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Handmade Christmas Ideas For Everyone On Your List {Easy & Frugal}

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Point. Click.

Can you hug the internet? If anyone figures out how please let me know. This holiday season I’ll be pointing-and-clicking my way to gifty goodness without ever setting foot into a mall.

And as a mom of young children – think navigating a stroller through the morass of people, leaving a line you’ve been standing in for 45 minutes because it’s nap/meal/potty time and the littles can’t wait one. more. minute., and saying “no, we’re not going to buy that” a thousand times  – it’s bliss.

Except –

It feels a little cold, you know? I’m all for getting people what they really want – like, um, stainless steel muffin pans and a deep fryer – but I like to warm things up with something handmade.

Now, since my crafty score is 0, this can be kind of tricky. What, you too?? Oh good! This week I’m going to share some ideas that are easy to make, require no special skills, and turn out GREAT while going easy on your wallet. First up, food! Teachers, best friends, neighbors and grandparents all have one thing in common:

We Eat

And we like it!

Official foodie status is not required to appreciate these epicurean delights . . . tastebuds and a sense of adventure will do just fine! And that’s good, because these lil’ treasures are quick, inexpensive and easy to make in big batches for everyone you love. ♥

Rosemary Salt {Done in Five}

This elegant pairing is perfect for beef, lamb, and chicken, sprinkled over al fresca tomatoes with parmesan and cracked pepper or just plain avocadoes. OR freshly-baked crackers. OR in winter stews. The possibilities are really endless!

And the best part? It’s SO EASY to make. You’ll need about 3 cups unrefined sea salt (preferably not finely ground) and 1 1/2 cups dried rosemary, minced finely in a food processor or coffee grinder. Hand mix or blend in food processor until thoroughly combined, then place in pretty jars and slap a bow on top!

*Personally, I put mine in old spice jars that have the labels removed. Perfect size for everyday use!

Smores Gift Set

Wrap homemade marshmallows, fair trade chocolate and graham crackers in a decorative tin or pastry box and voila! Hug & Cuddle in A Box. Unless you’re giving it to your child’s teacher . . . or your uncle.

You know, scratch that. A hug in a box, folks, that’s all it is. A warm, ooey-gooey chocolately hug that will have you on people’s favorite list all year long.

P.S. As a gift to yourself, don’t forget to include the marshmallow recipe! Otherwise you will be hounded for it. Seriously.

*Shout out to Jenni, maker of marshmallow and inspirer of this idea!

Homemade Loose Leaf Tea

The Chai Tea recipe from Cheeseslave would make a great gift with a tea ball, don’t you think? You could even include some coconut milk and local honey!

Need more ideas? I love the Chocolate Mint, Love Charm, Black Licorice and Everything & More recipes from Straight From the Farm. And check out The Kitchn for fabulous tutorials on making rounded sached and no-sew teabags.

Fermented Hot Chili Sauce

Photos Courtesy of Nourished Kitchen

“Seasoned with fresh garlic this fermented hot chili sauce is rich with flavor, bright and fiery,” writes Jenny of Nourished Kitchen.

And she’s right, this chili sauce is uh-mazing and a great gift for guys, office pals, or neighbors.

Check out the recipe here.

But Wait!

You say. “This doesn’t cover everyone on my list!” Oh, right. Well then, luxurious homemade salts, lotions, potions and perfumes coming soon. Not to mention gifts for dad and of course FUN & CREATIVE ideas for the little ones!

Do you have a handmade gift or stocking stuffer idea? Tell us below!

Photo credit: sohappy!

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29 Responses to Handmade Christmas Ideas For Everyone On Your List {Easy & Frugal}

  1. Kristine Winniford via FB says:

    I need ideas! I got 4 bolts of flannel to make PJ’s for everyone and for gifts for extended family/friends we’re going to do homemade smores (with your marshmallows, some gingerbread cookies and bars of date sweetened chocolate). Beyond that I’m stumped, especially for my husband!

  2. Kristine Winniford via FB says:

    ACK! I wrote first then read, you doing smores too!

  3. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Kristine Winniford – Oh, awesome! Great minds, right? I actually got the smores idea from Jenni at The Urban Poser :) Ideas for men coming soon!

