A lot of my gift were actually made at Thanksgiving, with my sister. The rest I finished up at home over the next few weeks and I finished around December 10th. I even had them wrapped up and ready to go. That is way ahead of schedule for me and I can't believe how much less stressful that was!
Now that all of these have gone out to the recipients, I can share some of the things I made.
Last year Lisa turned me on to canning, and I made some strawberry jam to give out. It was so yummy! This year I wanted to try something different and Lisa suggested Salsa. I love that idea so she showed me how to do it at Thanksgiving. So easy!!
Lisa and I made 8 or 9 jars at Thanksgiving and then I spent one weekend making more, once I realized all of the people I wanted to give out it.
The other cool gift idea I made (again, that Lisa came up with), was homemade lavender sugar scrub.
This was also ridiculously easy to make. This is one of my favorite products at Bath and Body Works, so I was so excited to be able to make it at home. I kept a jar (or two) for myself.
Lastly, I made these pretty necklaces. I learned how to make them at the Scrapbook Expo we went to in September. They were so cute and easy I knew I wanted to make some as gifts.
I made some Christmas ones and some non-Christmas
This one I made for a friend who is anxiously awaiting
travel for their little girl
This was my most favorite one to make :)
I decorated these cute tins to put them in:
Here are some of the gifts ready to be packaged
Ready to deliver! My favorite part.
I even picked up these cute cards at Michael's in the dollar bin to include with them.
I found this awesome blog that has the cutest handmade gift ideas. I'm a making some of those things for sure next year. Check out this post. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
And also this one. So cute! At the bottom are a ton of links to lots of handmade gifts.
Did anyone else make anything for gifts this year? Please share! I'm always looking for new ideas.