This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas. This year, we are reusing decorations from previous years.
Also, I started to make Christmas gifts and cards.
We grew up thinking that store-bought cards are better, but over the years I found handmade cards are appreciated by the recipients. I like to draw Christmas images free-hand, but for variety, I am also trying these ideas out: Fingerprint Christmas lights card and Copy Cat cards
I am thrilled when I receive a personal handmade gift, but for some reason used to feel apprehensive when I gave them out. Over time, I learned handmade gifts are highly valued.
Here are a few items I’ve given out that turned out to be hits:
- Everyone likes this banana bread recipe, and I like to make a few batches as hostess gifts.
- Moisturizing salves make good gifts as well; you can customize the scent according to your recipient’s preference.
- These dog biscuits are easy to make and pet owners really like receiving them.
- My Auntie O. passed this marinated mushroom recipe to me. Makes a great last minute gift.
- I’m going to make these homemade coffee creamers and store in a decorative jar.
If you are interested in getting inspired to make handmade Christmas gifts, join the Handmade Christmas Gift Challenge!
Or, if you want to just jump in, learn everything you need to get started, head over to the Handmade Gifts Bootcamp – they are having a great Black Friday sale that ends later today but there is still time!
I included a couple of links below that can help with keeping things simple this Christmas.
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