Fun Giveaway: $100 Visa Gift Card

It’s the Holiday Season and as I work through our holiday gift list, invariably my husband hands me his own.  In general his list is comprised of mostly gifts for coworkers.  We are talking about presents for 8-10 people he works with which is not a lot.  But it is people from different backgrounds and at different stages in life,so what do you do?  What can you give them that will appeal to everyone without breaking the bank?

In cases like this I love to turn to homemade gifts, because not only are they make the gift special and more personal.  In previous years I have made chocolate dipped biscotti and wrapped them nicely.  Anyone could use a cookie with their afternoon coffee.  But this year I wanted to do something different.  After so many of you mentioned using Carnation Evaporated Milk to make chocolate fudge for the holidays I decided to try my hand at making fudge.  Looking back I probably chewed more than I could bite but I am happy with the results.  Here’s the recipe and cost breakdown for this homemade gift idea:

fudgeHoliday Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can Carnation evaporated milk
  • 2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 (12 ounce) package Nestle Tollhouse semisweet chocolate chips
  • 12 (1 ounce) squares German sweet chocolate
  • 2 cups marshmallow creme

Directions

  1. Butter two 9×9 inch baking pans and set aside.
  2. Place chocolate chips, German chocolate, marshmallow creme, and nuts into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a 4 quart saucepan, combine sugar, salt, butter, and evaporated milk. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, and cook for 6 minutes.
  4. Pour boiling syrup over ingredients in bowl, beat until all chocolate is melted. Pour into prepared pans. Let stand a few hours before cutting.

I spent under $10 on all ingredients.  Then I stopped by the Dollar Store to get a cute holiday metal tins to put them in.  So I spent $18 on six presents which I think is a very good deal for such a delicious indulgence.

You Can Do It Too

While you may think that you have to be crafty or a good cook to make homemade gifts, you are wrong.  I like how Amy from Mom Advice put it, what you really need to be is resourceful and point yourself towards the right information to help you get this done.  That’s why I hope you will check out Amy’s Series “Gifts You can Make.”  She has step by step instructions on how to make:

Delicious Hot Drink Mixes,

Bath Salts,

Elegant Quick Breads,

Hand Painted Mugs and a

Homemade Wreath.

Win It!

Not the fudge!  I am giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card, thanks to Carnation Evaporated Milk. I bet you could wrap up your holiday shopping with this one. There are four ways to enter this giveaway:

1)  Leave a comment sharing your favorite homemade gift idea is.

2)  Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following:  “Share your favorite homemade gift idea and enter for a chance to win $100 Visa GC http://bit.ly/5Ys0rj via@commnsensemoney”

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4)  Share about this giveaway with your own blog readers.  Remember to leave me a separate comment sharing the link to your post.

This way you can earn up to four entries. Just please remember to come back and leave me a separate comment for each additional action you have taken (leave comment, share on Twitter, share on Facebook, etc).

If you are reading this entry via email updates or via RSS reader please CLICK HERE to visit my blog to enter. Emailing me is not a valid entry for this giveaway. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Please enter only if you are 18 years or older.  This giveaway ends on 11/13 at 9PM CST.  At that time I will close the giveaway and select a winner randomly.

It is that time of year when we’re all looking for a little more inspiration in the kitchen. You’ll find plenty of that in this Holiday Recipe Guide from Carnation Evaporated Milk, sponsor of this post. You can have this FREE Holiday Recipe Guide mailed to you or you can choose to get a free electronic copy when you download it. One delicious idea is to substitute Carnation Evaporated Milk for regular milk in your go to recipes. It makes all kinds of dishes richer and creamier.

  • Gina

    I love homemade cookies!

  • Gina

    I tweeted about your giveaway!

  • Gina

    I am a fan on facebook!

  • Deidre

    I like making homemade gift tags and greeting cards for people. As well as cute magnets and push pins.

  • Sharon D

    Homemade Bacardi Run Cake is my favorite homemade gift to give. Bake it bundy style and wrap it in colored plastic wrap with a bow and it’s ready to go.

  • Paige

    Homemade carmel is my favorite homemade gift to give. People love it and ask for it each year!

  • Darcy

    I love Applesauce spice cake. So yummy! I make it with Duncan Hines Spice Cake mix, 3 eggs, oil, and applesauce. Mix a little cinnamon into the vanilla frosting, and its a great present :-)

  • Michelle G

    Peanut Butter Fudge, on the Jetted Puff Jar. So easy and sooooo good.

  • Michelle

    My favorite homemade gift to give is sand art brownie mix. The dry ingredients are layered in a canning jar, alternating browns (cocoa, chocolate chips) and whites (flour, sugar). I top the jar with a holiday print fabric, baking directions and ribbon.

  • Dianne

    My mother-in-law was the best by far at making gifts to be treasured for a lifetime. One Christmas she made china dolls for all her granddaughters and another time she made tea sets for them. I love cuddling in the throw she crocheted for us…it warms me & my heart to do so. Homemade gifts rock! (This giveaway does too!)

  • http://www.biblemoneymatters.com Peter

    I’m putting together a family history DVD that will have all sorts of family documents, family photos from over the years, a family tree and some other precious family memories. Does that count as a homemade gift?

  • http://www.biblemoneymatters.com Bible Money Matters

    I follow you on twitter, and just tweeted the contest!

  • Lila

    Homemade chocolate chip cookie dough shaped into a slice-n-bake tube and wrapped in butchers paper with cute bows on the ends. Don’t forget to include baking directions in case they actually bake it instead of eating the dough!

  • Michael Weber

    My favorite homemade holiday gifts always involve pictures. For co-workers, you could take a “group” picture, make a homemade picture ornament and give it to them.

  • http://momsessential.blogspot.com Macey

    Pumpkin rolls are time consuming, but so worth it!

  • Christy

    I am so not crafty… but as far as homemade gifts go, I like to give away some a few of the finer projects the kids have made throughout the year. Of course this only works for close family, but the kids really enjoy sharing their pots and trinket holders with the grandparents.

  • Chelle

    I like making the Oreo truffles and putting them in pretty containers! Such an easy recipe and requires no baking – which is good for me because 1. I always burn my baked goods and 2. the keypad on my oven died today so now it wont turn on! agh!!

  • Robin

    In the past, I have made jewelry for teachers, bus drivers, etc. This year, I have made a whole bunch of elastic bookmarks – http://whimsy-girl.blogspot.com/2008/12/elastic-bookmark-tutorial.html – an idea that a sweet friend of mine sent me. They are super easy, and I’ve had fun picking out the charms for each person on my list.

  • Jamie

    I love to bake, so my homemade gifts change all the time. There is just something about homemade cookies though that I love so that is usually my fallback and favorite.

  • Robin

    Following you on twitter and retweeted – http://twitter.com/iluvpurplehayes

  • Kathy

    For many years,I made take-home favors for our holiday guests by using baby food jars (that I had saved from when my kids were babies!), filling them with red & green M&Ms or other colorful candies, making a circular “hat” cut with pinking shears out of Christmas material, and tying them on the closed jar with colored yarn. Everyone seems to enjoy having their own special treat to take home with them.

  • Chelle

    Hi! I follow you on Twitter (chelleisland) and RT this! :)

  • sally

    Homemade cookies are my favorite.

  • Tina

    FAvorite gift is homeade soaps! Really nice!

  • kimmerbean

    My favorite homemade gift idea is baked goods.

  • Laura

    My favorite homemade gift to make is a scrapbook. Love making them, love giving them.
    My favorite homemade gift to receive is food! :)

  • ashley baker

    I have been making covered ritz crackers with peanut butter for everyone. It’s a new treat I discovered and it’s actually like a delicious cookie. I usually sprinkle them with red and green sprinkles while the chocolated is hardening.

  • Robin

    I’m now a facebook fan and shared in my status.

  • Kelley F.

    I make homemade cinnamon rolls and package them in Christmas containers. It’s time consuming (at least 3 hours to make a dozen from start to finish), but everyone loves them!!!

  • Mari

    I love making homemade gifts. My 5 year old has been working on pot holders since October to give to her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins (she is the baby on DH’s side all her cousins are 30-30 some years old.) We are also putting together Hootie Cakes cookie mix in jars with the potholders. If we have time we may also make some paper ornaments.

  • Charity

    We made homemade ornaments and gave to family members. Started this last year and just did this past weekend.

  • Aylin

    Vintage Jam Tarts Recipe
    1 cup finely-ground cornmeal
    1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons finely ground sea salt
    2 tablespoons baking powder
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 cup unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into 1/4-inch chunks
    1 1/2+ cups milk
    1 egg, just the egg white
    1/3 cup jam (any flavor(s) you like)

    Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

    Into a large bowl, or preferably, a food processor add the cornmeal, flours, salt, baking powder, sugar. To the dry ingredients add the butter. Using a pastry cutter or 30-35 quick pulses of the food processor, blend the mixture until it resembles tiny, sandy pebbles.

    Dump the mixture into a medium bowl, add 1 1/2 cups of milk and with a fork stir just until everything is combined. You are going to roll out the dough, so if it is too wet, stir in a couple extra tablespoons of flour, if it is too dry stir in an extra tablespoon or two of milk. You don’t want to overwork the dough, or your tarts will be tough, so stir only as much as you have to.

    Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface, pull it together into one large mound, and roll out until it is about 1/3-inch thick. Pat with more flour if things get sticky – sticky dough is your enemy in this recipe. Cut the biscuit dough with a medium cutter (the one I used was about 2-inches across), then cut half the rounds with a slightly smaller cutter.

    Brush the large rounds with a bit of egg white – this will give the tarts that nice golden color. Place the outer rings on top, brush those with the egg white, and fill with a bit of jam.

    Place the tarts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes – larger tarts will need to bake longer. The rimmed baking sheet is important to use because these tarts tend to have a bit of runoff, and you want to prevent a mess in your oven.

    Makes about 1 – 2 dozen tarts, depending on the size

    ENJOY
    AYLIN

  • Sara

    Knitted scarves and mittens make great homemade gifts.

  • Yolanda

    Favorite homemade gift:
    Chapstick.
    After getting free little trial concealer containers from Nordstrom, small circle labels to be placed on the bottom of the container with the flavor of chapstick written on it, a tub of crisco and 6 different flavors of koolaid, we made about 60 containers of elegant chapsitck for about $4.00 total.
    My girls loved it as presents for their school friends!

  • Jo

    I make turtle biscotti. I bake a traditional biscotti recipe, add pieces of chopped caramel and pecans and when they’re cool, dip them in chocolate. Wrap them nicely or put them in a pretty tin and you’re good to go!

  • Vickie JOnes

    My daughter and I love to make peppermint bark and cheeseballs to give to people around the holiday’s, I had to split my cheeseball list, it got to big, so about 5 familes now get one for Thanksgiving

  • Maura

    I love to give homemade notecards. Thank Yous, Happy Birthdays and sometimes combination packs.

  • http://lifeon19th.blogspot.com Mary

    My favorite homemade gift is baked goods. This year I am giving my coworkers ans assortment of gingerbread cookies, cake mix cookies, mini quick breads, and Peanut Butter doggy treats (for those that have dogs). I also sewed some simple ornaments to go along with the goodies.

  • Alex Houston

    We make chocolate chip cookies.

  • kristin

    I love to give gift baskets full of homemade cookies along with white chocolate covered popcorn dusted with green and red sugar sprinkles.

  • angie sholar

    last year i printed off a photo of my kids w/ my parents on tissue paper and blew dryed it onto a candle and put a ribbon on it. i also made one for my mother n law w/ her and the kids. this year, i’m doing other personal things w/ photos!

  • http://www.savingyoudinero.com Janell Poulette

    I love making a huge tray of fudge! I make chocolate and peanut butter fudge!

