Handmade for xmas!

November 20th, 2008 @ 22:49

xmas murloc

I mentioned that we’re moving soon in my previous post. Of course, this means we won’t have much money, or time. Because of this I decided that this year we’re making home made, cheap gifts for all my friends and family. I can’t tell you exactly what I’m going to make because my friends read this blog,  but seeing how I’m a foodie it’ll probably go that direction.

There are so many talented people out there, making gorgeous things. I thought I’d put together a short list of nice and simple things you can make as gifts and give away.

I love xmas and gift giving. I can’t wait to get started!

  • Anni and Heikki at Tofu for Two made a type of cookie mix last year
  • .. and the latest number of Elle Mat och Vin had a suggestion for a cookie mix that you just mix with melted margarine and golden syrup packaged in a lovely jar.
  • Make a box of truffles! Maybe these? My favourite is chocolate and orange, like these. (I use soycreamer or coconut milk/cream) Or raspberry (these are extra fancy).
  • Make some nice crisp bread and give away. These recipes with sunflower seeds or caraway that I found over at Anne’s Food might be nice. Use half a sachet of dry yeast instead of fresh if you can’t find it.
  • A jar of marmalade is never wrong. And seeing how Christmas season is also citrus season you should definitely use your favourite citrus marmalade recipe and make a bunch of jars.
  • .. or you could make cheezy crackers and give away. Make a triple batch because it’s very likely you’ll eat a lot of them. Celine at Have Cake Will Travel made these!
  • Not food related, but easy and awesome are these tissue holders. Make a bunch!
  • Or  make your own pretty hairsticks to give away to those long haired ladies (and guys!).
  • You could make these cute little accordion books and fill them with poetry, or recipes, or leave them blank.
  • Or if you’re a baker, make a loaf of nice sourdough bread, wrap it in a tea towel and tie a nice ribbon around it.

What are some of your suggestions? Give me links, or just a nice comment.


  1. Just stumbled on a discussion in Metafilter, where people have all kinds of nice ideas for Christmas gifts. Not all of them are vegan, but most of the ideas were easily veganizable.

    Oh, and thanks for mentioning our cookie mix. =)

    Comment by Heikki - November 21st, 2008 at 10:17 am
  2. Home-made gifts are the best. I made Heikki a new recipe notebook for his birthday this year, and it was surprisingly easy to bind the book. I mostly used the instructions from the book “Making Stuff and Doing Things”, it’s like a compilation of DIY zines, and a great resource!

    (I want snow too!)

    Comment by Anni - November 21st, 2008 at 10:23 am
  3. I agree. Homemade gifts are the best. I love your ideas and will print them out. Gonna give something homemade this year!

    Comment by Mihl - November 21st, 2008 at 4:52 pm
  4. Aww, how lovely! I hope to do homemade gifts this year as well!

    Comment by Melisser - November 22nd, 2008 at 5:41 am
  5. oh, I’m hand-making my presents this year, too! these are wonderful suggestions. I think most people are going to be getting collaged boxes from me, though - you buy naked wooden boxes in craft stores and then funk them up and fill them with candy! it’s fun. :D

    Comment by Liz² - November 22nd, 2008 at 11:23 am
  6. Homemade gifts are absolutely the best! I’ve been doing gift baskets of homemade jams and goodies for years, and I’m always amazed that people go crazy for it. I think homemade gifts mean so much more than plastic trinkets from Walmart. Great ideas!

    Comment by Rural Vegan - November 22nd, 2008 at 4:13 pm
  7. I was very much interested in home made gifts, i also good collection of these gifts. Your post home made gifts was great.

    Thanks for posting.

    Comment by Cooking Schools - November 24th, 2008 at 5:37 am
  8. Homemade granola is always nice. Or a “coupon” booklet for free things you can do for the gist-giver, like a free backrub or free ride.

    Comment by urbanvegan - December 10th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

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