12 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

christmas gift ideas, giving gifts, edible christmas giftsIt is better to give than to receive, and if you’re looking for unique, inexpensive Christmas gifts you can make at home, we have 12 homemade Christmas gift ideas just for you (no sewing or baking required!).

While some DIY Christmas gifts may cause people to shudder and mumble “Oh … thanks … you made that!” with a stunned look on their face, these homemade gifts are sure to be a real hit with your family and friends.  (Be sure to scroll down to the end to see where to find free printable gift tags for your packages, as well!)

So, let’s get started with these unique Christmas gift ideas:

1. Cranberry, Almond and Vanilla Granola  – This one is perfect for the holiday giving season since it can make a delicious quick breakfast or a simple, healthy snack to have on hand for last minute guests or famished children during their days home from school.

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2. Play Dough – Mix up a few different colors of this recipe and package them in small air-tight containers for a whole family, stacked together for a colorful display; perfect for keeping kids (and creative adults) occupied during the holiday break.

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3. Rosemary Lemon Salt Hand Scrub (by Mommie Again) — mix some of this up to set out for guests during holiday events at the house and package up the extra to give as hostess gifts, or the perfect non-food gift for a friend. Four simple ingredients make up this blend: coarse sea salt, oil, rosemary essential oil and lemon essential oil.

rosemary lemon salt hand scrub by mommie again

4. Hot Chocolate Mix – put together this homemade dry mix (3 simple ingredients), place in a decorative jar or container, and attach a small label with simple directions for whipping the mix up into a nice glass of hot cocoa.

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5. Sweet Roasted Pecans – Roast some pecans with some sweet seasoning and tie them up with pretty ribbon in a clear gift bag for small personal treats, or a large bag for a hostess or family gift.

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6. Hot Chocolate or Coffee Stirrers – make caramels or peppermint candies into delicious coffee or tea stirrers for a festive Christmas gift that’s perfect for teachers and friends.

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7. Seasoning Mixes for Cooking (including Italian, Taco, or Fajita — Taco Seasoning shown below) – mix up a batch of a cooking seasoning mix that you know your family and friends will enjoy, store it in a fun air-tight container with a label suggesting how much to use for common recipes.  Eat healthier, cooking with seasonings that contain no additives!

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8. Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar – layer all the dry ingredients for these cookies (including some holiday M&M’s) in a tall jar and label with instructions for adding the wet ingredients when ready to mix up a fresh batch of cookies.  Who wouldn’t enjoy that, right?

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9. Pumpkin Spice Popcorn Trail Mix from Project Motherhood – because who couldn’t use a healthy snack mix that’s easy to have on hand for extra guests or unexpected visitors?  Fresh popped popcorn tossed with chocolate chips, almonds, and seasoned with a sprinkling of pumpkin spice latte mix.

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10. Chocolate Pretzels – Use large pretzel sticks and dip into white or dark chocolate (or both) and then drizzle with some of both as well for a festive salty sweet snack or treat for the holidays.

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11. Superfood Chocolate Bark – Dark chocolate with almonds and goji berries makes a healthy and delicious treat, a delightful Christmas gift for friends and family alike.

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12. Vanilla Extract (including printable label for bottle) – make your own vanilla extract (it does take some time to cure completely) and make enough for friends, too, with this easy recipe!

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(See These Helpful Hints)
No matter which homemade Christmas gift you choose to make, stop over at Homemade Gifts Made Easy and print out their free printable gift tags for your gifts!

Please leave us a comment below with your favorite homemade Christmas gift ideas or suggestions; we love hearing from you.

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Be sure to grab your free Printable CheckList for Stocking the Pantry for Easy Meals (be ready at a moment’s notice to whip up your next easy dinner with these simple ingredients on hand).

 

 

Lastly, remember to take a peek in the store and see if our Bamboo Cutting Board, Gift Subscription for a Dish Dish Pro account, or Digital Recipe Album could be the perfect gift for one of your loved ones this year!

10 Fabulous Soups You Will Fall in Love With

 

 
10 fabulous soup recipesDo you find yourself stuck in a rut sometimes, making the same couple of soup recipes over and over?  Occasionally that happens to us, too.  And so today we encourage you to branch out, try something new, and we hope you will fall in love with most (if not all) of these 10 Fabulous Soups!

After all, the perfect dish for fall and winter is a warm, hearty soup.  But maybe you’ve been nervous about trying a certain type of soup, figuring you could only really enjoy that one at a restaurant?  Put all those thoughts behind you and dive in with both feet to one of these fabulous soup recipes.

1. Let’s start off with this Cheesy Potato Soup, a hearty soup full of celery, carrots, and onion along with the potatoes; adding chopped bacon and cheese gives a robust flavor for enjoying! (see more potato soup recipes)

cheesy potato soup recipe

 

2. Next up is a tomato soup recipe for Tomato Basil Soup; this one is so creamy and delicious, you will think you are dining in a five-star restaurant.  It only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, and requires just 6 ingredients! (see more tomato soup recipes)

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3. If the idea of a cabbage soup recipe makes you think of diets or cleansing, disregard those thoughts (while still thinking about eating healthy) and give this Stuffed Cabbage Soup recipe a whirl.  Reminiscent of the robust flavor in stuffed cabbage rolls, this soup is delightful! (see other cabbage soup recipes)

stuffed cabbage soup recipe

 

4. And here is our favorite tortilla soup recipe, Chicken Vegetable Tortilla Soup served up over crispy tortilla strips with some lime and grated cheese.  Super delicious! (see more tortilla soup recipes)

chicken vegetable tortilla soup recipe

5. Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is an all-time favorite around our house; the Cajun / Creole spicy flavors and hearty goodness are hard to pass up; serve over a little brown rice and toast up some crusty bread for a wonderful dinner! (see more gumbo recipes)

chicken and sausage gumbo recipe

 

6. Here’s a Simple French Onion Soup recipe – I know you’re thinking that it can’t possibly be as good as the restaurant version, or that it must be incredibly difficult to make, but not at all!  Leave a comment when you try it and let us know what you think about it.

french onion soup recipe

 

7. Lobster Bisque is one of those soups many might think is too fancy to make at home, but it’s surprisingly simple and terrifically tasty; this one has a base of mushrooms, onion, celery, and carrot lightly browned and cooked in chicken broth before adding lobster, cream and other seasonings, giving it a really rich and full flavor.

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8. Next up is a quick Cheesy Corn Chowder, seasoned with onion, chopped bacon, mixed peppers and cheeses.  Ready in 30-45 minutes. (see more chowder recipes)

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9. For Meatless Monday or a vegetarian meal, check out this Veggie Bean Soup that’s super easy to get together.  (more vegetable soup recipes)

veggie bean soup recipe

 

10. Now for the last soup recipe of our 10 fabulous soup recipes list, an amazing Pasta Fagioli soup, full of veggies and noodles along with some sliced turkey sausage.

pasta fagioli soup recipe

 

So, what do you think of this list?  Did we leave off some that are either your favorites or ones you would like to try?  Please leave us a comment with your thoughts.