Friday, October 22, 2010

Let's talk Holidays.

It's almost that time of year again!! I come from a pretty small family, but my husband has around 80-ish cousins and a whole lotta aunts and uncles. He's the youngest of four and so we also have a lot of nieces and nephews. For the sake of my sanity (and bank account), I start thinking about the holidays pretty early. Whenever possible, we do homemade/handmade gifts. I think it's great for the kids...but it's also good for the grown ups too. With a little planning ahead, it's really quite easy and can be a lot of fun!

Below are a list of ideas of fun and affordable handmade/homemade gifts...some of which the kids can even get in on!!

1. Know how to knit or crochet? Check out for tons of cute patterns...and they're free! That's the route we're taking this year. Adults are getting crocheted washcloths that can be used as rags, hot plates, dish cloths...whatever they need them for. Kids are getting matching hats and mittens.

2. Candles! I found some really easy instructions on how to make some pretty candles.

3. Hot Cocoa Mix. Put this in a cute mug and you're good to go!

4. Soap Balls! I remember doing this when I was little and it went over really well.

5. Sock Puppets (for kids, of course)

6. No Sew Sachets (Kid friendly)

7. Adorable Pin Cushions

8. Awesome Storage Bins (some sewing skills required)

Have some ideas to share? I'd love to hear what other families do for homemade Christmas gifts!

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