I love giving gifts, it is a pleasure for me.
We are a family who likes to make or do things ourselves and gifts for Christmas for the extended family are no exception. I love to give them things that we have produced on our farm or something that I have spun or sewed or baked.
Christmas isn’t that far away now and it is about time that No 2 daughter and myself start thinking about appropriate gifts. We usually make our own Christmas cards and send out about 60 of them. We try and send these our the first week of December but sometimes it gets a bit later.
I was thinking this afternoon of what we could make to give. Most
years we make up a hamper of goodies with homemade jam, a jar of our own honey, a block of homemade cheddar cheese, and some baking.
This year I want to add some homemade soap (need to get a move on and make it this coming week) and maybe I’ll get No 2 daughter to weave some oven mitts.
Here are some ideas I’ve had:
- plum puddings in bottles (see recipe posted earlier)
- feta cheese in olive oil with sundried tomatoes
- cheddar cheese
- woven pot holders
- spun wool for the knitter
- home made soap
- fruit cakes, yo yo biscuits
- homemade pasta
- knitted or crocheted dish cloths
Maybe you can package the gifts up fancy with a nice jar and spoon for the honey or by wrapping your baking in cellophane with pretty ribbon.
You might not have the ability to do these things this year, but maybe you could prepare for the coming years.
If you don’t have a homestead or land to use for bees or a milking cow or goat, you could just make some beautiful biscuits or cakes or both. Who doesn’t love baking as a gift. I know we certainly do.
JUST A WARNING:
This desire to make all our gifts can get a bit of a drag especially when you are running to a timetable, but it is something that I endeavor to do. Just try and make sure that you have enough time and it doesn’t get stressful, otherwise it just won’t be fun.
What do you do for gifts, have you any more ideas for us??
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