Monday, November 17, 2008

hand made, mcg made

photo: me knitting a baby hat whilst still pregnant, august 2007

So apparently handmade gifts are super trendy this year. I'm feeling kinda good about this because it's always been really important for us to put a personal touch on the gifts that we give to our loved ones.

My friends are very creative people and I feel lucky to have received handmade gifts from them. But the good news is that you don't have to be creative to make nice handmade gifts. They can be really easy and in most cases none of it requires a lot of work or money to execute.

Last year we gave away homemade vanilla extract, pregnant belly salve, lip balm, infused whiskey, rosemary limoncello, change purses made from upcycled leather, mulling spices (for wine or cider), and things knit by me

This year we plan to give away more whiskey and mulling spices to folks that didn't get any last year as well as more hand knit and home sewn items.

What are you making this year?

7 comments:

jay mcg said...

this year I'm planning on making my wife happy. I expect that the hardest part will be drawing the barcode.

jay mcg said...

yuk yuk yuk

Haydee said...

the rosemary lemoncello was delish! and I used up all the lip balm.,

Lauren said...

i plan on making my own holiday cards this year. first round went so-so. i'm waiting for my order of gocco screens to arrive, then i'll try again!

i'm still not there with handmade gifts, but I am reaaallly thinking of infusing some booze...because who doesn't like booze?

Reese McG said...

well you know we love booze so i say BRING IT!

ambika said...

Given my boyfriend's love of technology, he doesn't usually get handmade things. I've made a few ornaments so far and have been looking at simple bath & body recipes (bath salts especially) for other friends. & I'd really love to make my own wrapping paper this year...

dezinebyjen said...

I just finished loose tea tins (although technically this isn't really homemade, more like homepacked) and working on coffee sugar scrubs.

Its been very fun so far but I wish I can knit or sew. I love the change purse you sent me, the cutest thing ever.