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ChandraNH

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Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« on: August 07, 2018, 08:21:25 AM »
Didn't see a 2018 thread started yet, so here goes:

What are you making for the holidays this year?

Prior threads:

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/homemade-christmas-2013/

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/homemade-christmas-2014-edition!!/

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/homemade-christmas-2015-edition!!/

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/homemade-christmas-2016/

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/homemade-christmas-2017-edition!/


Sister:  I'm pickling a bunch of okra today and canning some homemade bloody mary mix tomorrow and will use those two, along with booze and maybe pickled green beans, in a bloody mary basket for my sister and brother in law (she's also getting a subscription to YNAB).

Mom:  Raspberry lemonade jam and green tomato and hot pepper pickles I canned last night, plus whatever else I wind up canning this summer.  I think I'll put together some homemade bath oils, soaps, scrubs, along with a photography class as she's finally fully retiring this year at age 68 and will need something to do.

MIL/FIL: Raspberry lemonade jam, green tomato and hot pepper pickles and whatever else I can.

What's on your list?
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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018, 08:24:49 AM »
Forgot something:

FIL:  He and I are the only two who love fruitcake, so I'm making fruitcake for us this Christmas and probably need to get started soaking the fruit so it's ready. 

I think I'll also make some gingerbread cake for him.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 09:10:13 AM »
Homemade gifts are going to be mostly on DH this year.  He's finally gotten access to a wood shop to work in, and he's going to make wood cutting boards and/or coasters for almost everyone.  For a few people who don't need those, I'll come up with something edible.  Maybe brandied pears again, those were popular last year.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2018, 09:14:15 AM »
This is inspiring! Last year, I knitted scarves out of fancy yarn for both parents (momís was silk lace weight, dadís was a wool/cashmere blend). I think itís my MILís turn to receive a scarf: something super-soft in cranberry red.

Husband brews beer and wine, we both can fruits and veggies, and I love to bake so I think there will be many food gifts this year.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2018, 09:44:34 AM »
I'm just getting started for this year.  I do a combo of sewn gifts, knit gifts, and food gifts, so I'm definitely behind.

Joann's 75th anniversary sale is going on, and they have a bunch of holiday fabric for $1.50 and $1.75 a yard.  I'm going to pick some up to make reusable gift bags and our matching Christmas pajamas.

Here are my projects and their status:

Scarf for DW - half finished
Matching family PJs - need to buy fabric
Gift bags - some are sewn already, need more fabric
Letter beanbags for DD - Cut out and ready to sew
Hot sauce for teachers - peppers are growing in the garden
Layered mason jar soup mix for teachers - the split peas and red lentils require a trip to the Indian market, I have the other beans already
Buckeyes for FIL - need to be made in December

Need to figure out what I'm doing for MIL, my mom, and my son who will be almost 2.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2018, 12:26:09 PM »
Ooh hot sauce is a great idea.  we have tabasco peppers ripening now and can likely get a few bottles out of that.

Also my mom has a ton of pecan trees in her yard, so I may gather a bunch and make pralines.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2018, 12:39:51 PM »
Good timing, great idea. PTF!

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2018, 01:01:30 PM »
I’m in

In the past I’ve made vanilla extract and a clock made from a Harley Davidson clutch cover.

Ideas for this year so far (which have been ideas in the past but never got made):
-homemade peanut butter cups
-paracord dog leashes

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2018, 04:21:34 AM »
This thread so inspired me last year! I ended up having a great time making coasters with fancy paper and mod pod for my girls (and the obligatory ďfirst tryĒ set for myself!) :)

I also generally make a foodstuff, and last year was spiced nuts; I made sweet batches but also savory ones for diabetic friends/relatives last year.

This year Iíve started early with a cross stitch piece for my daughter. Looking forward to following this thread for other creative ideas.

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2018, 04:38:26 AM »
I'm thrilled to see this thread. I've knitted up an infinity scarf for my best friend - funny backstory on that. She gave me a bag of lovely yarn and asked if I would make her one (since she couldn't figure it out), and gift it to her for Christmas. So I looked on YouTube and found an excellent video. Bonus: she gave me so much yarn that I made matching infinity scarves for her daughters. :)

Still to work on: cross stitch project for my sister, and cross stitch ornaments for the kids.

Looking forward to getting ideas. :)

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2018, 05:37:01 AM »
PTF. Need to start planning for this Christmas!

