I suggest watching the video first and then checking below for links to the homemade gifts I discuss in the video. I also have a few other ideas listed, so definitely read below after watching.
If you can't see the video, then go here to watch it.
Homemade gift ideas from the video:
- Car Wash Kit
- Cookie Puzzle
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles
- Body Scrub
- Spice Rub
- 2 Liter Bottle Gift
From my mom:
Christmas traditions can be fun and memorable for families. One tradition, which our family and friends enjoyed, was our annual family Christmas postcard inspired by our three daughters. Each girl drew her own holiday picture then signed it and added her age. I then reduced the size of the pictures so that all three drawings would fit on a postcard. I added a holiday message around the drawings to further personalize the card and to help tie the drawings together. We used red or green card stock for the postcards - two to a page. Copying costs were relatively inexpensive, and postcard stamps much cheaper than regular postage. These cards have become keepsakes for our family. My children are now grown and have their own little ones. My hope is that they might consider keeping this tradition alive.
From my sister:
Ever wonder what do with the kiddos when it is freezing outside and you don't want to spend any money? I discovered ice ornaments in the December/January 2010 issue of Disney's Family Fun Magazine. My 3 year old son and I filled a 9x13 glass pan with water and red food coloring. We then placed several cookie cutters inside the pan and strung a piece of ribbon through each cookie cutter. We placed the pan outside and within hours (thanks to our zero degree weather!!) we had ice ornaments. We ran some warm water over the frozen ornaments; and we were then able to pry out each individual cookie cutter and basically pop out the ice from each cutter. We tied the ribbon into loops and hung each ornament on an outside tree for everyone to enjoy until the weather warms up.
Christmas really shouldn't be about the gifts we give or the gifts we get, but about the memories we make! ...And by making your own homemade gifts and coming up with Christmas traditions, you're doing the most important thing of all, creating lasting memories!