfulls on a cookie cooling rack, or a plate, or whatever. Allow to fully cool. Looks surprisingly "professional," tastes way, way better than Russell Stover.

    I bought a little candy gift kit a long time ago with small food grade bags, ribbon, cards, etc. It's been years and I still haven't run out of them. I think finding the bags to put the candy or cookies is harder than making the candy or cookies as gifts!



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    Homemade fudge or cookies for people.

    Homemade horse treats for horse people.

    Always goes over well!
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    Cake truffles

    Corn bags that you heat in the microwave. We add lavender.

    One year I baked from scratch coconut cakes. Cracked and shredded my own coconuts, soaked the cake layers in teh coconut water and put homemade coconut custard in between. Whipped cream frosting and coconut on the outside.

    Homemade marshmallows. Great with hot cocoa mix and a mug. i make them peppermint flavor and use a candy cane cookie cutter to cut
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    This year a few of my friends are getting some of my homemade, organic spaghetti sauce that was made with veggies and herbs out of my garden. They are going in a basket with some nice noodles, homemade garlic butter, some italian bread, and a pound of hamburger. Some friends are getting homemade pickles, made with ingredients out of the garden. One friend, who doesn't like spaghetti or pickles, is getting a Chili basket. My work group is getting homemade cookies and candy.



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    For a few years every family got a Christmas ornament from me.
    One year I brought some from Germany, the next year I got a few inexpensive kits from the store to make them, another year I crocheted little heart sachets. SIL tore the house apart when she though she had accidentally thrown hers away!

    Another year I made my traditional German cookies. The coconut maceroons were the favorites.
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    Homemade presents that I've received and loved.....1) An old popcorn tin painted and covered in photos (printed on plain paper and glued on). I've had mine for over 15 years now. 2) A favorite photo printed onto fabric (iron on transfer I think) and turned into a pillow. A braid made out of my horse's tail hair was sewn around for an accent. 3) Simple pillow cases - plain fabric with a horse motif fabric at the end.
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    Homemade bottles of vanilla for cooking. It's a wee bit pricey, but they're great gifts. The hardest part is finding pretty (and cheap) bottles to put it in!



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    My sister always makes toffee. I've made lots of things over the years. Orange date nut bread, cranberry bread, cookie assortments, Christmas decorations and ornaments, tote bags, scrunchies for kids (do they still wear them) in a cosmetic bag. Mixes in a jar are great too. Lots of recipes online.

    My daughter's gifts were always handcrafted. One year it was coasters...we bought 2nds of tile, covered the bottoms with felt.

    I used to haunt craft fairs for ideas. We always had Christmas in the Woods in Baltimore...I bought some and took a note pad.
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    I often knit or crochet hats/scarves, or make candied orange peel dipped in chocolate.

    This year my mother has asked that I make her a website. It's something I can do without much effort using free CMS.
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    I'm making bath salts for certain people, like my acupuncturist and some of my female staff members. It's super cheap, but you can print really nice labels and put it in a mason jar and tie a small wooden spoon and it's a nice presentation.



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    Homemade mozarella cheese yummmmmm. Followed closely by preserves and marzipan cookies.

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    A few years ago, I made painted pillowcases using RIT dye and paint brushes. I thought the kids would like them for sleepovers and my nieces are still using them almost six years later.

    Some other ideas:
    Terrariums made from Mason jars filled with moss and ivy.

    Hand-knit mittens and scarves.

    Potato print T shirts are easy and really fun, or tie-dye t-shirts. My sisters and I made them for all of the kids in our family:
    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y97...m/DSCI0025.jpg

    I'll be watching this thread for more ideas!



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    Here's another super easy cookie recipe. They look and taste fancy and only have 3 ingredients.

    Oreos (any kind but I like mint best)
    cream cheese
    chocolate chips (or that chocolate-bark stuff).

    http://www.food.com/recipe/oreo-bon-bons-139752
    http://camijean.wordpress.com/2007/12/13/oreo-bon-bons/
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    Homemade bread. Look for the Cook's Illustrated multigrain bread recipe -- it uses Bob's Red Mill 7-grain hot cereal for the 'multigrain' part so you don't have to find a bunch of different flours. It freezes well, so you can make it in advance.

    The hardest part is finding bags to fit a full loaf. Not wanting thousands of them I finally gave up and ordered these from King Arthur Flour.

    I also had really good luck with the challah bread recipe from Bernard Clayton's big bread book. The italian bread recipe in there is also good, but it wants barley malt syrup (King Arthur has that, too.)

    My latest experiments have been sourdough bread, it takes a while but, YUM.
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    I am assembling baking mixes packed in mason jars this year. It will be mostly muffin mixes, cookie mixes. It is the pre mixed dry ingredients and the 'recipe' to finish them. (just add eggs milk and bake, etc. )I found a used book with the recipes and pre printed instruction cards but you can probably find the recipes online and make your own cards. I buy nice used mason jars at local thrift store and get new lids . Then cover the lids in pretty cloth and tie on a ribbon with the cooking instruction card attached. The recipient can bake the item a few months later after they get over all the other holday treats.

    Ps I LOVE the chocolate peanut butter saucepan 'cookies'..my mom used to make those when I was a kid so those are comfort food for me.
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    We're making cutting boards out of a tree we felled over the summer (first year on the farm, seemed appropriate!).

    I would LOVE to receive real home-made vanilla, we don't have access to beans out here in the boonies .

    Knit dog & cat toys were a HUGE hit, I got another request for them this year, but not sure I'll have the time to make them.

    We do a Christmas exchange every year and last year I brought home-made pickles and gingerbread men .
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