  • http://thehargettfamily.blogspot.com Kristen

    My favorite to receive – a chenille handmade scarf

    My favorite to give – embroidered bags or homemade assortment of Christmas cookies

  • http://couponteacher.blogspot.com Shelly

    I love to giveaway Christmas cookies in tins to coworkers. Delicious!

  • Tara

    I like knitting scarves for friends and family. I don’t always get as many done as I hoped to!
    huffychic@gmail.com

  • http://www.savingyoudinero.com Janell Poulette

    I tweeted it.

  • http://couponteacher.blogspot.com Shelly

    I follow on Twitter and tweeted for you!

  • http://www.ladydunbar.blogspot.com Mrs. Dunbar

    My favorite homemade gifts are scarves, whether knitted sewn, or cut from micro fleece. These seem to work well for the masses.

  • Stephanie

    I used to love giving Counted Cross-stitch homemade gifts; however, since I now have 3 children I don’t have the time. I now give loaves of friendship bread, cookies, and/or chocolate dipped pretzels. The kids love to help with the cookies and pretzels, so it is a nice family activity, too!

  • Misty

    My children and I have made homemade ornaments for many years. This year we took clear ornaments, took the metal top off of it, dropped a few drops of acrylic paint in (we used 2-3 colors per ornament), and tilted the ornament around to spread the paint around. The result is a pretty kalidescope effect!

  • Deb

    I give cranberry orange bread to my neighbors (10 of them) every year a little before Thanksgiving. I beat the Christmas rush and it is something different than all the gazillions of “plates of cookies” that are passed around. They all love it.

  • Misty

    I shared with my friends on FB.

  • Melissa

    We don’t do too many handmade gifts, but the cookie platter is a hit with the neighbors. We end up exchanging on Christmas Eve and it gives us a nice variety!

  • Kim

    Sugar cookies on a Christmas plate!
    klesher15@yahoo.com

  • Laura W.

    I love homemade gifts like ornaments, or something of that nature. I am not too good at coming up with ideas on my own, but luckily this time of year so many bloggers post the cutest ideas that I can snag and do myself!

  • Mandy

    I love making (and getting) dry ingredients for a cookie recipe in a glass jar. Decorate it and give it!

  • Jackie Griebel

    Angels made out of old books is my favorite homemade gift to make.

  • Cristina G

    My favorite homemade gift is a plate of brownies all wrapped up beautifully!

  • Cathy

    I normally give an assortment of cookies on a pretty plate to all of our neighbors, but this year I’m planning to do fudge and chocolate-covered pretzels in holiday tins.

  • Mandy

    Shared this on my Facebook page!

  • http://www.atwateradventures.blogspot.com Rose Atwater

    My favorite homemade gifts are ‘Cookies in a Jar’.

  • Mandy

    Tweeted this on twitter. Here’s the link: http://twitter.com/manelynn

  • heather

    My favorite Christmas treat is Cake Balls rolled in Candy Cane pieces. Make a cake, then mush it up with a can of frosting. Roll into balls. Dip in melted almond bark and roll in Candy Canes…Easy!!

  • Carol

    Chocolate covered pretzels. So easy to make…and delicious while making them.

  • Sonjia

    My favorite homemade holiday treat is Rachel Ray’s Five Minute Fudge. I’ve been making this for years, and people always think I’ve slaved away in the kitchen for hours. It’s my little secret! I’ve tried different variations and every recipe is delicious- but I think my most ‘requested’ flavors is the white chocolate peppermint fudge made with freshly crushed candy canes. I like to use a chip and dip tray; the outside chip holder I pour my fudge mixture into and the inside dip holder I fill with holiday candies. I purchase these trays at my local inexpensive home-ware store (Old Time Pottery). This is a gift that looks far more extravagant than it is. For my circle of friends and acquaintances, this has become a holiday tradition, and it’s a way to recognize everyone who touched my family’s life throughout the year. This is a PERFECT gift for the teacher’s lounge- it sure beats the tired old tin of popcorn!

  • joan

    I love the gift of time. A free night of baby sitting, etc

  • Tiffany

    Homemade oreo truffles! So rich and yummy!

    absoluttif(at)aol(dot)com

  • Pat

    Chocolate chip cookies and homemade fudge. I think I’ll try your recipe this year

  • http://www.atwateradventures.blogspot.com Rose Atwater
  • MsMeggie

    I make lamps out of empty wine bottles. I can either make a general one as a gift, or, for friends, I use a bottle of wine that we either shared, or that I know they enjoy to make the lamp :)

    meggiepoo at gmail dot com

  • Lindsay

    My favorite gift is anything sweet! This year I am making mini chocolate chip bundt cakes for friends. They’re SUPER yummy and really easy to make!

  • Kaytie

    Chocolate dipped pretzels

  • Jenn

    My mother-in-law makes caramel every year for extended family — she had a tradition of letting her kids help make them, and the family looks forward to getting them to this day!

  • http://budgethelpers.blogspot.com/ Tena

    A quilt. I have boxes upon boxes of material I’ve collected through the years.

  • http://www.atwateradventures.blogspot.com Rose Atwater

    I shared on Facebook!

  • Betty

    I crochet scarves and hats for homemade gifts.

  • Carrie

    i made a great wreath for my uncle one year, now if only i could get it back

  • Christina

    My favorite homemade gift idea would be a gift of self…like free babysitting!

  • Maria

    I use to bake “Tres leches cake”, its easy and yummy!!!

  • Lori

    homemade vanilla! its really easy!

  • Jess

    Best homemade gifts for me are homemade jewelry. Unfortunately, haven’t had much time lately to make some, and I only just started getting into it. Next year.

  • http://www.simpleslug.blogspot.com Sluggy

    I make customized return address labels for friends and family. I also include decorative postage stamps with the labels. It’s pretty easy for a gift and it’s something everyone can use, so it goes over very well with the recipients.

  • Judy

    My favorite homemade gift idea would be a hand-carved wooden tree ornament.

  • Amie

    Homemade chex mix! delicious!!

  • wendy

    homemade bread!

  • Kathryn

    Every Year we make cookie baskets and chocolate covered pretzel rods for all those “little gifts” for friends that you want to remember during the holiday season!

  • Lisa

    A few of my favorite homemade gift ideas are mini loaves of TS Beer Bread that I have added either shredded cheese to, or TS Garlic, Garlic seasoning or Bacon, Bacon seasoning wrapped in tin foil with pretty ribbon or Dollar Store tins willed with my new favorite, Cheesy Ranch Chex mix. Homemade gifts are gifts made from the heart with love!!!

  • http://the-popps.blogspot.com Maggie

    I like to crochet things for people for christmas!

  • http://ourcrazyboys.com Becca – Our Crazy Boys

    I love making homemade granola bars. I’m getting ready for a long weekend of making them!

  • Bri

    We’ve done alot of gift in a jar things and every year make cookies to take to the neighbors; but my all time favorite was the year I bought $1 wood heart trivets and painted them. We then put a cute phrase on them and they were done. I love still seeing them sitting out at loved ones homes!

  • Letty

    Last year I did the jar cookie mixes for a homemade gift- it was fun, but I know some of my reciepients still haven’t made their cookies yet! So I am not sure what I am going to do this year…I’d better hurry- since Christmas is just 15 days away!

  • http://www.simpleslug.blogspot.com Sluggy

    I am already a facebook fan and I shared about the giveaway
    Denise Arcure

  • http://www.simpleslug.blogspot.com Sluggy

    I became a Twitter fan and tweeted your giveaway…
    http://www.twitter.com/slugmama

  • varsha

    My favorite home made gift would be yummy choclate brownies. Am following you on twitter too.

  • Joella

    I put 3 emergency candles & book of matches in a mason jar with a pvc pipe end glued to the inside of the lid (it makes a stand for the candle). It makes a great gift… and people always know where the candles & matches are in a power outage!

  • Betty

    I’m a follower and I just tweeted the message.

  • Erin L.

    For me it depends on who the gift is for. This year I am making a decorative scarf for my sister, a sign for my father-in-laws workshop, and a covered notebook with matching pen for my brother-in-law. I love to include something homemade with store bought gifts. It’s the best of both worlds!

  • Katherine C

    I like to do a homemade loaf of bread with a jar of homemade jam. Yummy!

  • Emily

    This Christmas I am making my two nieces a homemade Memory game with family photos. I think they will love it!

  • Mara

    This year I picked up a dozen boxes of tea for free at Whole Foods, and am giving each of my children’s teacher a box of tea, a hand-painted mug (by my children), and a loaf of homemade pumpkin bread. I hope it will be well-received!

  • Ringo-chan

    I like putting all the dry cookie ingredients in a jar – the recipient can bake it whenever they’d like!

  • Tiffany

    We like to make homemade chocolates. We dip pretzels, caramels, make rocky roads, peanut clusters, peanut butter cups, etc. The best is filling 2 Ritz crackers with peanut butter and then dipping the whole thing in chocolate. Yummy!

  • Josefina

    I like to assemble gift baskets with little Asian trinkets I buy at our near by Asian dollar store. They sell cute tea cups and bowls.

  • gail

    i luv to make stain glass for gifts! see my comments on facebook! im a fan

  • susan

    Christmas cookies and Christmas Bark. We love making them and giving them as gifts.

    Merry Christmas!

  • lori

    I like to give pumpkin bread to family and friends. It is an easy and inexpensive gift that others really appreciate.

  • Julianne

    I love homemade cookies!!!!!!

  • Julianne

    I am a fan on facebook

  • http://my1plustwins.blogspot.com Julie

    I like all kinds of Christmas cookies. My new favorite is chocolate chip made with Andies Mint Chocolates in place of chocolate chips.

  • http://my1plustwins.blogspot.com Julie

    I just became a Facebook Fan.

  • Shikha

    Bake a cake or cookies and put in a christmas gift box to give to frens and neighbours…witha special not’ homemade esp for You for Christmas !’

  • Julie

    A homemade gift I like for teachers is a jar of Christmas simmer. It’s a combination of Christmas-y spices with apple juice in a jar. I print up pretty directions that say to basically put it in a pot on your stove on low heat. If you buy the spices in bulk, it’s a pretty inexpensive gift. It’s simple enough that young children can make it. And, a lot of teachers don’t eat home baked goodies for a variety of reasons. This is something they don’t have to eat, and they don’t have to find a place for.

  • Colleen Y

    This year I’m giving out homemade salami with a box of crackers (that I got for free of course) as my homemade gift. I’ve never done it before but think it will be great!

  • Rebecca

    I love making homemade peppermint bark. Yum! My friends and family love it too :)

  • Rebecca

    I am going to make Rice Krispie Treat “popsicles” this year.

  • Patricia Allison

    This year I’m making homemade sugar cookies for my son’s pre-k class. I’m also doing chocolate covered pretzels for all my neighbors.

  • misty

    my favorite homemade gift idea is carmel corn; my mom made it growing up…awesome!!

  • misty

    i follow you on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/malvar

  • Sarah Milbrandt

    Each year we love to bake the Nativity story in cookies. Then we can give them the story of the Nativity with some yummy cookies to eat. We don’t do this for everyone, we commit to do it for one family that we know who needs to hear God’s love.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • http://www.sarathesavvyshopper.blogspot.com Sara

    I love to make peanut butter popcorn for people!

  • Crystal

    I have crocheted scarves for Christmas presents. I also love the idea of homemade wrapping paper and bows.

  • http://my1plustwins.blogspot.com Julie
  • Diane Gigandet

    I like to make homemade jar mixes to give out. People really seem to enjoy these.

  • Green Thumb

    My homemade cranberry walnut biscotti is my favorite gift to give because everyone loves it so much.

  • Julie S.

    This year I am assembling homemade gift baskets for all the ladies. I’m decorating them with ribbon and filling them with bath products I found on sale and homemade candies. It’s the first time I’ve ever tried something like this, so I guess that makes it my favorite =)

  • Tonya

    Our family makes buckeyes.

