a handmade holiday – handmade gift ideas

Money isn’t flowing. I’m sure we can all agree on that. It makes it hard when you want to shower every special person in your life with a little something during the holidays. The past handful of years, I’ve been making more and more of our gifts. This year is much of the same. These are my inspirations for this year. I better get started or I’ll be making stuff on Christmas Eve at the rate I’m going!
Soy candles.

Cranberry and orange infused vodka.


Baby blankets.


Peanut butter dog treats and easy cat toys.


And if all else fails, everyone will get a ton of these amazing White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. I’m gluten free so I make these with a gluten free flour blend (usually store bought) and they are devoured in minutes.

So how are you doing on your shopping or gift making? What is on your list to buy or make?
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  1. Emily @ EAKaHouse says

    I always fall back on the “everyone is getting chocolate” routine since I work in a chocolate shop. It is like I made it I just have to buy it still. Daniel and I said the house was our present this year so I only have in-law presents to deal with. Good luck getting yours done!

  2. says

    Shopping? What? Was I supposed to start that already?

    (Seriously. I’m SO behind. Why do I do this to myself?)

    I’d love to make stuff for my family members, but that might have to wait until next year seeing as how I only have 2 weeks left aaaand sometimes making things takes time. :)

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