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I am on a very limited budget this year.. meaning "0" (ZERO) funds... LOL, and I would love to hear all of your ideas for easy homemade gifts to fill this thread.. LOL.. I also Love to make gifts so That is cool too...


 I am making aprons and chef hats... Earring Frames to hang earrings from... Personalized Stationary..

Homemade paper,...etc... and building one Kitchen Table for my Youngest son! I am using a table top from a furniture business we had and looking to give it some nice legs and a nice finish for his Kitchen...

Bookends for my sons Book collection ... eyc.. But I need many more ideas...


 Whatcha all have up your sleeves... ????

Help Me Please! LOL....

Merry Christmas Everyone!




 

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Edible christmas-tree decorations ?, (possibly personalised with name or shape).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/norfolk/kids/christmas_makes/edible_decorations/edible_decorations.shtml
 

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Whittling things from bits of wood is inexpensive, and also a pleasant way to spend time. Also, collect stones from rivers and beaches and polish them up for jewelery etc. Doing your own paintings and drawings is also inexpensive, or make up collages using bits of material. You could do a photo picture made up from old photos in an old frame. Or buy olive oil and put some into attractive small bottles with herbs / garlic / chilies etc. These make good presents too, and you could combine them with flavoured vinegars, say white wine vinegar with tarragon. Cheap vodka with orange or lemon for flavour is also easy, and you can make it go further by mixing it with a sugar-water solution.

I'm sure I've got some more ideas somewhere!
 

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 Those are great ideas..... Thank you.. I can use all you have .....

lol...When I was about ten.... I carved a wooden bell from an old rewood tree that came down next to my house... I was so proud of  it. The  bell was really  so pretty so I presented it to my mom for Christmas... and she put it on the counter for everyone to view, and over the next 6 monthes or so... her bell crumbled into a zillion pieces... I guess thats why the old Widow Maker came crashing down.. and was so easy to carve...Lol.....
 

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Edible christmas-tree decorations ?, (possibly personalised with name or shape).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/norfolk/kids/christmas_makes/edible_decorations/edible_decorations.shtml

Thanks Rd.....I will make some gingerbread boys... great Idea...... thanks for th site...
 

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Get some dried herbs and make up little bags - for example lavender is always a good clothes drawer smell. Or make up bouquet garnis packs, or pot pourri....
 

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 Sachets are a great idea..I did not pick my lavendar this year.. but I do have a huge bush of Rosemary........or pomaders made from oranges and cloves..... Rosemary olive oil and garlic witb some red chili peppers.... yummmmm....
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but I do have a huge bush of Rosemary........

Between you with your big bush, MIL(f) with her jammy scones and Carolyn with her vibrating breasts, we're soon going to have to X-rate this whole forum!
 

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Huh??????
 

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Nevermind.....me gets it now!!!!! Lol Shame on you... got your mind n the gutter!
 

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Nevermind.....me gets it now!!!!! Lol Shame on you... got your mind n the gutter!

I have at the moment, yes. Sorry....
 

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Nevermind.....me gets it now!!!!! Lol Shame on you... got your mind n the gutter!

I have at the moment, yes. Sorry....

Lol.. please don,t apologise.. It was funny once I caught on..... Lol..besides mine is always in the gutter lately...hee hee...
 

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but I do have a huge bush of Rosemary........

Between you with your big bush, MIL(f) with her jammy scones and Carolyn with her vibrating breasts, we're soon going to have to X-rate this whole forum!

My breast seems to have stopped vibrating!  *sigh*  Just when I was starting to enjoy it! [:I]
 

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Back to the thread. Put cookie mix in layers into a big jar that seals at the top. Fasten some christmas material on the lid with a ribbon. Write out the recipe for the cookies on the back of one of last years christmas cards. Fasten this on the jar with somw ribbon.
 

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OOOOH Thats a great idea... Nice one!!! Thanks!
 

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Back to the thread. Put cookie mix in layers into a big jar that seals at the top. Fasten some christmas material on the lid with a ribbon. Write out the recipe for the cookies on the back of one of last years christmas cards. Fasten this on the jar with somw ribbon.

"Shake & Bake"?
 

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Thanks Rd.....I will make some gingerbread boys... great Idea...... thanks for th site...

Isn't that slightly macabre, having the family hung in effigy on the Christmas tree ?.

I was thinking of shapes to match each persons interests e.g. basketball shape, American football shape, NASCAR shape, etc.
or identical shapes (e.g. stars) each marked with a person's name (in icing / cake-decorations / pinpoint depressions).
 

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I make my own table crackers out of the cut down tube from a roll of Xmas wrapping paper and coloured tissue paper.

I put in a small pack of sweets, a pen and a plastic novelty (about 1 each from one of those strange 'wonder' type shops or a Poundshop) and, of course, my own silly joke.

Then in the girls crackers I put flashing earrings and a small summat or other from Claire's (makeup, hair band, vanity mirror, the choice is almost endless) and I buy a sampler selection box of perfumes from Boots which can be split to put 1 or 2 in each cracker. The girls love these to keep in their handbag.

For the boys, I put in a flashing badge and a keyring torch, bottle opener, screwdriver or summat to that effect and again a cologne or 2 from a Boots sampler pack.
 

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Back to the thread. Put cookie mix in layers into a big jar that seals at the top. Fasten some christmas material on the lid with a ribbon. Write out the recipe for the cookies on the back of one of last years christmas cards. Fasten this on the jar with somw ribbon.
We've done that with muffins this year, as well as a mulled wine kit (a bottle of red wine and a gauze bag with all the spices in).
 

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I don't know how much a dime is!  Mars bar cake is good, you can cut into small squares, put it in a greaseproof bag with a pretty ribbon on it. 

 

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A dime for me this year is ) funds.. but I do have tons of supplies to make projects.. sewing etc... cooking... some wood projects and things of that sort!

Do you have a recipe?
 

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Back to the thread. Put cookie mix in layers into a big jar that seals at the top. Fasten some christmas material on the lid with a ribbon. Write out the recipe for the cookies on the back of one of last years christmas cards. Fasten this on the jar with somw ribbon.
We've done that with muffins this year, as well as a mulled wine kit (a bottle of red wine and a gauze bag with all the spices in).

Thanks Rd.....I will make some gingerbread boys... great Idea...... thanks for th site...

Isn't that slightly macabre, having the family hung in effigy on the Christmas tree ?.

I was thinking of shapes to match each persons interests e.g. basketball shape, American football shape, NASCAR shape, etc.
or identical shapes (e.g. stars) each marked with a person's name (in icing / cake-decorations / pinpoint depressions).

LOL LOL.. Not what I meant.. LOL.. But I did see your stars and knew what you meant and it is a great idea... I have tons of shaped cookie cutters  so that would be great... Stars included! Thanks RD!
 

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