  • http://www.buncobelle.blogspot.com Shannon

    I love making spritz cookies every year at Christmas. They are fast and easy and make a great gift.

  • Jen

    In the past I have made homeade blank notecards for friends and packaged them with twine. I have made homeade mocha truffles. I have also sewed burp clothes with ribbon and tags for new mothers. Thanks!

  • Aleks Stewart

    I love getting scrapbooks or fun notes with pictures! aleksastewart@gmail.com

  • alyssa l.

    I like making dry cookie mixes in a jar and decorating them cute. That way, they get a whole batch of goodies!

  • EIL

    i like homemade pumpkin cake~

  • Lucy

    I make cookies, fudge, pumpkin bread and give to friends and neighbors.

  • LIndsay Smith

    I love making ornaments….glass ornament, shredded colored paper, and a cute bow on top. Buy some initial stickers to personalize and monogram… CUTE!

  • Robyn

    I made a cappuccino mix for my co-workers one year. I put it in plastic bags and tied a bow and gift tag on the outside. They seemed to like it.

  • http://commonsensewithmoney.com Kelly

    My favorite thing to make for someone special is a scrapbook. Many people don’t have the time to put their own together, so they are greatly appreciated.

  • http://www.couponingforacause.blogspot.com Astad

    I’ve made giant Christmas stocking cookies for my nephews, and then decorated them with their names.

  • http://taylormadebyjenmarie.blogspot.com/ JenMarie

    I love to give homemade baked goods…cookies, breads…etc. YUM!

  • TIa

    I love to make poppy seed bunt cakes as gifts!

  • Shawn M.

    I love homeade iced sugar cookies. They are the best to give & receive :)

  • TIa

    I tweeted! @TiaSavingCents

  • http://www.couponingforacause.blogspot.com Astad

    I follow on Twitter and twitted (@couponbellastad)

  • Rachel

    My favorite for this year is homemade hot cocoa. We put a scoop of the powder along with some Christmas-y marshmallows, Hershey Kisses and a candy cane in a baggy with a poem about “Snowman Soup”. My kids are excited to assemble the baggies and hand them out this year.

  • Lori

    I love to make slice and bake sugar cookies. You can make a bunch and just freeze them and pull them out when you want cookies. They are soo yummy and easy.

  • Valerie

    My son and I like to make various Christmas treats for the neighbors. Cookies, truffles and usually some type of peppermint bark.

  • http://thethriftygroove.blogspot.com/ Diann

    One year I made my mom a quilted table runner for each of the 5 big holidays (Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, halloween and Thanksgiving). She absolutely loved it and i have since made several sets for friends.

  • Ann

    I like to make all of my extended family buckets of a homemade candy made with Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, white chocolate, mini marshmellows and pecans. It is ever so tasty and I love making it for everyone. :-)

  • Megan

    A wrapped basket full of a variety of homemade cookies. Yummm!

  • http://www.couponingforacause.blogspot.com Astad
  • Heather G

    My grandma’s recipe for Poor Man’s Cake (raisin spiced squares!) is a hit every year!

  • Julia J

    Cookies in a jar. The whole family gets involved in it. It was perfect for all the teachers and neighbors this year.

  • Kelly Irwin

    I love to make homemade glass ornaments by decorating them with their monogram. They’re always a big hit!

  • Tami

    I follow you on facebook.

  • Misty

    Sponge candy!

  • Tami

    My homemade chocolate dipped pretzels.

  • Karen

    I am going to try homemade hot cocoa mix this year for teacher’s gifts. i hope it’s a hit.

  • Sarah Stine

    My favorite homemade gift is toddler bath hooded towels.

  • Heidi

    I love to make a set of homemade ornaments. I use scrapbook paper and roll little pieces and then stick them inside. A little time consuming, but super easy and not very expensive if you stock up on the ornaments during after Christmas sales! Add some ribbon to hang them with and you’re good to go! I usually package them in a dollar store gift basket.

  • Amber

    I like to give loaves of bread- They cost me about 30 cents each to make and everyone loves a loaf of fresh bread!

  • Jaimie Wutzler

    My kids enjoy making salt dough ornaments for our extended family.

    jaimiewutzler@gmail.com

  • Stephanie

    My favorite homemade gift is candy. My kids and I love to make chocolate candies and chocolate dipped pretzels.

  • Natalie

    My favorite homemade gift is a plate of cookies. But instead of baking like crazy for a week, I start at the very beginning of December and bake one to three times a week, then freeze the cookies. I usually choose cookies or candies that aren’t too complicated to make – like easy 7 layer cookies bars. Then it’s so easy towards the end of the month to put together many plates of goodies!

  • Jaimie Wutzler

    I follow you on twitter and I tweeted!

    jaimiewutzler@gmail.com

  • Jaimie Wutzler

    I am now a Facebook Fan!

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  • Amy

    I love crocheting things and giving them as gifts!
    Thanks!

    ~Amy

    (miministries@Hotmail.com)

  • Erynn

    I haven’t yet, but I have always wanted to make a cheesecake for someone.

  • kelly

    homemade cookies in a cute christmas tin

  • Audra

    we make homemade christmas cookies and fudge – YUM!!

  • Jackie

    My favorite homemade present is a nice this pair of socks!

  • http://frugalmommie.blogspot.com Angela

    my mother in laws homemade mint fudge!

    Thanks!

  • Carolyn Fodel

    I love to give homemade calendars or “Year in Review” mini-scrapbooks.

  • Carolyn Fodel

    Tweeted as instructed. =)

  • brittany

    Toffee!! Yummy

  • http://www.savingwithshellie.com Shellie
  • Carolyn Fodel

    Left the facebook status =)

  • http://www.savingwithshellie.com Shellie

    I made homemade soap last year and it turned out really cute. I think I’m going to try it again this year!

  • Heather

    I make a mean gingerbread man.

  • Sue B.

    A gift basket of homemade candies, cookies, ect.

  • thi

    I love making scarfs!

  • Mikelle

    My mother-in-law and I always make fudge and pumpkin bread for our neighbors. We have on big baking session.

  • Stacey V

    I had my kids make hand prints and then glued them to a large craft stick. Put play doh in the bottom of a small flower pot and put the sticks with hand prints in. Makes a wonderful hand print flower.

  • Bonnie

    Hand scrub! Fill a small jar 3/4 full with epson salt, fill the rest with canola oil, add a few drops of scented oils (I like peppermint).

  • Elena

    I love making homemade cookies with my daughter. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Elena

    I follow you on Twitter and just “tweeted”. Twitter name: Ele13

  • Stac

    I make homemade cookies in a jar! Love them!

  • Chelle

    I already left my comment on my favorite gift, but wanted to add that I just added you on FB and shared w/ my friends :)
    Thanks! Michelle Cochran

  • Mary

    I love making brownies. It is a one-bowl one batch wonder.

  • carol mills

    Chocolate Mocha Spoons. Hard chocolate melted and stirred with a plastic spoon. Let harden. Wrap with pretty cellophane or plastic rap. Tie with a ribbon. Yummy good with coffee or for an extra “dose” of chocolate in hot chocolate!!

  • Deb

    Deb
    iowa.hawks@yahoo.com
    The girls love to make homemade ornaments.

  • Telisha

    I loved the idea of hot Chai tea drink mixes. I’m thinking of making some for my boss this year.

  • carol mills

    Shared on Facebook 12/10/09 8:45pm :-)

  • Selena

    We’re going to be doing a project from Family Fun for my 3-year old to give to her relatives– soap snowballs from shredded Ivory soap. We’ll also be coating pine cones in peanut butter and rolling them in bird seed for another useful (and simple! and cheap!) gift.

  • http://www.robinandstephenfulton.blogspot.com Robin Fulton

    Last year I made Photo coasters for everyone in my family! They were so cute and personal! This year I am making a family recipe book with recipes from my husband’s family and mine! Lots of newly weds in our family!

  • carrie crosland

    I dipped big pretzel sticks and marshmallows on sticks in chocolate and attached some hot chocolate packets. All you do is melt chocolate chips! I became a fan on Facebook!! Thanks!

  • Patricia

    I like to melt chocolate and cover pretzels with it, Then I buy small mason jars and get plaid fabric. I cut the fabric into squares and put them over the mason jar sealing lid and the screw down the ring tight. It makes a beautiful Christmas gift and everyone loves the chocolate covered pretzels!

  • Nikki D

    Homemade reed ornaments. It is something they can keep forever!

  • wii g.

    Old fashioned oatmeal craisin cookies and put them in Christmas tins.

  • Adrienne

    Decorated Sugar Cookies…can be store bought dough or homemade. Then decorated with royal icing and placed in pretty cellophane bags with decoration. For the holidays, use cutters in snowflake pattern, bells, snowman, etc! Wrap with pretty ribbons and homemade tags to personalize.

  • Vanessa

    I like making Magic Cookie Bars with carnation evaporated milk!

  • katie b

    My new favorite hand made gift this year is chocolate truffles. Who doesn’t like chocolate?!! Baker’s chocolate had a great recipe I saw in a magazine recently.

  • Stephanie

    Homemade scented candles with embellished decorations on the jar is a favorite gift of mine.

  • K

    Cupcakes! (secret added ingredient: vanilla pudding mix — YUM!)

  • Merritt

    Homemade peanut brittle and butter balls are my favorites.

  • Cricket

    I like to make homemade strawberry nut bread for teachers and give a tin of chocolate and vanilla covered pretzels to family friends that we don’t really trade gifts with.

  • http://www.gettingaheadblog.com Jennifer

    I like to make fudge for gifts too. Except I have a very simple recipe. 1 bag chocolate chips + 1 can of chocolate icing. Melt in a saute pan and pour into a 9×13 dish lined with wax paper. Refridgerate until set. EAsy and yummy. Plus it works because this recipe doesn’t have milk in it, so my daughter can have some too.

  • Maureen

    I live in the Midwest and it does get cold here in the winter (just as it is now). but one thing most people need is a good scarf.
    I knit them and give them as gifts.
    I also make rag wreaths.

  • Cindy

    I MAKE HOMEMADE CANDY TO GIVE OUT AS GIFTS. EVERYONE LOVES CHOCOLATE.

  • http://stalkermom.blogspot.com Becky

    I agree with the fudge. Rachael Ray has a super easy way to make fudge! She uses sweetened condensed milk and I make some every year!

  • Mfalcon13

    Favorite homemade gift idea: photo collage.

  • Sandy

    I do peanut butter fudge and chocolate chip cookies for homemade gift.

  • Jen Young

    My favorite is different depending on the person but I love giving old pictures with new – for example my son with his first dog along with my husband as a boy with his first dog – framed for grandma.

  • erika h.

    Chex mix is a great homemade gift! I love eating and making it!

  • Summer

    I love to make chocolate covered pretzels.

    I also wanted to mention that your date says 11/13 :) Thanks for giveaway.

  • Natalie

    All types of fudge in a cute box.

  • http://www.mybakingaddiction.com Jamie

    I love to make homemade vanilla extract! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    -Jamie
    mybakingaddiction.com

  • Jennifer

    I love to make homemade ornaments from my boys!

  • Tami

    Homemade cinnamon rolls! I made them this year for my neighbors and they are delicious! I think I ate my fair share too…had to make even more to share :) I love the homemade treats at holiday time. Yummm!

  • Nikki

    Anything made by the kids makes grandma and grandpa smile. We make a yearly calendar with photos from the previous year.

  • NIKKI

    We love to do the twelve days of Christmas and make cinnamon rolls, ginger snap cookies, and colored egg nog snikcerdoodles. Also, quillows have been fun to make( pillow in a blanket) thanks

  • http://picturesquelife.com Bethany

    I love making rice crispy truffles! Of course, I eat too many of them myself! :D

  • Carol Bauer

    My favorite homemade gift idea is: Popcorn Ball, yummy.

  • Ashley

    I love making different kinds of cookies and also for the family decorating ornaments with the kids hand prints is always a hit!

