Homemade Gifts (are the best!)
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I am a big fan of homemade gifts. There’s just something a little extra special in receiving a gift that was toiled over rather than one that was simply purchased. I’m certainly not saying that I don’t appreciate that yummy chocolate and books I got back in January at my birthday, because I most definitely did!

Today, we are wishing one of our interns, Savannah from Ohio, a very happy birthday!! While Brie is busy in the kitchen baking some yummy cupcakes, I decided to make a simple gift. Just a little something since she is so far from home for her special occasion.

Yes, I’m hoping that Daniel keeps her too busy to read this post before we eat dinner tonight. Ha! It’s hay season, so I think I can risk it.

Wendy got me addicted to Pinterest (thanks, Wendy) and I found a picture on there which linked back to this blog with a tutorial for making Criss-Cross Coasters. I fell in love. 🙂

Here’s my version for Savannah (Using all scraps from a former quilt I made for a friend)

What kind of handmade gifts have you made? Can the instructions be found somewhere online? Post the link and share!

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.
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14 Responses to Homemade Gifts (are the best!)

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  2. Tasha says:

    Oh I agree with something homemade! I love knowing someone took the extra time to make me something with their own hands. I don’t have a sewing machine, but try to make homemade goodies from the kitchen when I can. Here is one I made recently. Thanks for sharing the cute coasters!! What a great gift!
    http://thefontenotslife.blogspot.com/2012/04/lemon-sugar.html

  3. Annie says:

    I love homemade gifts! Both to give and to receive. For Christmas this year, our gift to family and friends were different spice/dip mixes, all made from homegrown and/or organic herbs and spices. All packaged in old baby food jars that we inherited. The recipes were in a cookbook that I have, not online…sorry.

    But I have also made these: (I’ll admit, when I first read the recipe I said, “These are too weird NOT to be good!”)
    http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Orange-Ancho-Spiced-Nuts
    And they are divine!!

  4. I make fusettes de lavande (lavender wands). http://i48.tinypic.com/oa55jt.jpg

  5. Michele says:

    I absolutely agree. Handmade gifts are the best. I’ve made everything from Apple Butter & Strawberry Jam, to Wristlets and Crocheted items like hats, scarves and ponytail holders.

    Here are a few of my links with instructions/recipes. Enjoy!

    http://www.mrsgardengirl.blogspot.com/2011/10/very-cute-handmade-wristlets.html
    http://www.mrsgardengirl.blogspot.com/2012/05/ramsey-jamsey-strawberry-jam.html
    http://www.mrsgardengirl.blogspot.com/2011/11/all-day-apple-butter.html
    http://www.mrsgardengirl.blogspot.com/2011/09/next-stopproject-runway.html

  6. Leilani says:

    Love homemade gifts, they carry so much more meaning for giver as well as receiver. I knitted scarves for all of my almost-daughter- inlaws for Christmas last year. Quilted potholders are another favorite gift. Preserves and dried herbs are another favorite gift. My mother honored us all with quilts for Christmas last year 🙂

  7. Caitlyn M. says:

    Happy birthday, Savannah!! It was so fun getting to meet you back in January! 😀

  8. Mary in FL says:

    I have made these, too, and they can be folded diagonally for a different effect.

  9. Melissa says:

    My sister and I buy berries all summer and freeze them. In the fall we get together (now with our daughters Morgan 9, Sarah 8) and make jams and jellies. Darcy gives them to her co-workers and I give them to my husbands huge family. It is such a special time for us. Both in the making and the giving.

  10. Michele says:

    I agree 100%! I always try to come up with something homemade for all my gifts. It is much more personal that way and it was from the heart. Someone took their time to make something for you. That is so special. Here are links to a few of the things I’ve made recently as gifts.

    http://mrsgardengirl.blogspot.com/2012/05/ramsey-jamsey-strawberry-jam.html
    http://mrsgardengirl.blogspot.com/2011/11/all-day-apple-butter.html
    http://mrsgardengirl.blogspot.com/2011/10/very-cute-handmade-wristlets.html
    http://mrsgardengirl.blogspot.com/2011/12/fun-winter-hobby.html

    Enjoy!

  11. Sailorssmallfarm says:

    The coasters are very pretty, I’m sure Savannah appreciated them. We did a family challenge last Christmas – each of us (4) had to make our main present to each of the others. It went very well – my husband was a bit stumped initially but got creative and came up with very funny presents like a cat teaser – string and bobble on a stick. It was so successful as an idea we pledged to make as many presents as possible – my brother’s family all received homemade for their birthdays – jams, cookies, fudge, crocheted stuff, photo album. We don’t want to lock ourselves in exactly with this idea – sometimes a new tool or new book is the perfect gift, but it does make you think more about the receiver, and also stretches your creativity -a good thing.

  12. audio design says:

    The above shown homemade gifts are looking very beautiful and attractive. I think there is nothing bad in homemade gifts but our thinking make them of low preference.

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