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2018, 11:53:37 AM »
I'm not sure what I'll do this year.  My dad will get some homemade pie crust mix, as usual (gave it to him once and he's requested it as a gift ever since).  Last year I made all the guys pot holders and skillet handle pot holders (they all cook, everyone uses cast iron), and all the girls got small purses/bags.  Past years I've done dog treats, vanilla, oatmeal smoothie mix, stuff like that.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2018, 06:36:10 AM »
Oh man. I'm so glad I scanned this thread. I would never have thought about making homemade hot sauce and that is a genius idea!  Does anyone know if it freezes well? The hot peppers are the only thing that is growing like mad in my garden this year and I'd love to use some of them up.

I did make 12 jars of strawberry jam in June that I am keeping in the freezer until December when I'll give them to coworkers with a simple holiday ornament. I just have to find a creative way of making them look gift-worthy. I'm thinking a small bit of fabric and cute coord around the top but need to see what I already have vs. what I need to pick up between now and then.  This is the first time ever I'll be giving a homemade food-item and I'm very excited about it. One girl from my office does homemade doggie treats for the dog owners and another does homemade salsa every year. I really like the homemade touch.

I really like to do a small something for my coworkers each year to let them know how much I appreciate working with them and I am so happy to have something sorted out so far in advance this time. It's a huge relief. Since my husband and I only exchange like one thing for the holidays, and the two sons are 19 and 20 now, it should be an easy holiday gifting year. (they really only want money, chocolate, and maybe a few gift cards to places they like to eat).
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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2018, 07:21:40 AM »
Made holiday sugar cookies decorated with red and green icing last year which turned out beautifully, so I may do the same again this year. Since most locals in China don't own an oven, homemade cookies are a special treat. I also made a gingerbread house last year which turned out very nicely. Homemade gingerbread houses are also a rare treat, and I think the staff will enjoy it.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2018, 05:49:52 AM »
Homemade soap, and may be cookies. I have to start another batch of soap soon  to make sure that they are well cured before Christmas.

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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2018, 08:35:53 PM »
I think I'm going to make this for my 2 year old.  Just the Mr. Potatohead set, not the whole quiet book:

http://jocelynandjason.blogspot.com/2011/11/mr-potato-head-quiet-book-pages-10-11.html

It's 9:30 right now and I'm trying to decide if I gather my chi to do some crafting right now.   I might just knit for a bit, or Google up some more gift ideas for my mom and MIL.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2018, 06:54:26 AM »
Last year I made a lot of dill pickles, raspberry jalapeno jam, rosemary garlic bread, and some rolled kolach bread.  I always feel like I should be getting people more permanent things, but then I remember that *I* don't want permanent things either, and maybe food items are the best choice after all.  I'm always glad for this Christmas thread for more ideas, though!

So far the only permanent thing on my Christmas list for me is more beeswax paper to replace waxed paper for food storage.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2018, 11:22:43 AM »
I'm one of those odd people who love getting homemade things for Christmas, versus another dust-collector that I have to remember to take out of storage when the gift-giver comes over.

Don't know if hot sauce can be frozen, but if you're up for it find some fermented hot sauce recipes, I think those will keep out of the freezer and without canning techniques.

Saw a neat gift idea on reddit, a cheeseboard set without the cheese.  The poster made spiced nuts, a couple of jams, homemade crackers, dried fruit I think and paired them up nicely in a gift box with recommendations for cheeses to go with the items.  You could even throw in a gift card for a local cheese shop and you have a great gift for someone who likes to entertain.

got a bunch of melons at the farmer's market this weekend so I'm making melon jam for the first time and that will go in my husband's stocking.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2018, 12:09:23 PM »
Like @ChandraNH said, many hot sauce recipes can keep in just a clean bottle.  Any vinegar-based hot sauce will keep outside the fridge, and same for the fermented ones.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2018, 06:38:10 AM »
@SimpleCycle , @ChandraNH , thanks for the hot sauce idea!  My sister and sister-in-law both love hot sauce, and we're growing jalapeno and habanero peppers this year, so I have somewhere to start!  My sister is on a super strict diet for bodybuilding, so hot sauce is a much better plan than jam or sweet bread :)

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2018, 07:28:31 AM »
PTF

We've done vanilla extract in the past with rave reviews, so will probably check on my supply and make more if needed.  I've gotten away from baked goods because my extended family just didn't seem very appreciative. So last year they got nothing from us (which they were all fine with). Grandma has decided to retire from hosting Christmas, so that side of my family will not be getting together anymore.