  • sherry

    We make chocolate-oatmeal cookies

  • carrie

    I left a tweet about your give away on Twitter!

  • Sarah Beth

    Every year I make tins of cookies and candies for my friends/family. I bake each weekend of Dec. I love doing it, and I have lots of requests now :-)

  • carrie

    I left a tweet about your give away on Twitter…

  • Sarah Beth

    I tweeted

  • carrie

    I left a tweet about your giveaway on Twitter…

  • Misty

    My favorite homemade gift is cookies! They show that I’m willing to take the time to make something, but they are not expensive!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Misty (mlbell30@gmail.com)

  • maya

    Hi Mercedes,
    I love giving away homemade cookies and brownies in fun Christmas shapes, wrapped in a special tin & bow. Yummmmm… :)

  • carrie

    I like to make pumpkin bread for our friends and family!

  • Misty

    Also, I tweeted about your giveaway! Thanks — Misty (@mistymathews, mlbell30@gmail.com)

  • Carol

    This year I made reusable tote bags for my sister from empty coffee bags and duct tape. They’re distinctive and practice. I’m using one to wrap a bunch of small gifts for her.

  • http://www.familybalancesheet.org Kristia@Family Balance Sheet

    My favorite homemade gift is a homemade cookies.

  • Diana

    Any type of food is a good gift.

  • Carol Bauer

    I twittered or tweeted!!!!! Trying to get used to Twitter!
    Carol

  • Carol Bauer

    Now following you on Facebook and put message about the giveaway.

  • Rebecca

    Definitely, homemade cookies, I love making biscotti because they look so nice wrapped up. and they are something different – not a cookie you;d have any other day. Thanks Mercedes!

  • Khara

    I love framing my children’s works of art and giving them to family.

  • Becky

    Chocolate dipped pretzels or spoons. Kids can help make the pretzels and the spoon are an elegant and fun gift for a coffee or hot chocolate or chai drinker.

  • Michelle

    Favorite homemade gift idea? Homemade marshmallows in a mug for hot chocolate. Yum!

  • Becky

    Became a FB fan!

  • Janay

    Love to give fudge too, I think I have the same recipe, it’s great. Thanks!

  • http://www.abusymomoftwo.blogspot.com BusyMom

    We make cookie trays to share with neighbors and the various teachers. That is our favorite homemade gift.

  • Cfosh

    I love to make cookie mixes in jars with a nice fabric top and a pretty ribbon! Personalize with the instructions on a label!
    Thanks for all you do!

    Cfosh

  • http://www.abusymomoftwo.blogspot.com BusyMom
  • Ginger

    I love homemade fudge and toffee.

  • Caroline

    For some favorite friends, we like to make homemade Kahlua! Yum!

  • Kirsten

    A plate of homemade goodies is always good for me!

  • Emma

    Homemade mexican flan. one of the greatest dessert you can enjoy with everyone

  • http://momforhim.blogspot.com Jessica-MomForHim

    I made some white chocolate popcorn mix and put in pretty bags, and will also be making up some jars of homemade hot chocolate mix to give away. :-) I also do a cookie exchange with a few friends.

  • sun

    Sun

    sun_lutz@yahoo.com

    I use to love to make cookies-in-a-jar.

  • Julita Nethon

    Banana Bread.. Yum!

  • Julita Nethon

    I tweeted!

  • http://pugetsoundprudence.blogspot.com/ Kim

    I like to give homemade peanut butter fudge as a gift.

  • http://alwayscarryingcoupons.blogspot.com Mylia

    Every year while caroling we give out a homemade jar of cookie mix.

  • Stephanie

    I like making soy candles out of gift tins!

  • Samantha

    I also make a fudge for gifts, it is very simular to this recipe. I just got done buying the ingredients to make it. It’s great for teachers!

  • http://alwayscarryingcoupons.blogspot.com Mylia

    We’re fans on facebook.

  • Stephanie
  • Brandy Ketler

    my favorite homemade gift is cocoa layered with chocolates and marshmallows in glass containers!

  • Kristi

    I have made peppermint cocoa for teachers and friends.

  • Georgia

    I always make homemade peanut butter fudge. Its an old, old recipe that was given to me when I was 15. I love the stuff!

  • Melissa

    We’re fans on facebook and I love your website.

  • Sandra

    My favorite treat is fudge too!!!!! I keep it in the freezer and eat it all year round.

  • Heather R

    My favorite homemade gifts are personally made scrapbooks for all the grandparents of my daughters year. They love the photographs and I have fun making them with my daughter.

  • Cecilia

    Cookies! :)

  • Jennifer

    I make pumpkin bread!

  • Jaclyn

    One of my favorite homemade gifts are the sweet treats I have grown up with. My mom has several holiday treats like carmal brownies, butterscotch chips melted on chinese noodles & peanuts, the white pecan ball cookies ( aka wedding cookies), peanut butter chocolate switl bars, oh & the list goes ON! I always start craving all the traditional recipes this time of year! I would love to win the $100 Visa! =)

  • http://fabulesslyfrugal.com AJ

    My favorite homemade gift it tied fleece blankets.

  • carla

    I love making new things each year. Some of my favorites have bee hot fudge, creamcheese cherry breads, caramels, caramel corn… yum!

  • http://snapshotsbychristina.blogspot.com Christina Zimmerman

    I like to make Chocolate Mice.. they are soooo CUTE! They are a Hershey’s Kiss for the head..and Maraschino Cherry dipped in chocolate for the body..(leave the stem..it’s the tail..hehe)..sliced almonds..will adhere to the kiss with a bit of melted chocolate..and then a bit of white icing to dot on the eyes..these are even cute to serve on an oreo. They are soo sweet..and sooo tasty!! :)

  • Estie

    My favorite homemade gift is a plate of goodies or homemade hot chocolate.

  • Debbie

    I love to make homemade cookies to share with friends.

  • http://pugetsoundprudence.blogspot.com/ Kim

    I am not very crafty or original. I usually do some homemade penut butter fudge!

  • Maria

    this year i had a baby and a niece, it seemed impossible to figure out what to get them for their first christmas so i sewed them some stuffed animal/monsters and they came out so cute that i will make more to give to my husband and i think i will do smaller versions to give to the other kids of the family… homemade gifts are the best… i hope i could also bake something yummy too…i have to give it a try…

  • http://www.mamabee.net Thrifty Mama B

    Homemade gifts I’ve done:

    homemade photo calendars
    fudge
    cookies in a jar
    cake in a mug
    Kid made picture frame with art drawing for grandparents

  • Shawnte

    I like to give coffee mugs filled with a recipe for spice tea, a bag of spice tea for one cup, candy, and a candy cane wrapped and tied with a bow!

  • http://pugetsoundprudence.blogspot.com/ Kim

    Hi, just tweeted about your giveaway!

  • http://www.mamabee.net Thrifty Mama B

    follow on twitter @ThriftyMamaB and tweeted

    http://twitter.com/ThriftyMamaB/status/6554864521

  • Christina

    My favorite handmade gift is photo calendars. I make mine with scrapbooking supplies and stamps. Cute and inexpensive (except for my time)!

  • Stephanie
  • Stephanie

    I LOVE to make blankets for people. Mostly children blankets! Home-made blankets say I LOVE you!

    Stephaniekirk29@gmail.com

  • lyn

    holiday cookies!!

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  • Stephanie
  • bucksaver

    I always make homemade fudge, too! Everyone seems to love it and appreciate the effort that it takes to make.

  • Mitch

    The best homeade present I have made is to scan in every drawing or project that my boys have made over the year and put it onto a disk with Google’s phot screensaver. Then, whenever they are at work or home at the computer they have a fairly classly way to show off the stuff that often clutters up the fridge only to be lost over time.

  • Joy

    I usually make cheesy ranch Chex Mix. This year I’m also going to try Amy’s Chai Tea mix. I’m also going to try to make peppermint bark.

  • gina Juliano

    My husband I like to make homemade barbeque sauce. It’s his grandfather’s recipe from Kansas City. Everyone loves it!

    Gina

  • Angelique

    A friend of mine makes wreaths for gifts at Christmas,they are beautiful,and this year she is going to teach me how to make them.

  • Lea

    Packages of homemade hot chocolate mix. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Stacie

    Homemade plate of goodies. Muddy Buddies, ginger snaps, caramel, fudge, choc. turtles, and white choc. covered ritz with peanut butter inside.

    Yum!!

  • Trish

    I like to crochet stockings and stuff them with fun goodies.

  • Trish

    I am a Facebook fan too!

  • Joy

    I also forgot to mention that I make angel feather ornaments. It’s a very spiritual and simple gift that people love.

  • kjl

    I love to make English toffee!

  • Melissa M

    My daughter and I made “cake mix in a mug” gifts for her friends and I am excited about making a journal jar for my mom this year. I will create questions and idea starters for daily journaling and put them in a jar for her to pull out when she needs inspiration.

  • http://www.mamabee.net Thrifty Mama B

    Im a facebook fan (Shanaka L. B.)

  • http://www.christianclippers.com Apryl Griffith

    cards the kids make

  • http://www.christianclippers.com Apryl Griffith

    I’m a facebook fan

    christian clippers

  • Patty Sullivan

    My kids & I make fleece blankets or scarves. It is very simple yet people enjoy them. A friend just asked me today to make her 2! She loves them! I tweeted you & posted your message on my Facebook page! Love your site!

  • http://www.christianclippers.com Apryl Griffith

    I follow you on twitter and I tweeted

    christianclippe

  • Maria

    This year I’m making heating pads filled with scented rice. I’m loving the idea of them, and I’m pretty sure they’ll be a hit!

  • Michelle

    My fall-back gift is a purse. If I can’t think of anything else, I’ll usually make a purse. :p

  • Una

    I love to make cookies, different types of bread, and Christmas crafts such as Angel tree toppers, crochet Christmas stockings etc. It makes you feel good when you share something you made yourself.

  • Wendy J

    My favorite homemade gift to give is canned apple pie filling with the dry ingredients for apple crisp topping in a ziploc bag. Who doesn’t love apple crisp on a cold night? Everyone loves to get it! Another hit I’ve given is Dipping Oil (in a mason jar) and a loaf of homemade bread.

  • Maria

    I’m a Facebook fan!

  • jamie

    My favorite homemade gift is from MomAdvice a few years ago she posted directions on bubble magnets. I LOVE mine and everyone loved getting them. They are cute and practical! I’m making them again this year.

  • Shauna

    We give Reindeer “Poo”. It’s miniature marshmellows in sandwich baggies decorated with ribbons and a small christmas card on card stock. They’re cute, cheap and people always seem to get such a kick out of them.

  • http://www.idofaces.blogspot.com Tasia

    That fudge looks yummy! I always make puppy chow for my neighbors! And family…they beg me!

  • Katie

    We love making sugar cookies with plenty to share and plenty to eat!

  • Heather

    Love making cookies for family every year!!

  • http://www.luv2bfrugal.net Julie

    I already follow you on Twitter, but I tweeted about your giveaway.

  • http://kimberleefaith.blogspot.com Kimberlee

    This year we are making little gift baskets of baked goodies for all of my daughter’s teachers. She chose to make the Muddy Buddies from Chex! We will also add some cookies and fudge to the baskets!

  • Cindy

    My favorite gift is spiced pecans…sweet, crunchy and cinnamony. Delish!

    My other favorites are peanut butter balls, fudge, and chocolate covered spoons or pretzels.

    I think I’ll try peppermint bark this year…doesn’t that sound yummy?

  • Vanessa

    Definitly red velvet cupcakes decorated for the season!

  • Cassandra

    One year I made car review mirror hangings out of glass beads. I made frogs and lizards. They were so cute! I need to make them again :)

  • breabella

    Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread. Be still my heart.

  • Karen

    I love doing mixes in a jar.

