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post #21 of 603
This thread was a great inspiration to me last year!Caiesmommy,glad you started one for this year!I really haven't been making stuff lately and it's been sad.

Anyway I think my too long of a list is going to get a little bit shorter this year.Last year right before Christmas my mother decided we should do some sort of grab bag with the extended family.I had already made them all presents so it was too late for me but I think this year that's what will happen.I like the felted soaps for that...hmmm?

Can't wait to hear everyone's great ideas!
post #22 of 603

Oh forgot... my list and links!

Husband-(finished)

Daughter(6)- sketch book carrying case(finished)from me and her santa gifts will be bought because she's too observant and will know if I make them.

Mom-fabric bucket(finished)filled with art supplies(what she requested)and I bought her an inexpensive glass door because she loves to paint on glass.

Stepfather-oven mitt(finished) a cork board made from wine corks(finished)

Sister-fingerprint(her son's) necklace(finished) and a pretty dry erase marker board(finished)

BIL-etched beer glasses(finished)

Nephew(will be 19 months)- bean bags in a bucket(finished) and travel toy(finished)

Brother-wool felted slippers(finished)

Grab bag-lap blanket(finished)table runner(finished)and napkins in napkin rings(finished)

MIL-fabric bucket(finished) and knitting needles and my husband wants to buy her a cubs t-shirt.

Uncle-food,tea towel decorated by my daughter(finished), and oven mitt(finished)

Uncle-We'll plan an outing for him.(downtown to see the windows?)

Family Friend Woman-fabric bucket(finished) with yarn

FF Man- tea towel decorated by my daughter(finished)and an oven mitt(finished)

FF(14 yr old boy)-scarf(finished)

FF(11 yr old girl)-doughnut pillow(finished)

FF Man -  tea towel decorated by my daughter(finished) and oven mitt (finished)

FF(6 yr old girl)-sketch book carrying case(finished)

Cousin(will be 4yrs)-car travel toy(finished)

 

Friends(a couple)- blanket(finished)

Neighbor-oven mitt (finished)and cookies(finished)


And links!Here is a great place to get ideas from(I linked to them last year but I see new folks here so here they are again).

Here are some pics of the gifts I gave last year and the year before.And so far for this year.


And my daughter's making list because I need to keep track of that too.

Daddy-T-shirt with her footprints.She's made him one every year since she was born.(finished)Tea towel(finished)

Grandma-paint a bird house(finished)

Uncle-snowflake/star ornaments(finished)

Nani- painted window(finished)

 

Uncle-decorated mug(finished)

Titi- scarf(finished)

 

Uncle-tea towel(finished)

Cousin- lion pillow(finished)


Family friends-ornament(finished)

Aunty and Uncle-painted bird house(finished)

3 cousins-felted soaps(finished)

Aunty-ornaments(finished)

 

 

Neighbor-tea towel (finished)and cookies(finished)

 

Friends- decorated mirror(finished)


Edited by rere - 12/23/10 at 10:23am
post #23 of 603
I just went to Hobby Lobby and bought a bunch of x-stitch stuff!

Hey, it's a start.
post #24 of 603
i was cleaning my craft room and came across several (blank) barrettes, which instead of putting away i just made up real quick. i did make a couple for me, but also a couple which i deposited in the gift basket, for my niece (who will get more than just that) and a little girl friend (who hopefully will, too)....i think that is kinda how i am gonna focus this right now; just work on using my (way too big) stash and building a FO pile for december. so thanks to this thread, there are already a few things in there i bet there will be more fo's in that basket soon, too.
post #25 of 603
Every year my list gets shorter and shorter. This year will be no different. Its no longer a shock to my family that if they get anything its homemade. I'm decluttering, downsizing, have no money (i can go on and on) plus the economy is in the toilet here.

I have a number of x-stitch kits I purchased and tons of yarn. So either a x-stitch item or a crocheted item it will be *IF* anything for relatives. DS is always the priority.
post #26 of 603
I made pineapple jelly this morning and am adding to my jam/jelly collection for gift giving.

