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Simple Handmade Holiday Gifts

Simple Handmade Holiday Gifts

I can’t believe it’s December already! I don’t know about you, but I have handcrafting the perfect holiday gifts hot on the brain. Of course, like so many, I don’t have a lot of spare time or spare cash for gifts. Thankfully I came across the simple yet fun ideas in 15 Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas.

If you’re also ditching the consumerist mindset that you have to buy, buy, buy when it comes to the holidays, consider these gift ideas (these are my five favorites from the article I mentioned above):

1. Create themed scrapbooks depicting a favorite vacation, holiday or family celebration.

2. Tie bunches of dried herbs with a colorful ribbon and add some dried red peppers for accent color.

3. Create small sachet bags and fill with dried lavender.

4. Share your garden’s bounty by giving braided garlic or onion ropes.

5. Tie small kindling bundles of finely split aromatic wood, such as pine or cedar, with red or green cord and arrange in a basket with handles.

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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5:13AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013


12:46AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

scrapbooks are awesome

7:28PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

If you have lavender bushes, I like to make lavender wands, good for sachets in a drawer or closet. Leave the lavender on the stem, and when you harvest, leave a good stem length. Use an odd number of stems, and tie them at the base of where the blossoms are. It will take some finagling and a length of skinny ribbon to weave the ribbon and stems together like a basket, which contain the lavender buds inside.

7:17PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Some great ideas!

6:46PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

I made lavender linen spray. 3 ingredients and all food grade.

2:28AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

This should be the best one can get

11:08AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Thanks for the tips!

6:37PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Great ideas. I did lavender bags one year: bought the gauze bags with ribbons for around 50c each, some cheap brooches (some 2nd hand from St. Vinnies) just as an added decoration and pinned them where the ribbon ties, and a kilo bag of lavender from a lavender farm AUD$60, very cheap, and because lavender weighs light you get a humungous amount, enough to make truckloads of fragrant bags! :)

3:43PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Nice!. Thx...

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