  • Melanie B

    I’m crafty, so I like to make wreaths, ornaments, quilts, and embellished paper crafts as gifts. I find great ideas in the martha stewart living magazine.

  • http://www.luv2bfrugal.net Julie

    I like making gift baskets with a theme. For instance, I’ve assembled a pizza basket for my brother and family, with an apron, pizza cutter, crust mix, jar of sauce, and container of parmesan cheese. We’ve also assembled a family movie night basket, with pkgs of microwave popcorn, a pkg of Junior Mints, a two-liter drink, and a DVD movie was got through Swap-a-DVD.

    VERY well-received!

  • Heidi Mc

    My favorite is to make little bags of “reindeer food” to give to the kids. We mix bird seed & a little glitter ( so the reindeer can see it at night ) and put in fun bags. They all get so excited when they get to go home & sprinkle it on their lawn. :)

  • http://www.luv2bfrugal.net Julie

    I’m a Facebook fan now!

  • Erin

    I like to give homemade bread during the holidays

  • Summer

    I love giving out cinnamon rolls at Christmas!

  • KElly

    I love to make homemade bundt cakes for my neighbors.

  • Barb

    My favorite homemade gift is Oreo Truffles (just google for a recipe). They look like you spent a lot of time making them (which you didn’t) and they taste heavenly. Best of all, they only have 3 ingredients.

  • Alan

    Homemade chocolate chip cookies in holiday themed tins.

  • http://www.thewarffamily.blogspot.com Susan

    I haven’t done it yet, but I am gonna try my hand at peppermint bark this year. That stuff is yummy!

  • mm

    my favorite home-made gift is homemade cookies and other homade goodies wrapped in nice prety jars.

  • Amanda

    I love the cookie mix in a jar!

  • donna g

    I give my Almond Toffee and iced sugar cookies.

  • Renee S.

    I make fudge and chocolate chip tea cookies.

  • Amber

    Our favorite homemade gifts to give are bird houses that my husband creates…so unique and beautiful!

  • Karina

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  • Crystal

    My favorite homemade gift is artwork. I love to draw and paint (neither of which I have done very much of since having our daughters). If you know someone’s style or can do a portrait, it’s super personal.

  • Karina

    I like to make gift baskets for people. its always a hit with tons of stuff i get free through out the year!!

  • http://www.frugalracingfanmommy.com Erica

    We basically do the same thing. Make many Christmas candies and put them in decorative tins or baskets and give them away.

  • Elena

    Anything with pictures!! I am making a collage portrait for my parents this year. they are going to love it!!!

  • becky

    My daughters and I bake and decorate homemade sugar cookies for friends and family. It’s my favorite thing we do together for others!

  • http://aprilemery.blogspot.com April E.

    entry 1 – i love to make my grandmother’s Rocky Road chocolate. it’s amazing. “mmmm” is the usual reaction when someone takes a bite.

  • http://aprilemery.blogspot.com April E.

    entry 2 – i tweeted at http://www.twitter.com/aprilemery

  • Megan

    A personalized scrapbook.

  • amanda

    My mom and always made holiday sweatshirts for my kids’ teachers. also, the kids make ornaments for the grandparents every year.

  • Melanie

    I made calendars for the Grandparents with pictures of all of their grandchildren. We also give tins of homemade goodies to teachers and friends.

  • Rashelle R

    I love to make homemade holiday themed sugar cookies with red and green frosting.

  • Sharon

    I make hard candy for gift giving.

  • Moneen

    Home made bed warmers. Take a flannel scarf and sew up the edges to make a large pocket. fasten the flap with hook and loop fastener or buttons. Fill a heavy duty freezer zippy bag with rice or beans. Microwave for 1-2 min. and put it in the flannel pocket to warm your bed. This can also be used for a heat pack for sore muscles.

  • http://www.getyourscrapon.blogspot.com em

    I love making homemade cards and wrapping them up pretty. I give these to teachers and friends. THANKS for the giveaway!

  • Chrystal

    We like to give our services as gifts around the holidays helping neighbors put up lights or helping family clean out their dirty old closets!! These are things that people truly appreciate much more than material gifts!

  • sarah b

    My favorite homemade dessert is oreo truffles. they taste sooooo good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Nancy W.

    I love to make pies and give to people. thanks for the giveaway.

  • erin

    i’m making homemade vanilla extract this year for family and friends

  • Angel S.

    I like to make platters if cookies and fudge. Nothing says lovin’ like something from my oven!

  • erin

    eckelly(at)liberty(dot)edu

    i also just became a fan on facebook.

  • Kasey Williams

    I’m following you on Twitter and just tweeted about this giveaway.

  • Kasey Williams

    We like to give a cute ornament made by the kids (mommy helps too.)to grandparents every year. They look forward to them and its going to be so neat to look back at them all when they are grown.

  • Kasey Williams

    I just became a fan on Facebook :)

  • kathy compa

    I like flavored cooking oil and vinegar

  • kathy compa
  • kathy compa

    i tweeted! i follow u on twitter!

  • kathy compa

    i am a fan on facebook ,i commented!

  • http://www.sunflowergirl71.blogspot.com DeAnn

    I like giving mixes in a jar. My favorite recipe is for a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie that is so fast to make (for the person receiving the mix) and tastes so yummy. I also like giving sets of handmade cards that I’ve stamped and embellished (of course, those are harder to give away, because I usually like them so much, I want to keep them). I’ve also made Christmas wreaths or regular wreaths, too. There are so many ideas for homemade gifts! :)

  • Kim

    Thanks Mercedes for all you do!!

    Im already a fan on facebook! :)

  • Kim

    Thanks Mercedes for all you do!!

    Im already a fan on facebook! :)

  • Kim

    One of my favorite homemade gifts to give for presents is fudge as well.. but I make the cheater variety… It takes only minutes and everyone LOVES it!!

    1 bag of chocolate morsels
    4/5 can sweetened condensed milk

    Add the two together in a glass bowl and cook on high in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
    Remove & stir quickly until all the morsels are melted.
    Pour into a small pan (5×7 or 8×8) lined with a piece of heavy foil.

    To harden quickly, I place it into the freezer for about 3/4 hour, then cut & eat.

    You can use the full can of condensed sweetened milk but the end product will be a little bit tacky/sticky but still tastes wonderful.

  • http://rjensenfam.blogspot.com Erin

    My favorite homemade gift is wash cloths! my cousin crochets them!

  • Catherine

    I make homemade breads – everything from fruit and nut loaves to brioche!

  • http://www.familybalancesheet.org Kristia@Family Balance Sheet

    I wrote about the giveaway on my blog:
    http://www.familybalancesheet.org/2009/12/odd-and-end.html

  • Merrilee

    we like to make homemade hot chocolate mixes & dip plastic spoons in chocolate. wrap up the spoons & attach a bag of cocoa mix. So easy & quick! Or we like doing chocolate covered pretzel rods.

  • Jen

    My girls and I love to bake cookies so we’ll make a bunch, grab a few of each kind and present them in a pretty Christmas tin to our neighbors.

  • chelpa

    i’m doing a cookie/fudge basket this year for my family and friends. they all love my homemade chocolate chip cookies, and i’ll make a few others and include the recipes so that they can enjoy the gift whenever they feel like baking!

  • Nancy B

    My sister and I get together and bake tons of different kinds of cookies and candy and put them in tins. We have teachers that are disappointed when they don’t have our kids as students!It is a lot of fun.

  • kristin w

    Homemade cookies or bread.

  • Kate

    bulls-eye cookies made with a round pretzel, a hug, and an m are always a great food gift!

  • randy miller

    This year I will be giving out my homemade strawberry jam and fresh english muffin bread made in my bread machine! LOL, that is if I can get it out of the house without anyone stealing it first.

  • Kristine

    Use things from your stockpile to create gift baskets, the key to creating a lovely basket is putting something in the bottom to bulk things up, either used a paper bag that has been rolled or tucked under or use plastic bags, just anything to give it some extra padding and then use shredded tissue or just tissue to give it a lovely area to rest, you can even use skewers and tape if you need to balance things. It just helps them look a lot better. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v729/Kristinemomof3/baskets005.jpg

  • D

    Those jars of cookie mix are a cheap and easy gift to make. They even look pretty in the jar!! :o)

  • KD

    I love making homemade scrapbooks not big ones by little ones I like to call brag books. They are easy and a true gift from the heart.

  • Whitney

    I love making scrapbooks for other people!

  • susan p

    homemade cards done by the kids.

  • http://taorminafamily.blogspot.com kristin

    We made the painted mugs and cocoa mix from MomAdvice for my girls’ teachers this year. Fun & easy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://jend114.blogspot.com Jen

    I love to make the gifts in a jar

  • Kim

    This year I made chocolate covered spoons with crushed pepermint candy canes on top. I wrapped them with plastic wrap, put a bow around them and they look so cute! I plan to make baskets for family and friends with the spoons and some Caribou coffee from my stockpile.

  • Beth

    I love all the homemade cards that my 6 year old daughter makes for every holiday.

  • kathy f

    I like to make sweet chex mix for christmas gifts.

  • gwen m

    I love to buy inexpensive gold/silver platter/trays from the dollar store and arrange either homemade or store bought cookies on them. I sit a coffee mug filled with coffee/cocoa packets in the center of the tray and stack cookies and other treats around it and then cellophane the entire tray/platter. Makes a wonderful gift to give because the recepient usually ends up opening it and sharing with others :)

  • Lisa

    My favorite homemade gift idea is a jar filled with cookie dough ingredients with a pretty top and recipe attached. I also like (and make) homemade bread to give away.

  • Carla M.

    I love making home made turtles with home made caramel. People love them. In addition, it is a family tradition to make them with my Mom.

  • Courtney

    I make people Fleece blankets with their name embroidered on them. My husbands extended family picks names and everyone hopes I get their name because they know I will be making a fleece blanket for them to snuggle up in which is really needed in WI especially the last couple day with the Freezing wind chill.

  • sara Trossen

    i love to make homemade candles and give them out. there is so many different kinds you can make and everyone can use a candle

  • Tanya

    I make a homemade bark that is awesome. I got this recipe from my sister.

    Dark chocolate
    Cherries or Cranberries dried
    Pistachios
    White chocolate

    Basically you melt the dark chocolate and pour over wax paper. While the chocolate is still warm add cherries/cranberries and pistachios. Drizzle with white chocolate. Wait for it to cool and break into chunks. Wrap up nicely.

  • Rebecca

    My tip is to buy large jars/vases and fill with potpourri and a strand of white christmas lights. cover the top with a pretty cloth and leave the plug and wire on the outside! The lights usually warm the potpourri and it smells lovely! Just watch who you do this for as many people are allergic! I learned this from a lady I lived for a year!

  • Susan

    I like making cookies for Christmas gifts (or candy).

  • Janet

    Homemade cookies, candy, apple butter(made when I found apples for 3#/99cents!).

  • emily

    My mom’s homemade pralines, I can never get them to turn out just right so I have to rely on her help!

  • Lindsey

    Yay! I so could use this gift card! I make cookies in a jar! yummY

  • scarlett bendixen

    I am a fan on facebook

  • scarlett bendixen

    I love to make carmel and chocolate dipped pretzels for my neighbors!

  • molly

    i like painting wood and using a paint pin to add scripture on wood and adding some wire with buttons or other fun sparklies to brighten the wall decoration.

  • Niki

    Our family bakes sugar cookies and we use Christmas cookie cutters to make Santa, Christmas Trees, reindeer, etc. Then the children paint the cookies. The cookies turn out great and the children really enjoy it.

  • melissah

    Two years ago I made fleece tie blankets for all my family. I found a lot of great fleece patterns at wal-mart. My family loves them because they are double sided and super comfy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jenn M

    FOOD is the best homemade gift!!! Especially chocolate!

    Would love to win!

  • Emily

    I’m entered to win!!

    • Emily

      Oops, forgot my favorite homemade idea. I love to make truffles. They are so easy and a huge hit.

