Nov 3, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday - Homemade Gifts to give to neighbors, teachers and friends

Tipsy Tuesdays

Every year I am plagued by the same concern... to give or not to give?  There are people in my life who I care about, like my childrens' teachers, my neighbors and a collection of friends whom I like enough to give a gift to, but they are either unable to reciprocate (because of various reasons), or they aren't prepared to participate in gift giving with me (ever hear of a surprise gift?  I am not a big fan of unexpected/undisclosed gifts, makes me feel like I let the other person down, therefore I try not to give them... so I don't make others uncomfortable.)

Some years I have NOT given and feel like I am not being generous, some years I have given, but because I waited until the last minute I felt that the gift either cost more than I wanted to spend (thus making the other person feel bad for NOT getting me anything) OR what I gave seemed cheap a little less thoughtful than I intended (i.e. WHAT'S THE POINT!?).

So, I came to the decision that homemade and/or inexpensive-yet-creative gifts are the way to go!  They are thoughtful without being overly extravagant.  They meet the need (to give a gift) without giving the other person a guilt trip.   If someone DOES buy me a gift, I don't feel like I dropped the ball, because I have lovingly made something for them... (plus, I keep a few extras around to give in the off-chance of a surprise gift - yes... I am that kinda gal).

I hope to share a few over the next couple weeks, to get all of my (40) readers some ideas for the holidays... if you are a friend and live near me... act surprised, amazed and genuinely appreciative if you happen to receive one of these lovely ideas as your gift this Christmas... and I'll do the same!

Wishing you a "Souper" Holiday Season
Gift suggestion: Soup makings or mix with crackers in mug or soup bowl. This would look great in a basket! Make a "soup in a jar" as a part of this gift.

You're getting 'muffin' for Christmas
Gift suggestion: Muffins or flavored muffin mix. You could include a muffin pan and/or a jam, jelly or preserve.

Here's a little "dough" for Christmas!
Gift suggestion: A roll or tub of cookie dough and cookie cutters.

"Nibble, nibble like a mouse.
We hope you'll nibble at this house!
Merry Christmas"
Gift Suggestion: Gingerbread house or gingerbread house kit ready to decorate.

Hoping you have a "ball" this Holiday Season!
Merry Christmas"
Gift Suggestion: Popcorn balls, or cheese ball and crackers.

"Whisking" you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
Gift Suggestion: Whisk filled with treats.

"You make friendship bloom all year round.
Merry Christmas"
Gift Suggestion: Poinsettia plant or other type of flowering plant

"Not a creature was "stirring"..."
Gift Suggestion: Wooden spoon w/ favorite drink or baking mix

"We "tray"sure your friendship!"
Gift Suggestion: Homemade/Hand painted Christmas Tray

"We have to ad-"mitt" you're a great neighbor!"
Gift Suggestion: Oven Mitt filled w/ treats (dollar store anyone?)

"Fudge" a little on the calories and enjoy the Holiday Season!"
Gift Suggestion: Fudge

"We don't mean to sound "Cheesey", we just hope you have a "Ball" this Holiday Season! Or "Spread a little Christmas Cheer this Holiday Season!"
Gift Suggestion: Cheese Ball and Crackers

Come back next week for more...  ah yes... more! :o)



  1. very clever! I am hoping to bake cookies - that is if everyone in my house is finally better by then!

  2. awesome ideas! One year I melted down old mismatched china tea cups/saucers for 10 cents each at a flea market...put a wick in the cup, poured the wax and presto! A lovely gift!

  3. I really like the idea of doing something homemade. It's so much nicer than receiving a gift card.

  4. Great idea! I have done this a few years and the gifts were always so well-received. Even more than the other years when I bought the gifts.

  5. My husband wants me to give my coworkers 10% less of a gift this year since they cut my salary by 10%. I told him this is rude.

  6. I agree with you. I think homemade gifts are so much more personal. Submit CUTE or FUNNY photos and tell friends to vote for them. No entry fee.



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