Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ten Quick & Easy Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

It's already less than a month until Christmas - can you believe it? I thought it was about time I shared some of my favourite quick and easy homemade gifts; the ones I rely on year after year whenever I need to pull something together at the last minute. They are sure to please just about anyone on your gift list!


Candied Peanuts

"Puppy Chow" (for people!)

Homemade Bread

Food Theme Basket Ideas

Christmas Granola

Cracker Toffee and Chocolate Bark

Personal Care:

Lip Balm and Hard Lotion: The newest addition to my homemade gift arsenal; I gave some to a friend yesterday and she was very impressed with it!

Winter Daily Facial Scrub: I gave this to my sisters-in-law last year and it was a huge hit! I make mine with just the rice flour, oats, and coconut and toss in the chamomile and/or calendula if I have some on hand. I like to add grapefruit essential oil to mine, but it's great even without any essential oils added.

Milk Bath: I don't think much could be simpler than this one! Combine equal amounts of dry milk powder and baking soda. Add essential oils if desired. Give with instructions to add one cup to running bath water. (I use this all the time myself; it's a great skin softener).

Do you have any tried-and-true simple homemade gift ideas to share?


  1. Chocolate covered spoons are great and are very easy to make.

    Personalized calendar with family photos, kid's art work and important dates and events can work as well.

    This year I made a family cook book with my family's favorite recipes. Everyone got a copy. It was a big hit. The big bonus is that you make it once and give the same gift to all the people on the list.

  2. Chai Instant Tea Mix (
    1 C nonfat dry milk powder
    1 C powder rich non-dairy creamer
    1 C French vanilla flavor powdered non dairy creamer
    2 C sugar
    1 ½ C unsweetened Instant tea (I use decaf-sometimes hard to find)
    2 t ground ginger
    2 t ground cinnamon
    1 t ground cloves
    1 t ground cardamom
    1 t ground nutmeg
    1 t allspice
    ¼ t white pepper
    In large bowl mix powders, and sugar and blend in spices in food processor blend to a fine powder.
    To serve stir 2-3 heaping T into mug of hot water. Enjoy!
    Note: I was able to get the French Vanilla flavor creamer at Dollar Tree.
    At first I didn’t have the Cardamom or Allspice, and was way way better to
    Add them. Ground cardamom (or pods)is $$ and can vary $3-4, call around before you drive.(off grocers didn't even have cardamom Aldi, Save-A-Lot, Walmart, Bit Lots)


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