  • Emily

    I just became a fan on Facebook.

  • Amber C

    My fave is baked goods!

  • Amanda

    We always give homemade sugar cookies and roasted nuts as teacher gifts.

  • Bethann

    I love to have the kids help me with our baked homemade goods. We make chocolate covered carmel corn, regular Christmas cookies and this year, I’m letting the kids make some peanut butter kisses. It’s so much fun to try to find ways to let all 4 of them help in the creative process!

  • Amanda

    I tweeted!

  • Elizabeth

    I love making candles.

  • Ln

    My favorite gift to make and receive is an ornament for the tree. People can enjoy it during the season and then pack it away with the rest of the things already being packed away and then enjoy it again the next season. A really cute wreath ornament (that’s so easy it’s crazy) that I found in my inbox this year is listed here: http://fun.familyeducation.com/slideshow/crafts/48963.html?page=5&detoured=1

    Enjoy!

  • Amanda

    I am fan on facebook and shared your give away.

  • Eva

    Homemade rocky road candy treats. It’s yummy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • KC

    I make anise seed biscotti each year, though I also made fudge very similar to yours last year!

  • http://childrensnook.blogspot.com/ Angela P

    Homemade applesauce. It is so yummy and not that many people make it.

  • belinda

    Homade tamales. You can freeze them and they are a little meal in themselves!

  • http://stlouiscents.blogspot.com Courtney

    I love anything I can sew. I’m currently working on handmade advent calendars. :)

  • Melissa

    This year I am giving out copies of DVD’s I made from all of our VHS’s of our family’s home videos from our childhood growing up. We haven’t seen them in years and it will be nice for something that every family member can have.

  • Melissa

    I’m a facebook fan!

  • Kimberly in NC

    I always make pumpkin bread to giveaway (and some to keep and eat). I love it!
    Thanks!

  • theresa g

    My kids and I love to make homemade cookies and ornaments.

  • Melissa

    Homemade cookies or mixes for various soups/cakes/cookies. :O)

  • Kris

    We love to make homemade cookies and share them with all the extended family!

  • Lorianne

    I love to make treats galore!!! Dipped chocolates are a favorite!!

  • Kelly Perry

    knitted gifts. no time for those anymore ;)

  • Jennifer

    My favorite gift I’ve received was a scrapbook for my Hawaii pictures.

  • Chrissy

    Last year I received homemade truffles–they were beautiful and delicious. I’m going to try my hand at making them this year.

  • Kristin

    White chocolate covered mint oreos are my favorite and so easy!

  • Lauren

    The best thing I ever made was stockings for my mom, dad, and grandma. I cross-stitched their names and a little tree or present on it. I was so proud of myself!

  • Lauren

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted your giveaway: http://twitter.com/dopeymouse05/status/6569175608
    Thanks!

  • Lina

    If you go to the Nestle website, they have an awesome recipe for peanutbutter chocolate cookies! Make a few dozen and it’s a perfect gift for neighbors

  • http://www.thejones-diary.blogspot.com Dannon

    We are making different types of holiday breads/muffins for food baskets my workplace is giving to needy families. My teenage son is doing most of the cooking for a school cooking project. In addition to getting school credit he will learn a valuable lesson in giving to those who are less fortunate! My husband’s coworker requested a cheeseball I took to their Christmas party….so that will be a new homemade gift I give this year!

  • Ann

    I tweeted you on twitter.

  • michelle w

    I love making homemade cookies and giving them out to people I know!

  • Ann

    My fav is homemade cookies.

  • Lana

    I do a package of homemade cookies and candies for all the neighbors.

  • Renee

    Homemade caramel corn. Yum!

  • Jennifer

    My favorite gift is homemade candy. My grandma and my mom used to make it and now I do. It’s quite simple and so delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • tinap

    My daughter has a lot of friends and can’t buy for everyone, so we bake! We bought after Christmas last year all kinds of cute little holiday containers (tins, boxes,mugs,stockings etc). We now bake fudge, cookies, brownies, and chocolate bark and fill the containers. * For her best friends we also add lip gloss, lotions, makeup,nail polish ( all items that we get year long for free or close to it from using our coupons and ecbs)!
    tinap
    tinajanet1@verizon.net

  • kristi

    i shared this on facebook!

  • Amy

    I love making caramel corn and giving it away in nice tins.

  • kristi

    this yr me and my two yr old made ornaments for her grandparents and great grandparents…we made a santa complete w/cotton beard and hat (she really loved putting this on!) and then we made a mitten w/buttons, a stocking w/glitter, and a snowman w/stickers each one of these has a picture of her on it! i got the designs from an oriental trading magazine…cut out all the pieces from paper/material/foam board that i had…the only thing i had to buy was the pictures (which i got free from snapfish =)) the grandparents get gifts to treasure and we enjoyed mommy daughter time and had fun!

  • Catherine

    I like giving mini cheesecakes and brownies from scratch. Always a hit!

  • Lynne

    I have a Rum cake that I like to give – depending on who it is I am giving to. And I also have a recipe for Cherry Mash Candy that I love!!

  • Tyree

    Digial printed hardbound scrapbook from Arscow best site ever for these!! My in-laws loved theirs (gave them early :) )

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  • Nicole

    I try to do something different each year. This year it’s wool dryer balls made from a half-finished afghan I got at a yard sale for $2. They’re useful, inexpensive, and green!

  • http://www.themalkos.blogspot.com Brooke M

    What a perfect giveaway – who couldn’t use $100 extra dollars for that holiday shopping!

    My fav hommeade gift Idea is to make Christmas ornaments! I made my own Christmas ornaments last year – they are different sized yarn balls, and everyone always compliments them and asks me where I got them, so I am making a bunch of extras and taking sets of them to holiday parties as hostess gifts!

    ~Brooke
    brooke.malko@gmail.com

  • http://www.dontgetexciteditsjustme.blogspot.com K. Rock

    I like to cook homemade cookies.

  • Nicole

    I just became a fan on facebook (been meaning to do that anyway!)!

  • http://www.wholesomewomanhood.wordpress.com Carrie

    I enjoyed making potholders for my mom with my son’s footprints on them. It was fairly simple and now she has some potholders with a memory attached. :-)

  • Sonya

    My favorite homemade gift is bath salts/beaty products. Such fun!

  • Kelli

    I love giving homemade hot cocoa mix in a jar. I use the recipe on momadvice.com.

  • http://www.the-bakers-rack.blogspot.com Carrie

    I make coloring books for all my nieces and nephews- there are tons of coloring page websites out there for every character imaginable. I print out the pages on both sides, and then I put them in 3 prong folders (free and/or super cheap at the beginning of the school year). Round out the presents with the 10 cent and free crayons from the back-to-school sales, and I have presents for about 20 kids for less than $10 (including paper for the printer!). These are always a big hit, and several of my nieces put in special requests this year.

  • http://wisthrop.blogspot.com Jared

    I always like the homemade treats. My grandma makes the best fudge and it is always a treat to get a box of homemade fudge from her. The other homemade gift I like is the family coupon books (free night of babysitting, free homemade dessert, get out of cleaning your room, etc.).

  • Amber

    I am already a fan on facebook.

  • Amber

    Every year my mom and I spend an entire weekend in the kitchen. We make several different kinds of cookies and 4 – 5 different kinds of fudge (using Carnation evap milk of course!). We give an array of goodies to friends, family and coworkers. It’s my favorite holiday tradition!

  • Tiffany

    We make pumpkin rolls for our neighbors.

  • kristina

    Awesome, going to try that

    • kristina

      chapstick that is

  • http://amysfinerthings.com Amy @ Finer Things

    My favorite handmade gift is the ornament I get every single year from my grandma.

  • Sarah A.

    My favorite homemade gift has been the homemade apple pie filling. I know I always have a quick dessert that looks fancy and is easy.

  • Veronica

    Chocolate covered pretzels in cute holiday plastic bags are my favorite homemade gift.

    couponchickvee (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Terri L

    Homemade caramel corn is my favorite. Making your own gift bag is a great way to give it.

  • Marin D

    My favorite homemade gift is a photo book. I am a scrapbooker so it is a simple but thoughtful gift. :o)

  • Karlie

    I love giving soup and drink mixes in cool decorated glass jars that I reuse from various sources spagetti souce, etc…

  • Karlie

    I’m a facebook fan too…

  • angeline saby

    im a fecebook fan i will be making hot chocolate jar mixes for kids teacher and coworkers.

  • Sarah C

    I give homemade goodies (cookies, turtles, truffles, caramel popcorn) along with winter accessories such as warm socks!

  • angeline saby

    im a facebook fan i will be making hot chocolate jar mixes for kids teacher and coworkers.

  • Karlie

    and i follow on twitter

  • Faith

    I love to make fudge and then pack it into cookie cutters. A little cellophane wrap and some ribbon and it makes for a festive and yummy gift. And who couldn’t use more cookie cutters?! :-)

  • Lori S

    We make homemade candles.

    Thanks!

  • Jessica

    My favorite homemade gift is bannana bread. I lvoe to make it and give it away.

  • Devon P

    I prefer to make homemade craft ornaments.

  • Brett M

    I love to make homemade 7-up cake. It’s refreshing and delicious and most people have never had it!

  • Elizabeth Harrison

    A good friend/sister-in-law of mine made all the women in our family home made bracelets symbolizing the events and birth of Jesus last year. So beautiful and really hits the mark on what Christmas is all about =) Me, not so creative. If I can find time in between raising my small children, running our small business and bargain shopping ;-) I love to bake cookies for all of my very large extended family. Favorite cookies/most requested=chocolate chip with chopped Andes Mints, yum-yum!

  • sonia

    my homemade gifts are christmas fruit cake.

  • Kate

    I love to make the salty-sweet toffee candy bars with saltines, butter, sugar & melted chocolate and nuts on top. It’s so easy and no one ever guesses it is made from saltine crackers!
    For relatives, anything with our children’s handprint or picture, an ornament, plate, etc., seems to be a hit and something to treasure for years to come!

  • Stacy Kennedy

    My favorite homemade gift idea is a handwritten card. Making the card and writing a personal note is a unique treasure:)

  • Stacy Kennedy

    I’m a facebook follower!!!

  • http://www.ourtableforfive.com Brandie

    My favorite handmade gift (this year) is crocheted scarves. I’ve been making a few and they are fast and easy and just as cool as any in the stores.

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  • Brenda

    My family is always trying to come up with something. Last year we made a mix in jar. Most of my relatives had never seen it before and they let me know how much they enjoyed it.

  • Chrsiti

    I love to make homemade cinnamon rolls to give. I freeze them and give them already cooked and give them instuctions on thawing and heating up for Christmas morning.

  • http://www.racheldarley.blogspot.com Rachel Darley

    OOoh…. Since my friend introduced me to her Bishop’s bread, I’ve made that each year for the past 5 years for family members…and pignoli cookies. Love the pignoli cookies!!

  • Sol

    I follow you on Twitter and just RT your message!

  • kathy

    I like making frosted sugar cookies for the holidays.

  • Nicole

    I love giving gifts in a jar full of dry ingredients for cookies, soups, etc.

  • Sol

    I love to make and share holiday ornaments. It’s a wonderful tradition, and something personal for each guest to take home.

  • Jill

    I love baking Christmas cookies for all my friends and family.

  • Susie

    My favorite homemade gift is cookies!

  • Susie

    I follow you on facebook!

  • http://www.sideeyeintervention.blogspot.com JKREIDS

    Love to give homemade banana bread.

  • http://www.glutenfreepromise.com Nicole

    My favorite homemade gift are chocolate covered pretzels decorated with colored sprinkles.

  • Susan

    Homemade cookies

  • Andrea

    We love making and giving away Swedish Tea Rings.