Also, I will start on my nephew's holiday scarf this evening.

It feels great -- and it's only May!!!
post #27 of 603
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Every year my list gets shorter and shorter. This year will be no different. Its no longer a shock to my family that if they get anything its homemade. I'm decluttering, downsizing, have no money (i can go on and on) plus the economy is in the toilet here.

I have a number of x-stitch kits I purchased and tons of yarn. So either a x-stitch item or a crocheted item it will be *IF* anything for relatives. DS is always the priority.

Something about the juxtaposition here reminded me of this, now here's a gift idea LOL http://www.etsy.com/search_results.p...dmade&ref=auto
post #28 of 603
Ok This has inspired me, I went on Ravelry looking for ideas to knit.

DS1: knit puppets (zebra, panda, frog, if I can design them pigs and wolf?), mittens
DS2: knit or felt toy balls, mittens
Aunt, Uncle, 8 cousins, 2 brothers, sister in law: Hats in 5 styles
Grandma: knit shawl
Handmade soap for several of those households
Leather games that I already made for several too
MIL: Leather purse by DH

Friend: nice apron
Several other friends: homemade candies (peppermint bark, toffee, truffles)

DH: he wants a PS3, can't knit that
post #29 of 603
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I made pineapple jelly this morning and am adding to my jam/jelly collection for gift giving.
Mmmmmm...sounds good!
post #30 of 603
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Mmmmmm...sounds good!
It's delicious and super easy to make. If anyone's interested it's from Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda Amendt.

Love this thread!
post #31 of 603
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Im glad everyone is getting some inspiration! I've started putting out the feelers to see what everyone wants. My one aunt asked for socks...and even picked out the yarn lol. After I finish the pair I've got going for FIL's fathers day gift then I'll start up hers.

I've also decided to do a quite a few crayon rolls for the ton of kids I have on my list using up some of the fabric scraps I have
post #32 of 603
this is a good place to make my list; as no one will find it as a doc on this computer or a list in a notebook, and now is the time, as i am cleaning my sewing room and organizing my stash today.

My Christmas List 2010 (in progress....i'll come back to add my ideas for folks)

DS (will be 20 mo)- car cozy roll- DONE
fat crayon roll- DONE
felt food and (woven felt)picnic basket
I Spy quilt.....
TeePee
kite
DS (will be nearly 9 yo)- stocking:felted wool balls; slippers; hat; harry potter scarf; stuffed dog; jammies; kite........

DP: long knit hat in earth/sky yarn i bought for him
beer patchwork (i have done some of these blocks already)
silk tie made from silk print shirt in stash
stocking: 2 mermaid print hankies
"gig" bag
Mom- knit shrug?
Dad- dive flag patchwork cd wallet (DONE)....also, salsa, pepper sauce, dried peppers
Sis J-picnic fabric casserole caddy- need to find a casserole dish cheap at the thrift store- fill with bags of dried herbs/ peppers....etc...; 2 dish scrubbers; christmas napkins
b-i-l- handkerchiefs?
nephew 10yo- handkerchiefs? AND
nephew 9 yo- handkerchiefs? AND
niece 8 yo- i would like to make her a purse
nephew 4 yo- lego bag DONE
Sis R- John Deere casserole caddy- DONE; need to thrift cass. dish to go inside
?bag made from brown/ green/ pinks circles fabric
b-i-l- John Deere oven mitt -DONE
nephew 2yo- fat crayon roll- DONE
M-I-L- casserole caddy; wallet and maybe bag loom knit from yarn i picked for her
maybe a knit grocery bag holder, too
F-I-L - zipper bag made from a print shirt with guitars that is in my stash- DONE handkerchiefs
S-i-l K- Folklore bag- DONE; quilted sunglasses case- DONE
b-i-l - handkerchiefs
s-i-l J- Folklore bag- DONE; Purple dish scrubbers- DONE
s-i-l dp- Mermaid oven mitt- DONE
dp's aunt/uncle- kitchen gifts
dp's cousins (couple)- kitchen gifts (salsa, pesto...)
dp cousin W (5yo)- colored pencil roll- DONE
dp cuz L (about 9 mo old)
dp aunt C- casserole caddy?
...
grandma gg- "Irish Lass" beret hat using pinks/moss/cream cotton yarn
grandpa Hi-
Aunt A
Uncle W
cuz G (18 yo boy)
cuz A )16 yo boy)
Aunt J- matching bag and gloves (and maybe hat) from the book "making vintage accesories"....
cuz R (20 yo girl)-
Aunt B- making her a christmas tree skirt for her early gift....need to get this fabric soon.....
Uncle T-
cuz A (teen girl) - wristlet bag DONE
cuz J (tween boy)
Gran- bookmark
great grandmother-
another grandpa + wife- kitchen gifts
Aunt J-
uncle p-
Aunt LA-
Uncle D-
Aunt T-
Uncle B-
Aunt N-
Uncle J-
Neighbors- casserole caddy and hot dish?
neighbors-
neighbor boy Z- Spider Man pencil roll DONE
friend D
friend V- make up bag DONE
friend S (girl 7 yo)-
friend L- 4 yo girl
friend W- kitchen/garden gifts
friend A (tween girl)-
post #33 of 603
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It's delicious and super easy to make. If anyone's interested it's from Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda Amendt.