I'm having trouble finding my motivation this year. Good thing I've still got a few months.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2018, 11:38:29 AM »
One of my favorite threads!
So far I've made a jewelry roll for my best friend, travel sets for my two editors (3 cloth charging cord keepers that fasten with velcro and a matching zip pouch for earbuds, in a matching zipper bag suitable for toiletries), and some of the cord keepers in a different fabric for my husband's stocking. I'm planning to knit leg warmers for my elderly FIL, who because of nerve damage suffers from chronic coldness in his lower legs. I've also canned various jams and salsa, some of which will be gifted.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2018, 01:56:01 PM »
I have done natural stone tiles in the past and they are still used by everyone that I gave them to.

I am trying to get back into crocheting (as a stress reducer) and I am thinking some simple wash cloth sets with craft soaps would be pretty good little gives.  We will see if I can figure that out in time for the holidays.

If you can't tell, I am really just posting so that this thread keeps popping up for me!

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2018, 03:14:45 PM »
PTF. I love doing homemade things (do some number of homemade gifts every year) but it can be hard to figure out What To Make. I end up doing candies and dog treats every year, and usually some amount of yarn-crafted item, but I'm starting to stymy myself and need some new ideas.

I really like the cheeseboard sans cheese idea -- I may snag that for my boyfriend's dad.


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« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2018, 04:22:30 PM »
I'd like to join!

So far, I'm making these things:
- cross stitched gift for a friend
- PJ pants for us + visitors (total of 4) - this is a new tradition I started last year and was a big success.
- matching dog / cat collars. Made them from the fabric scraps of the pants, were also received very well.

I need to come up with a LOT more things.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2018, 04:58:16 PM »
The chessboard sounds like a great idea for my Dad. Thanks for sharing!I

@Mntgrl  the translate sound interesting to me, would you share the instructions?

Last year I made lunchbags with wax material that were a success and I made notice boards out of pieces of wood ( kitchen cupboard front pieces) that I can always find very  cheap(2-3 Ä) in Ikeas Fundgrube. They usually have a " framed" look and I use self adhesive Velcro ( from Aldi) to attach small laminated cards.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2018, 07:04:18 PM »
I have done natural stone tiles in the past and they are still used by everyone that I gave them to.

I am trying to get back into crocheting (as a stress reducer) and I am thinking some simple wash cloth sets with craft soaps would be pretty good little gives.  We will see if I can figure that out in time for the holidays.

If you can't tell, I am really just posting so that this thread keeps popping up for me!

I was given a gift something like this once -  a "spa in a jar"* - handknit washcloth in white cotton, bath salts, homemade soap, a natural clay mask, a homemade "massage tart" and a tea candle in a pretty mason jar.   A Christmas napkin with a poinsettia replaced the canning lid (the canning ring held it on and the poinsettia was centered), so it was very seasonal.

*Literally, it had a pretty label that said SPA in a Jar.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2018, 07:31:42 PM »
I love handmade gifts for people who appreciate them 😀

In the past I've made towels that hang on your oven/fridge handle, soaps, book clutch purse (take a book's guts out, cover in fabric and add a zipper, it was really cute).

This year we're traveling for Christmas, everyone is meeting in a fun destination. I wanted to do vanilla, but since it's a liquid it would be inconvenient for the receivers to take on their flights home.

I sew, so I'm into ideas that are sewn. Maybe infinity scarves? They're quick. Or cute bags but those aren't great for the men.

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2018, 08:41:19 PM »
The chessboard sounds like a great idea for my Dad. Thanks for sharing!I

@Mntgrl  the translate sound interesting to me, would you share the instructions?

Here are the instructions for the cord keepers -- super useful and easy to make: http://leafytreetopspot.blogspot.com/2013/05/tutorial-diy-cord-keeper-from-fabric.html

This is the instructions for the earbud pouch: https://www.erinerickson.com/2011/11/circle-zip-earbud-pouch-tutorial/

And this is the jewelry roll: https://www.marthastewart.com/1528028/quilted-jewelry-roll

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Re: Homemade Christmas (and other holidays)- 2018 Edition
« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2018, 11:49:18 PM »
Mtngrl, thanks for sharing, I will make some for family and I think these will also be great for the Christmas fair at my kids Steiner School.