Homemade Presents and Gift Ideas for any Occasion

Giving homemade presents is a good way to save money during the holiday season because you can give a special and elegant homemade gift for a fraction of what you would have paid retail for a similar item.

If you think that you don't have the talent or are not "crafty" enough, read on and you will see that it is possible for you (yes, even you!) to create your own presents or gift baskets!

Homemade presents are so much more special than something you grab at the mall. These homemade gift ideas help you to show your friends and loved ones that you care enough to put some time and thought into your gift selections!

Homemade food gifts

Homemade Food Gifts to Make

Food gifts are the perfect choice in so many situations: For that hard-to-buy for family member, make them a batch of something special! For an inexpensive gift for acquaintances and neighbors, nothing beats a plate of homemade cookies or candy. Food is something that everyone enjoys, and everyone can use it!

Homemade gift baskets

  • Favorite recipe: For someone who is a particular fan of one of your recipes (or a dish served at a local restaurant) - print the recipe, purchase all the ingredients, and package it all together in a basket. Include a wooden spoon or nice new dish towel for an added touch.

  • Movie time: For the movie lover, create a basket with a coupon for movie rentals or a movie or two on DVD. Add either homemade pre-popped and seasoned popcorn, a package of microwave popcorn, or other crunchy movie-time snack. For additional items, think of things you would want when watching a movie at home - drink coasters? a bottle of gourmet root beer or other beverage? Be creative!

  • Car care bucket: Buy a plastic bucket and fill with chamois, car wax and car soap. If you want to add something more, what about a car accessory such as a CD case, steering wheel cover, or cup holder?

  • Beauty Gift Basket Use a cosmetic organizer or a basket to create a beauty-themed gift basket for the teenage girls on your gift list. Include any type of makeup, nail or hair care products, and/or lotions. Add cotton balls, q-tips, emery boards, tweezers, and a beauty book or issue of a magazine related to beauty or hair care. You can even make your own homemade beauty products to put in the basket if you want to be really original!

  • Cocktails Gift Bucket Use an ice bucket as a unique vessel for this gift. Fill it with the recipient's favorite spirits and mixers. Ideas for additional items include: coasters, fun cocktail napkins, swizzle sticks, shot glasses, bottle pourers, bottle opener, cocktail strainer, or a jar of cherries or olives.

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Other homemade presents

  • Make a button bracelet You can make a cute friendship-style bracelet from old or extra buttons in no time at all! They can be worn by boys and girls; young and old, and your friends will be amazed at your creativity!

  • Make a scrapbook A scrapbook of artfully arranged photographs and other memorabilia make wonderful homemade presents that loved ones will cherish forever!

  • Homemade Teacup Candles If you have (or can find) mismatched or odd teacups (or small cream pitchers or sugar bowls), you can easily make these homemade candles tailored to your recipients tastes and decor. Flea markets, garage sales or your grandma's cupboards are great places to look for odd but pretty teacups.

  • Homemade Paper Mache Planter Paper mache is cheap and easy to make, and the possibilities are almost endless! Even kids will be able to make this planter and you will be recycling a plastic container, too.
  • Decoupage Trinket Box You can buy inexpensive boxes made of lightweight wood or heavy cardboard and easily transform them into attractive trinket boxes. This is an excellent Christmas gift idea for kids who want to make their own homemade presents. The boxes can be covered with fabric or decorated with stickers, cut outs from magazines or photographs and covered with Mod Podge (available at craft stores).

  • Tile Trivets Find some beautiful tiles at your local home-improvement store. Look for clearance -priced tiles (left overs that are not enough for a large job) and you can get them at a greatly reduced price. Attach a layer of felt to the back of each tile (at least 6×6 works best) to create a useful trivet and a lovely homemade gift!

  • Cork Trivet If you have a bunch of corks that you have saved from wine bottles, you can make a cork trivet. If not, you might be able to get some from a bar.

1. Find a picture frame that's large enough for your project. You can use a frame you have or get an inexpensive wooden one at the dollar store or a yard sale. It needs to be as deep as the corks are wide so they will fit inside it.

2. Remove the glass and any wire or brackets from the frame.

3. Put a piece of heavy cardboard on the back of the frame and glue it into place.

4. Arrange corks inside the frame - move them around until you come up with an interesting design that you like. You can put a champagne cork upright for a different look (you will probably have to cut some off of the bottom of it so it won't be too tall.)

5. Once you are happy with your design, glue the corks in place using the hot glue gun.

Herbs in a Cup Buy vintage floral pattern teacups at secondhand stores and plant chives, oregano, rosemary, or basil in them. Decorate with a bit of ribbon and a card describing how to care for the plant.

See these creative gift wrapping ideas for homemade gift wrapping ideas and other unique and creative ways to wrap your homemade presents.

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