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do you make for adults.Most years i make gifts and this year I really need to make gifts because I have no money but I'm running out of ideas.So please inspire me.Tell me your plans.And even if you don't make them but have some fabulous low money ideas I'd love to hear them.Ok,I'd love to hear them even if they're not fabulous.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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I make vodka infusions and limoncello. Last year I made "Bloody Mary" infused vodka and it was a HUGE hit.<br><br>
Note to self: get started this weekend!!
 

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Serious thought here...<br><br>
Sometimes I think I need to do more homemade gifts. But when I think about what I could make, or do, I always have to go buy stuff.<br><br>
One year all I did was make homemade gifts, and I totally spent more on material, supplies, etc... and I could have spent less on just "buying" them something. And the thing about "it's the thought that counts," my family is so not into homemade things. I rather get them a g/c for less then I would have spent on making something. And they do not see food as a gift.<br><br>
Guess I just have a weird family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Serious thought here...<br><br>
Sometimes I think I need to do more homemade gifts. But when I think about what I could make, or do, I always have to go buy stuff.<br><br>
One year all I did was make homemade gifts, and I totally spent more on material, supplies, etc... and I could have spent less on just "buying" them something. And the thing about "it's the thought that counts," my family is so not into homemade things. I rather get them a g/c for less then I would have spent on making something. And they do not see food as a gift.<br><br>
Guess I just have a weird family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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My family is the same. I've tried to save money making thingsbut I can ususally find things on sale or the clearance rack that they would love. Food in my family is also seen as a non-gift. You can adorn the gift w/ food but it is not the gift.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">FOOD! Seriously, bake something yummy. That's what I'm doing this year.</div>
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The year our daughter was born I made my husband bake his famous brownies.He's more of the baker.Maybe I should put him to work again this year.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I make vodka infusions and limoncello. Last year I made "Bloody Mary" infused vodka and it was a HUGE hit.<br><br>
Note to self: get started this weekend!!</div>
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Booze!Both of our families would like that.But how do I do it?Will you share?
 

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Last year, we made no-sew, fleece blankets for everyone. This year, I am knitting scarves.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Last year I made "Bloody Mary" infused vodka and it was a HUGE hit.<br></div>
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any way to get that recipe outa you? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We put nice photos of the kids in frames (which I buy on sale all year) and often have the kids do a craft project. (This is for grandparents - a painted cup from dd is a treasure to them!)<br><br>
I wanted to do lavendar sachets this year but my lavendar never bloomed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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One year I handmade truffles for the whole family.<br>
The other year was pecan/raisin oatmeal cookies.<br>
I have done personalised drawings for people in my family.<br>
Dough art sculpture/wreaths are relatively cheap but time consuming.<br>
A sibling handmade glycerin soap for everyone.<br>
Beanbags for the kids.<br>
You can also make tree branch votive candle holders. I've seen them in pine and birch. Just make sure the branches have been pruned off before winter comes, or in spring the tree will bleed when the sap starts to rise.
 

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Gifts in a jar. I have some recipes for main dishes. I also have been saving all my wine bottles from the year so I can make bud vases out of them.
 

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I made beeswax ornaments one year....they smell so delicious!
 

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Happy to share! It is SO easy- you just needs lots of time in advance of giving.<br><br>
You need 1/2 gallon drinkable vodka (I use absolut) fresh horseradish root, whole peppercorns, a lemon and an fresh ancho chili. This will make approx eight 8 oz bottles or 6 10 oz bottles<br><br>
Pour the vodka into a mason jar and add the spices to taste. Last year I used per mason jar:<br>
4 big hunks of peeled horseradish root<br>
2 TBS of black peppercorns<br>
4lemon rind strips (about 1/2 the lemon and make sure to remove all the white pith which can be very bitter)<br>
a whole chili pepper.<br><br>
let sit in a cool dark place for at least 4 weeks and up to 8 weeks. At the end of the time pour thru a fine mesh sieve and discard spices. Pour into decorative bottles. Cover corks w/ wax and tie w/ ribbon. Give w/ a bottle of really good tomato juice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/drink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="drink"><br><br>
**note this came out VERY spicy so I ended up diluting it w/ fresh vodka. I would rather end up too strong then too weak since you can dilute.<br><br>
I bought bottles last year <a href="http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=11" target="_blank">http://www.specialtybottle.com/index...n=Custom&ID=11</a><br>
If you don't want to buy bottles start buying things in pretty bottles like Saratoga water (you can get corks at lots of craft stores) or Grolsch beer that has those nice flip tops.
 

