Handmade Gift Ideas #2
More Handmade Gifts
As I was reading through my first Hub on handmade gifts, I thought about some more. I like to give handmade gifts whenever possible, as it shows effort and thought going into a gift. Don't get me wrong...I'm not saying purchased gifts are meaningless. I understand some things on wishlists cannot be made, and many people do not have the time nor the desire to make a gift. And, not everyone is a crafter.
- Home Baked Goodies - who doesn't like to get some home baked cookies or squares? Or fudge? Or biscotti for the coffee lover on your list?
- Cookies in a Jar - not baked cookies, but rather the mix layered in a jar, tied with a ribbon. This can also be done for soup mixes...just be sure to attach the recipe as well.
- If you are a gardener, or are giving a gift to a gardener, you could put some nice plants with similar water and light requirements in a decorative container. Along with the plants, toss in a package or two of seeds you've saved from your own garden.
- For the sewer or quilter on your list, why not make a tote bag full of pockets? There are many great commercial patterns available...just visit your local quilt or fabric store.
- An herb garden in a container - a mix of different herbs that will fit on a windowsill. This is a gift that will keep giving for many years to come. An extra package of seeds for each type of herb planted tied with a ribbon will make it even more enjoyable. Plus, the recipient can plant them in an outdoor herb garden.
- Wooden Bench - if you're a woodworker, or can at least use basic tools, you can make a wooden bench or picnic table for someone. These items will be used for years, possibly even decades. Some simple patterns can be found online, or in woodworking magazines.
- Garden Trellis - these can be made any size, and out of several different materials. I have seen some very neat patterns made out of flexible copper tubing. Also, this is a great way to recycle something like an old rickety ladder.
- Stepping Stones - a simple form made out of wood and filled with ready-mix concrete can be a great gift for the gardener. Another neat idea is to pour the concrete onto a large rhubarb leaf. The veins will be visible in the stone, and no two will be exactly alike.
These are just a few more ideas...many more will be added as time goes on.
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