Hi-I normally just lurk, but we're doing lost of homemade gifts this year because of $$ reasons so I thought I'd post.
I second the melt and pour soap idea. This can be done very cheaply-last year I added green tea and oatmeal to glycerin melt and pour and used washed out yogurt cups for molds. If you can swing it www.brambleberry.com
is a great source for fancier molds, scents, etc.
Stenciled Picture Frames-My sister was admiring a picture frame that I painted and stenciled years ago and said it would look great in her living room. I'm kind of attached to it, so I'm making one for her rather than giving up mine
I have tons of acrylic paint and stencils laying around from craft projects over the years, but you could purchase stencils paint and brushes for less than five dollars and do a number of frames (buy basic wooden frames at the $1 store).
Handprint ornaments. We're going to use either salt dough or applesauce-cinnamon dough depending on whichever works best. We'll stamp DDs handprint in the dough, punch a hole in the top, bake or dry the ornament and then attach a ribbon and card that says this (I copied this from a post on another message board so I can't take credit for it)
I miss you when we're not together
I'm growing up so fast
See how big I've gotten
Since you saw me last?
As I grow, I'll change a lot,
The years will fly right by.
You'll wonder how I grew so quick
When and where and why?
Now each year when you trim the tree
You'll look back and recall
My very first Christmas
When my hand was just this small!
Love Ellie 2004
We're also doing calendars for our moms with pics of the grandkids, but I splurged and ordered the calendars from www.exposures.com
and I'll add the pictures myself.
Mama to Eleanor Katherine 8.2.04