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I made fudge last year for neighbors, my acupunturist, my midwife. It was a big hit! And so easy too. Cut it into little squares, decorated it with sprinkles, and bought cute little tins and boxes at Target.
 

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HB'sMom, how about the limoncello, are you willing to share that recipe? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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Can do!! This is very time consuming to put together but SO SO worth it!!<br><br>
Start w/ 1/2 gallon vodka and at least 30 large lemons. Ideally the lemons should be organic since they are not treated with wax but regular lemons work too just scrub them very well!<br><br>
Peel the lemons w/ a vegetable peeler and make sure to remove ALL the white pith. You might need to do that w/ sharp paring knife. Don't skip this part because if you do the limoncello will be very bitter.<br><br>
Divide the peels between mason jars and cover w/ vodka. You can not have too many peels so err on the side of more vs less.<br><br>
Store in a cool dark place for at least 6 weeks and up to 12.<br><br>
After time is up drain vodka thru a fine mesh sieve and discard lemon peels. The vodka should be a gorgeous yellow color!<br><br>
Make simple syrup (boil 1 part water w/ 2 parts sugar until sugar is fully dissolved.)<br><br>
The amount of simple syrup is based on personal preference. I prefer my limoncello not too sweet. I use 1 part simple syrup to 4 parts vodka. However traditional limoncello is pretty sweet so if you want that use 2 parts simple syrup to 2 parts vodka.<br><br>
Again, pour into pretty bottles top w/ wax and tie w/ a ribbon. Clear glass is best to show the color and green wax makes a really nice contrast.<br><br>
oh- you will have lots of lemons left over. I squeeze the juice and freeze in ice cube trays. Once frozen I pop out and store in zip lock bags. Good for adding to recipes when you just need a little. Or drop a cube in hot water and honey whee you have a sore throat.
 

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I've made, dough ornaments of everyone's family (funny), fudge, mixes in jars (cookie, hot chocolate, etc) and I make the grandmas a calander on snapfish. The kids made the gmas magnets last year, we made tiny pictures of them on the computer, then glued them to the back of the clear/ flat marble (like for flower arrangeing or fish bowls) and a magnet on that. They were very cute. I made the gmas aprons one year, scanned in the kids art work, printed it on iron-on paper and put in on plan canvas aprons. They were cua with a 2 yo and 10 year old boy, the aprons were covered in monsters and scribbles.
 

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HollyBearsMom,thanks for the recipies!!<br><br>
And It's great to hear all the other things people make.I've been making presents for the same people for most of my life.It's getting hard to come up with new ideas.But also I think I was feeling a little defeated about the whole thing for some reason.I don't know why because I love to make stuff and I love to recieve home made gifts.It just doesn't seem like anyone does it anymore.But hearing about all your great presents has given me new inspiration.Thank you!<br><br>
And please keep em coming!Even if they're not homemade but creative and inexpensive.<br><br>
P.S.Any good ideas for my brother?He's 38 and single.He really loves being an uncle but doesn't get to spend much time with my daughter.For his birthday she made him a painting on canvas and he really seemed to like that.So,I would like to do something relating to her.Last year I gave out some picture calendars of her so I feel a little cheesy doing that this year for him.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">P.S.Any good ideas for my brother?He's 38 and single.He really loves being an uncle but doesn't get to spend much time with my daughter.For his birthday she made him a painting on canvas and he really seemed to like that.So,I would like to do something relating to her.Last year I gave out some picture calendars of her so I feel a little cheesy doing that this year for him.</div>
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I love the idea of art work!! If he lives close enough you could do this: Last year we bought tickets to a kids show for my son's godmother. She loved spending time w/ him and we had no idea what to get for a gift. So we gave her the tickets and let them plan a day out together. They ended up having a blast. You can also do it on the cheap by making him a gift certificate for a "free picnic on the park" where your provide the lunch, treats etc and let them have an outing.
 
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