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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:11 AM

How many DU'ers gave or recieved homemade Christmas gifts this year?

Informal poll.

On my wife's side of the family, we gave entirely homemade gifts this year; it was wonderful.

I recieved two jars of moonshine, some butter a new inlayed cutting block.

We gave personalized coat racks made from antique spoons attached to a reclaimed barn wood backing for hanging.

My father's side we tend to give more 'consumer'-typical gifts, however we still gave a few of our own handmade gifts; mostly photography and jewelry...

This is what sparked this interest: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014348066

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Reply How many DU'ers gave or recieved homemade Christmas gifts this year? (Original post)
Earth_First Dec 2012 OP
LP2K12 Dec 2012 #1
Frustratedlady Dec 2012 #2
Earth_First Dec 2012 #5
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #3
KansDem Dec 2012 #4
LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #6
kentauros Dec 2012 #7
liberal_at_heart Dec 2012 #8
Phentex Dec 2012 #9
laundry_queen Dec 2012 #10
otohara Dec 2012 #11
Viva_La_Revolution Dec 2012 #12
MindPilot Dec 2012 #13
MissB Dec 2012 #14
renie408 Dec 2012 #15

Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:12 AM

1. We did...

My wife took photos of the kids which I then made frames for by hand. We gave those to the grandparents.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:20 AM

2. Our crazy gift exchange we have each year was homemade gifts...

We had some great gift ideas. I was proud of them all.

With so many young couples and college kids, it was a money saver. Most of the older people don't need anything and don't want doodads to dust around, so it worked out perfectly.

There is more talent in the family than I realized.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:26 AM

5. That's what we found...

They talent level in our family is incredible!

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:22 AM

3. Sounds like great gifts. I usually get homebaked cookies from 1 friend

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:26 AM

4. My daughter made me Guinness-based barbecue sauce!

What a surprise!

We're going to try it for dinner later this week. She's a vegetarian so I'm thinking we'll have some some kind of veggie meat with the sauce!


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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:40 AM

6. I gave my daughters something homemade

Each got a small bottle of sandalwood scented cuticle oil. I combined jojoba oil and vitamin E oil from Trader Joe's with a bit of sandalwood essential oil. It softens cuticles and is good for nails.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:48 AM

7. I'm another one! :)

Below is a how-to thread I did a few years ago for the biscotti cookies I give every year (been doing this for at least ten years, or maybe fifteen.) I don't receive a lot of home-made gifts, but I do enjoy giving the food gifts. Last year I had the time (being unemployed) to also make chocolate truffles

Biscotti in Pictures! (dial-up warning)

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:51 AM

8. never been good at making crafts

My daughter is though and she tends to give homemade gifts.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:16 AM

9. I made bacon jam for some gifts...

but we still did the traditional kind for most. We used to do more home made gifts than we do now and we decided we need to aim for that next year.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:33 AM

10. I used to do this all the time

When I was a stay at home mom and did a lot of knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, sewing, baking I used to give homemade gifts all the time.

Now, I'm a single mom who is in school full time and just don't have time to craft anymore, but I did buy a few gifts off of Etsy. I did received some baked goods as a gift

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:42 AM

11. I Made Magnesium Cream

for a few people with aches/pains and my MIL in Japan who has terrible osteoporosis.
It's amazing stuff.

Only bought our son a couple of much needed items - shoes and a new pair of pants.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:57 AM

12. Me, I learned to can this year!

Plum preserves made from our 25 yr old Damson trees
Watermelon Jelly
Pickled Watermelon Rinds (DIVINE)
Blueberry Ketchup

Banana Bread, Lemon Dreams and Ginger Nuts went in the goodie bags too.

Far more satisfying to me than buying gifts

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:08 PM

13. I made a bread box for my girlfriend

From reclaimed lumber; the only direct expense was about 25 bucks for some really nice lacquer to make it shine.

It ended up being pretty cool. The door opens out with a convenient cutting board.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:10 PM

14. I made consumable stuff.

Vanilla (started this summer)
Toffee
Jam (3 kinds)
Pickles
Pickled asparagus

We did a bit of traditional shopping for the kids and for each other, but this was really the first year that we pulled back for everyone else. I don't really like shopping. The adults in our family have plenty, so things that can be consumed seemed like the way to go.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:11 PM

15. We did.

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