  • Jenna

    wow you are so right $100 would be great help. My daughter and I have for the last two years been making chocolate suckers for the neighborhood children. Not to expensive the kids love them and I try to buy everything on sale between Halloween and Christmas. We have a large neighborhood of children (military base)and this is fun. Merry Christmas

  • Louanne K Sullivan

    My favorite homemade gift is time. I make up a pretty card on the computer and give what the person would most like. A cooked meal, babysitting, petsitting or just a good old fashioned day of helping around your house. I know I appreciate time and help more than I do presents. Thanks for all you do to help me save $$$.
    Louanne K Sullivan
    8373 Bellflower Road
    Mentor, Ohio 44060
    sulli13@sbcglobal.net

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Tracy

    Last year I made “New Year’s” Baskets for a few families with young children. I made up jars of dry ingredients for cookies, jars of cocoa mix, snowman mugs (found at the dollar store) and a matching plate for their cookies, plastic champagne glasses (from the dollar store) and sparkling jello to make up and add to the champagne glasses. I also added a bag of chips and dip and a gift card for movie rentals.

  • Mary Thomas

    ALWAYS homebaked goodies!! I always seem to be the one giving the food but I never get any food… that’s what I want for Christmas!! :>)

  • JAIME

    I LOVE THE GIFTS IN A JAR

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    IM A FAN

  • Angela

    Last year I made up a basket of all the dry ingredients needed to make a soup along with the recipe card. All the recipient needed to add was the ground beef.

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  • heidi

    I love english Toffee, cookies, fudge, and sweet breads – fvaorite – cranberry bread

  • heidi

    I subscribe by e-mail.

  • Shelley

    Every year it seems I do something different, but this year we are giving away Reindeer Food in little tins.

  • April

    This year I am doing homemade ornaments! :)

  • JC

    I love giving away our homemade quiltedpatch works, from wallet, potholder, teapot holder…etc.

  • JC
  • Sherry

    My favorite homemade gift has to be my grandmother’s homemade candy. Luckily she is teaching me how to make it :)

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  • achara

    I follow you on Twitter

  • achara

    I’m your fan on facebook

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  • traci smith

    i dont usually make homemade gifts for christmas, but there are a few friends an family members who love my fudge, i only make it about twice a year now ,since i cant stir it or hold the pan ,so i do try to make it for them , they love it and it feels great to know how happy i made them feel with something so little

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  • Tracy

    I am a facebook fan!

  • Maryann

    Favorite gift is a plate of whole wheat chocolate chip cookies with lots of bits and nuts.

  • Julie Nguy

    I learned how to knit a few years ago. The only thing I can make so far are scarves =)

  • achara

    I got this from my friend. She used a glass block and stuff with the Christmas lights in it, tie with a decorative ribbon, berry and pine cones, etc. There you got the pretty centerpiece. I love it.

  • lisa

    It would have to be homemade cookies.

  • Dan S.

    homemade banana bread is the best

  • sarah p

    I love either carmelized nuts or candied popcorn in a tin

  • http://mommyswishlist.blogspot.com Lea Ann

    I actually make fudge too, but use Andes chips or Andes mints as the chocolate. Sets up better than the Nestle Tollhouse chips. Use crushed peppermints on top as it sets.
    AND I like to get out my spritz gun (cookie press) and make all kinds of butter cookies. That is my favorite kitchen implement.

  • Melody Carpenter

    I make calendars for all the parents and grandparents every year.

  • Joanna Morin

    My favorite is the homemade cocoa. Way better than any I’ve ever had.

  • AnnMarie

    I like to make scrapbooks for the family. They get pictures of the kids throughout the year and I have a reason to scrapbook, which I love to do.

  • Kristin

    I’m so simple. I just like doing cookie baskets!

  • Tasha

    My favorite homemade gift is reindeer food. I make it every year to give to friends,teachers and neighbors. 1 box of golden grahams,1 jar of peanuts, and a pack of white almond bark. Melt the almond bark and pour it over the cereal/nut mixture-awesome!!

  • Tasha

    I am a facebook fan!!

  • Diana

    I’m making refrigerator magnets for my friends with pictures of their children.

  • http://www.itsgravybaby.com Whitney

    I actually just made a few batched of cinnamon honey butter for gifts. So simple & delicious!

  • Emilee Stanley

    Homemade cookies for the neighbors. (My kids love to help).

  • Deanna

    My favorite home made gift is what I have my daughter make for our family members. She does Christmas Ornaments or Paintings that she paints. I buy all the supplies at a Craft store, then she and my nieces make the gifts. That way they don’t have to worry about buying gifts, and they can give a beautiful personal gift.

  • http://www.itsgravybaby.com Whitney

    Following & tweeted.

  • Teryn

    i love making buckeye balls, fudge, homemade hot chocolate and cookies to give as gifts

  • Stefanie

    I purchased really inexpensive snowman holiday cookie jars at the end of last season. I am going to make homemade buckeyes and fill the cookie jars. The only time I make buckeyes are for the holidays!

  • sally

    This card would really help me out. I still have 4 grandchildren to buy gifts for & I’m just about out of money. Good Luck everyone.

  • Laura

    My favorite homemade gift is cookies.

  • Alison

    My favorite homemade gift is ornaments. I prefer handmade ones over store bought

  • http://www.turningcouponsintocash.blogspot.com Kelly

    I love to make and give homemade fudge for gifts.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Kelly

  • amy in sc

    my favorite homemade gift idea is coupons…for my birthday this year, my husband gave me a “coupon book” with things in it like “cook dinner” or “paint the dining room”. It was perfect! :)

  • Meghan

    This year I’ll be giving relatives homemade Toffee… so yummy!

  • lisa thomas

    Homemade peanut butter balls

  • Jessica

    I make bath salts that are “handmade” by my preschool kids. It is easy on the pocketbook. My kids stir up the salts (before I add the essential oils). I add & stir the oils into the salts, then put them in a pretty canning jar topped with a ribbon & tag. I use a different recipe each year… Orange lavender last year, chocolate mint this year. They are great teachers gifts!

  • Patti Bright

    I crochet blankets for my kids. They love them cause they are warm & mom made them :)
    plb8156@aol.com

  • Jen A.

    I love making chocolate chip cookies for my co-workers and friends!
    Thanks!
    Jen A.

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  • Maggie M.

    I make stain glass windows for friends, these are colored mini marshmallows, rolled in chocolate and frozen, then sliced yummy and pretty!
    Thanks!
    Maggie M.

  • http://www.cariescoins.blogspot.com Carie

    My favorite homemade gift idea is chocolate covered candy….peanut butter balls, nuts & pretzels put inside mugs or tins.

  • http://www.cariescoins.blogspot.com Carie

    I’m a twitter fan & I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/CariesCoins/status/6578389307

  • http://www.cariescoins.blogspot.com Carie

    I’m a facebook fan & I shared!

  • deb

    homemade quilts

  • deb

    I follow

  • jeni r

    i love my mother-in-laws ham. it is the best

  • deb

    facebook fan

  • http://www.onedayonedollaratatime.blogspot.com Steph

    I think it’s really cute when little kids make gifts with their handprints on them. It’s a great keepsake to look back on when they’re older.

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    E-mail subscriber

  • lisa

    i like to make homemade Carmel corn and add a little red food color and cinnamon to it

  • Aip

    Our family made photobooks at shutterfly.com to share with all of our friends and family this holiday season. Their photo books made it easy to design and print a long lasting treasured gift. Our theme was “us in hats,” and we’d been compiling pictures of our family members in all of the crazy and whacky hats we’d found in stores, on vacation and anywhere we could (even garage sales). If we found a crazy hat, we’d put it on and click a photo with either our digital cameras or cell phones and compiled it into one nice photo book that makes all of us smile and laugh every time we look at it.

  • Heidi

    I have an awesome recipe for glazed cut out sugar cookies that are always a hit!

  • http://www.onedayonedollaratatime.blogspot.com Steph
  • Alison

    I made a tackboard out of used winecorks as a gift. It was cute and practical.

  • http://www.onedayonedollaratatime.blogspot.com Steph

    Following on Twitter and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/1day1dollar/status/6578695773

  • Heidi

    I’m a FB fan now!

  • Angie

    I like making decorated gingerbread men & woman for Christmas treats. They are delicious and fun to make/decorate.

    Angie

  • Faith

    My favorite homemade gift is cookies in a jar. You take your favorite recipe and layer the ingredients in a decorated jar. I love how simple and cute they can be. :)

  • Faith
  • JoAnne

    I always make chocolate covered pretzels for the neighbors. They are easy for the kids to help with and a nice change from the traditional cookies.

  • http://whatacoolidea.blogspot.com stephanie

    i make fudge and cookies and I start my knitting for holiday gifts in August in September to make sure I have enought time.

  • http://whatacoolidea.blogspot.com stephanie

    i’m a facebook fan and I posted about the giveaway:
    http://www.facebook.com/#/profile.php?id=1096391249&ref=mf

  • Jenny Rees

    I like to make homemade pot holders for christmas gifts.

  • Mia

    I’m making homemade gift tags. I print them on label sand voila instant gift labels.

  • loofoo

    I make lavosh and homemade humus.

  • http://www.jayedwards.blogspot.com Emily

    Just today my sister and I made pound cake and pumpkin bread to give as gifts!

  • Sara Anderson

    A couple of years ago I went all out and baked up a bunch of goodies for friends.

  • Linda Kish

    Homemade cookies or fudge

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  • Kenny N

    The best homemade gift is holiday cookies.

  • Sarah

    My favorite homemade gift is pecan pie muffins.

  • Amy

    Homemade hot chocolate

  • Sheila

    Every year the kids and I make up goody plates for the neighbors. The girls favorite thing to do all by themselves is make chocolate covered pretzels.

  • Dawn D

    Trying my hand at homemade gift baskets.

  • http://capellclan.blogspot.com Sheila Capell

    My favorite homemade gift is by far Homemade English Toffee!!

    sheilacapell at hotmail dot com

  • http://capellclan.blogspot.com Sheila Capell

    I’m a fan on facebook and facebooked the giveaway.

    sheilacapell at hotmail dot com

  • http://capellclan.blogspot.com Sheila Capell

    I follow you on twitter and I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/sheilacapell/status/6582770637

    THanks!
    sheilacapell at hotmail dot com

  • staceyk

    spiced nuts in a tin. YUM!

  • Lynn Raimist

    I would love to win the Visa Card – definitely need it to wrap up shopping!

    Favorite homemade gift has to be good old cookies. Nothing beats a nice mix of holiday cookies as a gift for neighbors and others – even the mail man or woman!

  • Lynn Raimist

    I follow your blog via email. thanks!

  • sarah strzelczyk

    Me and my mom always get together to make fudge for those hard to find a gift people

  • Marcia S

    I like giving homed jellie and I also like to give out my baked goods!!!

  • Candace

    I’m making lasagnas to give away this year to a couple teachers and coworkers.

  • Shana

    My favorite homemade gifts are the one’s my son makes. Especially the cards since he is just learning to write

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  • Larisa

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  • Larisa

    Homemade truffles placed in shiny foil mini-cups. Wrap in a nice box and they look as classy as Godiva chocolates!

  • Dawn

    My favorite homemade idea is to by the cone bags and make up flavored cocoas to give as gifts! They are great gifts for this time of year

  • jean

    frozen choc chip cookie dough

  • Carole Spring

    My favorite homemade gift idea is individually wrapped baked loaves of zucchini bread.

  • Carole Spring

    I’m a Facebook fan and I shared about this fantastic giveaway on my Facebook page. What a wonderful contest …. I would so love to win!

  • Carole Spring

    I’m one of your newest Twitter followers and I tweated about this giveaway. I’m in the ‘baby steps’ of learning how to use Twitter, so hopefully I did everything correctly so that I will have a chance at winning the $100 Visa Card. Thanks for offering all of us this opportunity.

  • Heather

    This year, I’m making aprons and cute tote bags for all my female friends/relatives. I love sewing, and these are turning out pretty cute, so it’s a win-win!

