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. I also 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. Or try making this sugar scrub.
- 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.
You still have time to get your handmade cards and gifts together. Get your kids involved, it’ll be fun!
I included a couple of links below that can help with keeping things simple this Christmas.
Please share in the comments your current favorite homemade cards and gifts.
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