|Some where in time, our
culture changed. At one time a gift represented our feelings for a person.
Now its more a chore: shop, wrap, give, shop, wrap, give....
Another thing that had changed, however appears to correcting itself is the thought that homemade gifts were just a cheap way to do gifts, another way to save money. While it is true that homemade gifts may be less expensive, they offer much more than any store bought gifts. It tells a person that they are worth your time and thought.
With our busy schedules, many of the traditional gifts may not be feasible to make, so here are some nice ones that don't require a lot of time, special tools, money, or skills, just a few items and some of that oh so valuable time.
Quick, easy, and inexpensive (Many of the instructions were located on other pages of this site, so rather than list them twice, I have simply linked to them.)
Hand rolled bees wax candles are very popular. The total time is only minutes with a cost of less than $5 for a nice pair
Bath soaps and salts. Another popular gift . Total time can be measured in minutes. Total cost for several gifts is less than $10.
Potpourri is always appreciated. The cost can be as low as a couple of dollars to $10 depending on how much and how fancy you wish to get.
Kitchen Oils and Vinegars are expensive in the stores, but are a low cost gift. The bottle will be the most expensive part.
Munches - Almost everyone loves a good snack. If the person is on a diet, keep it healthy with only a couple of sweets. This way they can enjoy without over indulging.
For those special people
on you list make them a basket of goodies.
Bath basket - several soaps, some bath salts, and a matching bee wax candle
Kitchen basket - a mixture of different oils and vinagars, toss in a set of candles for the table.
The big family - make up several different items to much on, and a special gingerbread cookie for each family member with their name one it.
Household basket - a little
bit of everything, bath items for the females, candles, potpourri, and
fire starters (if they have a fireplace) for the house, munches for the
For the feathered and
A fun toy is to grab one of those mismatched socks you have, pour about a 1/8 cup of catnip in to toe. Tie in a knot.
Go fish - A toy fishing pole with a pompom or little stuffed mouse will bring many hours of fun. Dangle the bate and reel in the cat.
Scratching post is another
easy one. Run down to the local hardware store, find a piece of wood that
fits your fancy. Posts can be anything from a two by four board to something
fancy, depending on desire. Carpet to cover it is easy to find, most carpet
stores have samples they will sell for a dollar or two. If your post is
larger than a sample piece will cover, ask a carpet installer to
save you a scrap off one of their jobs. This may take longer, but the price
A special bed, cats much like the dogs will many times enjoy laying on their owner's clothing. The only thing is that sometimes cats don't wait until we are out of them before they start Kneading. OUCH! Find an old robe (or other clothing) wear it around for a few hours, than cut out a couple of square pieces and sew into a large pillow. You may even with to stuff with other old clothes. Yes I know it sounds bad, but after all who is the gift for? Also he/she won't mind if you keep it out of site of human guests like in the corner of the bedroom.
Not homemade but much loved....While at the grocery store, ask the butcher for a nice big bone. In the old days they gave them away, now the cost is about 50 cents a pound.