  • Trisha

    My aunt always makes us homemade fudge so that is my favorite!

  • Trisha
  • Laura

    I make fudge with 12 oz chocolate chips, 12 oz butterscotch chips, and 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Just as good, but much simpler!

  • Melissa

    We make homemade turtles.

  • Alyssa

    Bath Salts! Easy to make and everyone loves it!

  • Sue D

    Homemade caramel corn is one of my favorites to give.

  • Kristen

    I like to crochet homemade scarves.

  • http://www.savingthosedollars.blogspot.com keli

    tweeted!

  • http://www.savingthosedollars.blogspot.com keli

    fudge is a great gift

  • http://www.savingthosedollars.blogspot.com keli
  • Karen R

    I like to make loaves of mini Pumpkin Bread.

  • Nikki

    Homemade sugar cookies decorated with homemade frosting in a tin. Yum!

  • J. J. Clark

    I like to make all kinds of things homemade liquors, cookies, candies, preserves,vinegars, mustards, paper crafts, bath salts, jewelery and what ever else I can find to make.

  • Darcy

    I’m all about giving away homemade cookies and jelly!

  • Andrea Watts

    I liked to give cookies and treats on Christmas. People appreciate things you make and take the time to do yourself.

  • Andrea Watts

    I am following you on twitter and I tweeted Share your favorite homemade gift idea and enter for a chance to win $100 Visa GC http://bit.ly/5Ys0rj via@commnsensemoney

  • Jen C

    I love to cook, so homemade candy or bread is my favorite easy gift.

  • Andrea Watts

    I am a fan on Facebook and I shared on my page Share your favorite homemade gift idea and enter for a chance to win a $100 Visa GC http://bit.ly/5Ys0rj

  • Lana

    My favorite homemade gift that everybody seems to love is my White Chocolate Chex Mix. Yum!

  • Martina

    I love white chocolate covered pretzels…or fudge.

  • Andrea Watts
  • Gretchen

    My favorite homemade gift isn’t a food item, its the fleece tie blankets.

  • Gayla S

    I wil be baking some homade items for my friends and family

  • Daisy

    This is the first year I have tried homemade gifts–cookies, mixes in a jar, apple butter, decorated memo books. I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I have enjoyed making them!

  • doug

    oatmeal raisin cookies with almond bits

  • Yvonne

    I like to make ritz cracker and peanut butter sandwiches then cover them in almond bark. Mmmmmmm

    Yvonne
    mommy4again@yahoo.com

  • Florence

    cookies!! especially with chocolate bits and nuts.

  • Lori Williams

    I am following you on Twitter and Tweeted the following: Share your favorite homemade gift idea and enter for a chance to win $100 Visa GC http://bit.ly/5Ys0rj via@commnsensemoney” @icalledonjesus

  • Lori Williams

    I love to make all different kinds of cookies/bars and then make plates or tins full of a variety of different cookies or bars and give them as gifts.

  • http://www.contestsandgiveaways.blogspot.com Idaho Jill

    homemade caramels, yummy, thanks!

  • http://www.contestsandgiveaways.blogspot.com Idaho Jill
  • http://www.contestsandgiveaways.blogspot.com Idaho Jill

    facebook fan – Idaho Jill

    shared on facebook, too, thanks!

  • Linda Hall

    I make all kinds of homemade fudge and I love doing it.

  • Giana Devincenzi

    I love cookies!

  • http://cvs-saver.blogspot.com Tanya

    I love making caramels and fudge and putting them in nice decorative tins. Thanks for this great giveaway!!

  • Pam

    Homemade caramel corn. Gone in a flash!

  • Stacey

    My favorite homemade gifts are baking cooking and packaging them nice so my children can help

  • Michelle

    I like making Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread for our friends and neighbors.

  • Kirsten

    I make a large Pumpkin Roll, then cut it in 3 and use that as gifts for friends and neighbors.

  • gina

    fan on facebook

  • Dani McGarry

    I love to give family and friends homemade cookies!

  • Cynthia

    My favorite homemade gift idea is the “Cookie In a Jar”.

  • Dani McGarry

    I am a Facebook Fan of Common Sense with Money! Thank you!

  • Cynthia

    Left a comment!

  • Dani McGarry

    I follow you on twitter and I tweeted! @danimcgarry
    http://twitter.com/danimcgarry/status/6593364086

  • Cynthia

    I tweeted it!

  • Cynthia

    I shared this on my Facebook! Thanks!

  • Ysenia Ramirez

    I love making Mexican Wedding Cookies, they are a tradition every year. My sister, mom and I compete to see who’s tastes the best.

  • Ysenia Ramirez

    I posted it on my Facebook page.

  • Cassie

    We make cookies for neighbors and our local firefighters.

  • Cassie

    I shared on Twitter.

  • Cassie

    I shared on FB.

  • Kristin

    I make chocolate covered pretzels.

  • Kristin

    I posted on facebook.

  • Angela G

    Thumbprint peanut butter cookies with Kisses!

  • Dawn

    Bread (pumpkin or banana) and have my little girl color the gift tags.

  • steph

    we make homemade calendars

  • amy t

    Fudge looks yummy!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amy

    Strawberry banana bread!

  • Susan McConnell

    I make homemade banana breads to give to our neighbors.

  • Kaye

    Last year we made everyone pajama bottoms. Very comfy. My husband helped me make them. It was great to have a project we could work on together.

  • http://couponqueenconfessions.blogspot.com MelissaW

    Banana bread is my favorite homemade gift! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • http://couponqueenconfessions.blogspot.com MelissaW

    Fan on FB!

  • sarah dybash

    We give away chocolate covered pretzels and sticks.

  • http://www.bargains4wahms.com Sandra

    My favorite Holiday Homemade Gift Idea is Homemade Fudge and Cookies.

    I made Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies in 2007 for both my husbands bosses and last year I was sick and didn’t make them and the second in command was wondering where they were! lol His wife LOVED them!

  • DJ Adam

    Give coupons!! Homemade coupons are great. You can make them for babysitting, dogsitting, mail pick up, cleaners pick up, or just HUGS. Use your imagination and also personalise them!!

  • http://www.bargains4wahms.com Sandra

    I am a facebook follower and I just shared this giveaway

  • http://www.bargains4wahms.com Sandra

    I now follow you on twitter and I shared this giveaway on twitter

  • Anouk S

    I love making truffles and giving them away! THey’re usually a hit! :)

  • deb

    my sour cream fudge

  • deb

    I follow on facebook

  • deb

    I subscribe to your email

  • Theresa

    I like to knit mittens for others since I live in San Diego and don’t really wear them much.

  • Crystal W.

    For Christmas last year I bought some inexpensive picture frames and let my kids decorate them and then put their pictures in and gave them to the grandparents for Christmas

  • Crystal W.
  • Daiva

    It’s not exactly home made, but pictures sometimes make great gifts! E.g. if you put them into small frames to be hung on the Christmas tree…

  • Margaret Tanner

    Love Homemade cookies.

  • Susan R

    My two year old daughter and I love to make art projects for the grandparents. :)

  • Jara

    My favorite homemade gift idea is felt play food I saw a post on at Cafemom. They seem like so much fun to make and look good.

  • Michelle

    My kids and I love to make sandart brownies for friends, teachers and family. Everyone loves that they can make their brownies when they want and are always sure to rave about them to the kids.

  • Beverly D

    MY favorite cookies are Chocolate filled snowballs.

  • http://chieffamilyofficer.com Cathy @ Chief Family Officer

    I love giving homemade bath salts because it’s so easy – just mix 9 parts epsom salt with 1 part baking soda, and some drops of essential oil and food coloring to get the desired scent and shade. Thanks for the giveaway, Mercedes!

  • http://chieffamilyofficer.com Cathy @ Chief Family Officer

    And I tweeted the giveaway here.

  • http://chieffamilyofficer.com Cathy @ Chief Family Officer

    Plus I blogged the giveaway here. :D

  • Amber

    This year I’m crocheting hats for my niece and nephew

  • http://whatacoolidea.blogspot.com stephanie
  • Jennifer

    We like to make Cookie Mix in a Jar for teacher gifts. Might decide to make Soup Mix in a Jar this year though.

  • Laura

    I like to give “spa” gift sets with bath salts and massage oils. It’s easy to do since I always have essential oils on hand.

  • Laura

    I tweeted! laurareamsdavis

  • Carol K

    So many choices–homemade apple banana bread, cookies, even a scrapbook calendar for my mil–she loved it!

  • http://www.lynnettekraft.com Lynnette Kraft

    Favorite homemade gift idea…
    A big bag of homemade caramel corn! That’s my favorite thing to give at Christmas. :)

  • http://www.lynnettekraft.com Lynnette Kraft

    I twittered about it too. :)

  • Maria Goodhue

    Favorite homemade gift idea for me is to sew a nice cozy quilt.

  • Brittany

    I love making photo gifts with pictures of my son. Anything from calendars to books!

  • http://www.moneysavinghabits.com Lawanna

    Last year we made homemade bread for teachers — and they loved it. My recipe is here:
    http://moneysavinghabits.com/2009/09/22/back-to-school-lunches-bread/

  • Katherine

    I like to give out an assortment of cookies and marshmellow squared drizzled with chocolate are always a favorite.

  • Carole Spring

    Today on Twitter I tweated again about the $100 Visa Card giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win such a fabulous prize!

  • Sheri

    I make homemade chocolate spoons. Dip plastic spoons into melted chocolate and then use sprinkles, marshmallows, etc. to make them stand out. Wrap in pretty cellophane. These can be used in hot chocolate.

  • Sheri

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  • Sheri

    I shared on facebook

  • Georgette

    my favorite homemade gift is something knitted or crocheted like socks or scarves.

  • http://www.informative1.blogspot.com Winnie

    Homemade cookies is a great gift to give!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  • http://www.informative1.blogspot.com Winnie

    already following on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway
    @faith4eternity

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  • http://www.informative1.blogspot.com Winnie

    already a fan on facebook and shared it with my FB friends/family

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  • http://www.informative1.blogspot.com Winnie

    Shared with my blog readers about this giveaway here at:

    http://informative1.blogspot.com/2009/12/common-sense-with-money-is-giving-away.html

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  • pamela

    i would have to say fudge…i make it every year and had it out. Christmas is the one time of year i don’t feel guilty for eating it.

  • kara

    My favorite homemade gifts come from my MOther in Law. She is very crafty with crotching and knitting. I like to make homemade cookies. I didn’t get a chance this year, because we are in the middle of a move and have very little counter space.

  • http://thewideworldof.blogspot.com/ annalene

    My favorite homemade gift is to make anything good for hanging on the wall or displaying. Right now I really love receiving framed paintings/watercolors/etc, but a simple alternative is to do something in felt or tiles.

  • http://thewideworldof.blogspot.com/ annalene

    posted the giveaway on facebook (name: anna lene)

  • Diana

    I make chocolate covered prezils and wrap them in cute christmas bags.

  • Carole Spring

    I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted again today about this fabulous giveaway.

  • Carole Spring

    I shared this giveaway on my Facebook page again today. Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  • Kim C.

    Each year I make my dad fudge or a cheesecake. Those would also be two of my favorite homemade gifts to receive.

  • Elizabeth

    I scrapbooked calendars with pics of grandchildren for my family members. That fudge looks yummy!!

  • Elizabeth

    I just became a fan on FB and shared with my friends!

  • Joey

    I like making reindeer cookies, fudge, & peanut butter balls & wrap them in pretty celophane to give away.

  • Joey

    I also blogged about this giveaway for my readers

  • Joey

    I also tweeted! :)

  • Drew

    Every year we make calendars for our families with pictures of the previous year’s highlights. They make great keepsakes!

  • Carmen

    My favorite homemade gift to give to people is the caramels I make every year (my in-laws won’t let me in the house without them :)

  • Carmen