  4. Jenni Wiehoff-Hulet via FB says:

    You are a brave soul…tackling gifts for men. I will be needing THAT post!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I’m giving homemade taco seasoning this year. just got my 1/2 pint mason jars and bulk spices in the mail. can’t wait to get started!!

  6. Alison says:

    I’m doing seasonings, vanilla extract, and sugar scrubs this year! I have 0 creativity so I just pinterested my heart out.

  7. Margo says:

    Love the rosemary salt. I love doing homemade “different” things.

    • coley says:

      i haven’t tried this rosemary salt recipe, but i’m sure ours wasn’t much different ….. we gave those as neighbor/friend gifts last year. loved it!!!

  8. Caroline says:

    Food related items are always fun! I like to design little labels with the recipe attached in case recipients would like a batch for themselves in future. Especially if it’s something people normally haven’t had before.

    A fun thing for the kids I did recently, take broken crayons to make new ones for the kids. Just melt them down (same method as melting chocolate – only use tin cans) and pour them into soap molds (you can use chocolate molds too, but if you do, make sure they’re deep otherwise they’ll break – I bought some cheap molds for a 1.99 on the web) For a marbled effect you can pour different colors into the soap mold and swirl with a toothpick :) AND THEN VOILA!!!!!! 😉

  9. Alexis D says:

    I *love* your handmade Christmas ideas!!! And can’t wait to see what else you post this week :)

    My hubby’s side of the family lives all over the USA and we meet up at Thanksgiving instead of Christmas because its easier for everyone and this is the first year I handmade something for all of the ladies in the family! I bought the Lotion and Lip Balm DIY Kit from MadeOn Lotion ( and it came with a Gift-Giving eBook with a Chocolate Peppermint hard lotion recipe. I made the chocolate peppermint hard lotion and lip balm and the ladies loved it! And the best part is the lotion has no harmful chemicals – only four ingredients and its super easy to make! Scratch that, the best part is the smell of the lotion! Can’t go wrong with chocolate and peppermint :)

  10. Halle W says:

    Love these ideas!!!

  11. Angela says:

    We’ll be making homemade gifts this year also. I’m really excited since this is the first year we’ll be doing it in a very long time.

  12. Jolee Burger says:

    Making homemade lip balm this year – I never realized it was so simple. It’s orange-clove. Mmmm…

  13. Amy L says:

    I was thinking about doing homemade taco seasoning as well. I also thought of doing Paula Deen’s “house seasoning” which is 1 cup salt(I use real salt), 1/4 cup pepper, and 1/4 cup garlic powder. Last year, I had my girls make salt dough ornaments(salt, flour and water) you roll the dough out, cut with cookie cutters, make a hole with a straw, then bake or dehydrate. I had them paint them and tie a ribbon on them. They gave them out as Christmas gifts. We also went outside last year and I had the girls collect sticks, I hot glued them into stars and ribbons on them for our frugal Christmas tree ornaments. They turned out really cute and would great gifts for kids to give!

  14. Melissa Holloway via FB says:

    love those ideas!

  15. Amy Harrison says:

    So glad I stumbled across your blog! My website told me that some of my traffic was coming from here – not sure how.

    I love these gift ideas. I need to come up with something homemade for the in-laws who don’t eat sugar or salt (so the first two ideas are out) and always get ME tea so the last idea’s out too!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Amy! I recognize your blog name, which means I probably linked to one of your posts awhile back. Either way, so glad you’re here! More salt/sugar free ideas coming tomorrow :)

  16. Erin says:

    I just clicked on your muffin tray link (I’m coveting a couple of stoneware muffin trays, but not sure what’s lead-free…) and in one of the comments, it says that only the surface is stainless steel – what do you think about that? Do you think the aluminum (I’m assuming the interior is aluminum because everyone said that they’re very light weight) would leach into the food?

    • Heather says:

      Hmmm . . . I think I’ll go look for another because over time I might scrub the top layer off while washing. So glad you caught that, Erin! Thanks!

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    If you find any 100% stainless muffin trays, will you let me know?



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