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Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

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Dear Creatives, It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! In our house that means lots of  handmade gift making. It is become a tradition, one of the heart & hands. Not to mention it comes in handy when the budget is tight & prices seem high on so many things. There are teacher gifts to be had, Heritage Sharing & holiday parties at Sammie’s school,  a cast party for Bah Humbug drama club, family gatherings & gift exchanges, whew! Did I forget something? I always love baking it tops my list for giving. I also love creating lovely gifts for the littlest to the bigger family members. Let me share some of my favorites I am making this season & giving.

First up I made these delicious Raspberry Crumble Bars. This is sprinkled with sugar & cinnamon my addition to the recipe. Topped with a crumble of granola & almonds. Filled with the most yummy raspberry filling you could imagine. Patience is all that is needed when it comes to waiting to try it, as it has to cool completely prior to cutting! Honestly it such an easy recipe & you get a whole tray of bars! I wouldn’t say this is the treat for the school as I can see a messy party with little fingers getting sticky & lots of  licking, lol. This one is great for a girls or family holiday gathering. Amazingly yummy served with coffee or tea. Recipe adapted from the Barefoot Contessa.

  1. Cream sugar, butter & vanilla
  2. Add flour just a little at a time mix, add, mix, add…(adjusted the butter by just a bit to make it less dry)
  3. line a pan with parchment paper
  4. Set aside 1/3  of dough for later. Take 2/3 of the dough & pat evenly onto parchment paper in pan filling it across & up the sides a quarter of the way up
  5. Add your yummy raspberry jam {First Street at Smart & final can I just say”Yum“!
  6. Make a crumble mixture with left over dough & granola mix together, then add bits topping the raspberry jam
  7. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of almonds (then I made a light mixture of sugar & cinnamon sprinkling on the top baking at 350* for 45min.
Wait patiently for it to cool, distract yourself with a craft & holiday project! Full recipe.

It makes sense to shop smart since this is the time of year all those gathering & gift exchanges start to add up! In this case my trip was to Smart & Final. Let me share a snapshot of things I purchased then onto some of the handmade gifts & how to’s I created while patiently waiting for the Raspberry Crumble Bars to cool! To view my entire shop you can visit my Google+Album


Homemade Vanilla Extract

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This is so easy to do & there are a million recipes! Really for Christmas gifts you need to start this a few months early, but even so I am adding gift tags that say when they are ready. I am also ordering 4oz jars that means for each pint they receiver will get 4-4oz jars to funnel in their yummy homemade vanilla extract into & use. I also recommend purchasing the vanilla beans online vs in stores as they can be quite expensive. ( Smart & Final didn’t carry them)

  • Purchase vodka (any kind will do)
  • clean & dry jars I used 1 pint jars {Smart & Final had plenty of canning jars to choose from}
  • for every cup of vodka add 3 vanilla beans-whole & sliced (do not cut all the way through)
  • slice & add vanilla beans into the jar of vodka
  • add lid & decorative cover secure lid
  • store in dark place 8 weeks or more
Now onto the kids! I was looking for easy, but adding a touch of me, sparkly, glittery & sweet! This was easy I could of purchased pre-decorated containers, but at half the price the thought of doing it myself was more my style. So I replaced the holiday ones (which were still inexpensive $3.49 ea.)to make my own! Fill with candy & decorate. That simple, but still having the handmade touch.
I just added glitter to the candy jar tops, embellished & hung a cookie cutter on some. Total cost $3.48 each filled & ready for giving! I added some of the raspberry bars to one of the containers for an early gift & you can see the vanilla is already changing color! Now it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here~
  • Plastic containers$1.49ea.
  • glitter & glue
  • gift tags homemade or purchased
  • ribbon
  • Candy canes $1.99 for 40 or you can purchase in bulk
What are some of your handmade gifts to give or receive?
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  1. Love those gifts! I think the home made vanilla is such a great gift, I just always forget to buy the vanilla beans! Those containers look ADORABLE with the embellishing you did!

    1. Thanks Christine. I hope to get in some more holiday gift making this coming weekend & will be sharing more soon, plus recipes.

    1. Thanks Heather & around the jar I used glitter ribbon which is so simple! I think I got it on sale for a whole roll @ .99

  2. Your crumble bars looks absolutely delicious and I love the way you packaged them up to gift! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    1. Your welcome Terri! Thanks for dropping in & hope your having a great holiday season. See you soon on twitter or your blog.

  3. I love the idea of homemade vanilla – I’ll have to plan ahead next year! For now, I’ll “settle” for trying out those raspberry crumble bars – they look delish!

    1. Thanks for dropping in Pvm, you should mark your calendar for next year & oh ya, give the bars a try.

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