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Can you give me suggestions for a home-made Christmas gift?

Asked by juwhite1 (2971points) December 12th, 2009

My husband asked that we make gifts for each other for Christmas this year. I can buy the items needed, but have to make the gift myself. (He was inspired by an anniversary gift I made him that he loved). He already knows what he’s making me, but I have yet to figure something out. I want it to be heartfelt, so I’ve been trying to figure it out on my own, but Christmas is rapidly approaching and I haven’t come up with any ideas. Can you help?

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frdelrosario's avatar

Um, I might have an idea if I were, say, married to your husband.

That is, you know what he would like.

gradyjones's avatar

Maybe a scrapbook of some of your favorite memories together?

getakick's avatar

a collage of nostalgic pictures?

Mavericksjustdoinganotherflyby's avatar

A Godzilla Pinata filled with gingerbread cookies and candy canes!

syz's avatar

A freezer full of delicious, pre-made dinners.
Home-made coffee liqueurs.
Hand made chocolates.
Frames for favorite photos.
A cd of his favorite songs.
A basket full of cookies and quickbreads.

augustlan's avatar

I agree with the idea of making some sort of ‘memory collection’. It could be either a book filled with your writings about favorite memories and all the things you love about him, or a photo collection of some sort.

If you’re a seamstress, I would think a tie would be pretty doable, too.

gradyjones's avatar

@syz How do you make home-made coffee liqueurs?

lonelydragon's avatar

The possibilities are endless:

1. A collage or scrapbook of photos from your time together.

2. A mix CD of their favorite songs.

3. Jars of massage oil or shower gel.

4. If you are an artistic, crafty sort of person, you could paint a picture or build a small piece of furniture, such as an end table.

5. Last, but not least, you could write a poem. Spice up this old standby by using nice paper and adding drawings in the margins. You could even write out the poem by longhand in calligraphy script. Calligraphy is not difficult to learn.

Shemarq's avatar

A mason jar filled with all the dry ingredients (in layers) of a good cookie, soup, or other recipe. Attach a card with the directions of what to add and how to cook. You can put a ribbon or something on it to make it look pretty too.

SamIAm's avatar

shadow box… scrapbook…. @Shemarq, love that idea.

fireinthepriory's avatar

What are you good at making? Do you have any hobbies? Run with whatever your strengths are!

If it were me, I’d probably print some of my photos really big, and then cut my own mats and build my own frames for them, since that’s all stuff that I know how to do and am good at.

gradyjones's avatar

@syz Thanks – I’m going to give that a try!

kounoupi's avatar

Given that you have the time or the skills you could also greate a wooden replica of your house. The place you both call “home” is surely one of the thing that connect you:)

augustlan's avatar

@kounoupi What an awesome idea! You could even make it with silly materials like Popsicle sticks and toothpicks, or just do a gingerbread version.

Seek's avatar

One Christmas, I gave my boyfriend (now my husband) a plaque, made from a cross-section of an oak tree, with a picture of us, a pressed flower from the first bouquet he gave me, and the phrase “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” hand-burned into the wood.

YARNLADY's avatar

It depends on what you are talented at. I can do a long list of crafts, but my favorite and the one I am best at is needlepoint. I make mousepads, coasters, wall hangings, tissue box covers, and many other gift items.

juwhite1's avatar

Lots of good ideas. Thanks to all of you!

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Something knitted!

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Or they have a bunch of great kits at Michaels (and other craft stores I’m sure), two that I was thinking about doing are the mosaic stepping stone and mosaic votive candle holders. Come to think of it, they have great candle-making kits too. Although you don’t need a kit for that, it’s so easy.

missyb's avatar

I’m making neck-warmers. It’s basically a 40-inch long tube of fleece filled about ¾ full of wheat (or rice, or flax.) I’m also adding a bit of jasmine tea for a nice aroma. Sew up the end and it’s done. To use it you microwave it for 2 minutes and drape it around the back of your neck. It holds it’s heat for about 45 minutes. The heat and weight help relax those muscles, and the scent helps relax the mind. I made one first to test it out, and my husband claimed it as his own. He loves it! I’m making one for every woman on my list this year. SO EASY!!

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