Receiving the right homemade holiday gift is much better than getting something that comes with a gift receipt. Look outside the box and generate some truly unique Christmas gift ideas, starting with these five suggestions.Cheap Christmas Gifts - Home Canned Fall Apples
Apples are ripe for the picking in fall. Visit a fruit farm or the grocery store during the fall to get the best apples possible, and surprise friends and family with homemade canned apple pie filling or canned applesauce. It tastes so much better than store bought, and they'll appreciate knowing that it was hand picked and canned by someone they love.
After the mason jars are filled and ready to go, cut an oversized square of scrap fabric with pinking sheers, secure it around the top of the bottle, and add a pretty handmade label with a holiday greeting or apple pie recipe.
Handmade Gifts for the Holidays - No Sew Fleece Blanket
Fleece blankets use inexpensive materials and are easy to make. Start with two pieces of fleece 6" longer on each side than the finished dimensions of the blanket. Cut 1" strips along all four edges of each piece of fleece. Put the two pieces together and tie the flaps to each other.
Cute pastel patterns make good baby blankets. Twin-bed or toddler bed-sized blankets in a favorite cartoon character pattern is a good kid's blanket. Adults' blankets can feature a print of their favorite sports team. Though it's counter-intuitive, fleece is usually more expensive by the yard the fabric store than it is to buy fleece blankets and cutting them up.
Easy Christmas Gifts - Holiday Treats in a Special Container
Chocolate holiday pretzels are quick to make and fun to eat. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Put wax paper on a baking sheet and cover with pretzels (make sure none overlap.) Put a Hershey's Kiss in the center of each pretzel and pop in the oven until chocolate is just melted. Remove quickly and place a green or red M&M in the center while the chocolate is still soft.
When the treats have cooled completely, they can be removed from the baking sheet and put in a special container. Use a holiday tin, a special Christmas dish bought at a thrift store, or a handmade gift box.
Homemade Holiday Gifts - Personalized Home Video
Those with children can use their home videos to create a truly wonderful Christmas gift. Grandparents will appreciate a 20-minute long edited DVD of their grandchildren; grown children would like seeing footage of themselves when they were young. Make sure to record and add a special "Merry Christmas" message at the beginning.
Unique Christmas Gifts - Decorative Tile or Mirror
Vinyl lettering, also called vinyl stickers, are available everywhere. Choose a saying, phrase, word, or picture that is meaningful to the recipient and attach it to an inexpensive mirror or tile. Recipients will enjoy getting holiday gifts that are completely unique because they were handmade especially for them.
Coming up with Christmas ideas can sometimes be difficult, especially when celebrating the holiday season on a budget. Forget about generic store bought gifts and try making something simple for family and friends this year. These 5 homemade gifts save time and money, but most importantly, they're completely unique holiday presents.
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