Love this thread!
Thanks!


Ok,I'm working on stuff for my nephew's birthday(a pinata and a farm bag with puppets)and then I swear I'm getting started.I don't know on what but I AM getting started.Really!
post #34 of 603
I think a bunch of the guys on my list are going to get food and pot holders(they all cook).So what are some of your favorite food gifts to give?
post #35 of 603
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I think a bunch of the guys on my list are going to get food and pot holders(they all cook).So what are some of your favorite food gifts to give?
I make HUGE batches of truffles every year. Who doesn't like chocolate
post #36 of 603
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I make HUGE batches of truffles every year. Who doesn't like chocolate
Mmmmmm....

I'm having 3 books on canning sent to my library so hopefully I'll be able to add that type of stuff to my list.
post #37 of 603
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I think a bunch of the guys on my list are going to get food and pot holders(they all cook).So what are some of your favorite food gifts to give?
if they do cook, I'd go dried spice blends.

Jaime Oliver did a chili salt on his show one day and OMG! I lost it! I just thought of all the yummy things I could sprinkle chili salt on LOL I plan on making it for dh and some family with the chilis I dry from the garden this year.
Here's the Jaime Oliver forum talking about it
http://www.jamieoliver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=29225

You could also do just regular dried herb blends from whatever you grow this year. I like drying them in the dehydrator..I think they taste better lol.


OR a jar of homemade pasta sauce with a bag of unique pasta, dried herbs and a bulb of garlic...or homemade dried garlic
post #38 of 603
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if they do cook, I'd go dried spice blends.

Jaime Oliver did a chili salt on his show one day and OMG! I lost it! I just thought of all the yummy things I could sprinkle chili salt on LOL I plan on making it for dh and some family with the chilis I dry from the garden this year.
Here's the Jaime Oliver forum talking about it
http://www.jamieoliver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=29225

You could also do just regular dried herb blends from whatever you grow this year. I like drying them in the dehydrator..I think they taste better lol.


OR a jar of homemade pasta sauce with a bag of unique pasta, dried herbs and a bulb of garlic...or homemade dried garlic
Thanks!The chili salt will be great for 3 of the guys on my list!

I have plans for tomato sauce but hadn't really thought about putting garlic and herbs with it.

Ok so now I need to start growing some gifts!

Oh p.s. How cute is Jamie Oliver???
post #39 of 603
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Thanks!The chili salt will be great for 3 of the guys on my list!

I have plans for tomato sauce but hadn't really thought about putting garlic and herbs with it.

Ok so now I need to start growing some gifts!

Oh p.s. How cute is Jamie Oliver???

Don't EVEN get me started
post #40 of 603
We make calendars for most family members every year. They've been a big hit. This year, I may add in some jams and some knit items. I'm surrently knitting a scarf for DD.
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