Homemade for the Holidays

We have been busy in the kitchen this week!  Nothing like trying to get in shape while doing a ton of holiday baking!

I love homemade gifts, both giving and receiving them!  Not only are they frugal, they are a token that shows someone that you value them enough to take time out of your crazy schedule to create something for them.  Edible gifts are a good gift for that “person who has everything” that is usually one of the last people left on your list, too.

As I previously mentioned, this year I made vanilla extract.  In that post I explained how to do it, but I did want to show you the finished product!  I found some inexpensive jars at Specialty Bottle online and printed these cool free printables on some large mailing labels.

Ta Dah!  My two quart jars made 10 gift jars of vanilla extract:

I spent a large part of the day working on other culinary gifts… peppermint rice krispie treats, millionaires, peppermint bark, and peanut butter fudge.  I also made some homemade play dough!

Instead of going out and purchasing new gift tins, I decided to use mason jars, of which I have a plethora…  (The plastic jars the play dough is in are also from Specialty Bottle):

I even found these cute jar labels on the Ball Facebook Page (free to any fan).

I crocheted several gifts this year as well, but I’ll have to wait until after Christmas to show you!

What about you?  What homemade gifts have you put together this year?


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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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