Christmas is a time of great joy for many people and a time of great sadness for others, lets face it these are tough economic times, and there are some who are really going to struggle to have a happy Christmas without a home or a job. Then there are the people who are just plain tired of the commercialism of Christmas, and finally there are people that are just really crafty and enjoy making and giving of their talent and wonderful gifts! And guess what, you do not even need to go out to the Black Friday sales to do all of these great things!
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If you are looking for interesting ideas to make gifts for Christmas or would like ideas for crafts and activities your children could make there are ideas a plenty on Pinterest, blogs and the web for making homemade and hand made gifts for Christmas.
I personally love to bake and give lots of cookies, cakes, breads, brownies, homemade fudge and caramel toppings and chutneys to relatives, and friends who either do not bake themselves or who really do not need anything or want any more material goods.
|Cranberry Chocolate Rugalach|
I will be baking up a storm in the next couple of weeks but for now I thought I would share the great sites I have found online.
|Made 8 batches of these for parties already.|
As I said, blog land is ripe for the plucking with ideas. The blogs listed below both have great and inexpensive ideas.
This is a great place to start, DM Designs Ultimate DIY Gift Guide. There are 101 ideas that range lip balm, to making your own vanilla, wreaths, pies in a jar, plates purses, and more.
Another place is Everything Etsy 101 simple handmade gift tutorials, there are tutorials, for bath bombs, hand made soap, lip balm, magnets, mugs, and so many more.
I also follow a blog called A Trifle Rushed, it is written by Jude who has a home both in England and Brittany, France. Currently she has been cooking and baking up a storm of traditional English recipes, mince pies, Plum pudding and many interesting liquors. Although I have eaten these delectable treats in England before I have never made any and I think that this year I am going to start. If you would like to branch out this year and try some different ideas for gifts then check out Jude.
And lets not forget the beautiful art, antiques and hand made items on Etsy. A few blog friends have fabulous sites on Etsy and they sell fabulous items, Meg from Pigtown Designs, for antique treasures, Diane from Yonks, fabulous and unique antique finds from all over Great Britain and beyond(many of which I have purchased myself), and Anita at Castles, Crowns and Cottages, wonderful, hand painted art, cards and many more images from her imagination and of course of the iconic Audrey Hepburn.
Pinterest also has tutorials everywhere! Do you know of any great homemade or hand made sites we should look at? Or do you have a favorite thing that you make to give as gifts? Let us know in the comment section, I would love to hear what everyone is up too!