You’ve had a wonderful year (at least I hope you have!), so why not share your success with friends and family? There are lots of great reasons to share the bounty of this year:
- Save money: the biggest cost is your time.
- It’s the perfect gift: everyone loves homemade
- You may inspire others: when they see the wonderful things that come from sustainable, self-reliant living, they may want to try it.
- It’s fun!
Need ideas on what to give? Here are some suggestions:
- Mix in a Jar—combine dried fruits and vegetables from your storage with recipes for bars, cookies, soups or casseroles. Layer the ingredients in a jar, attach a tag with directions and put a pretty ribbon on top.
- Bean Dinner in a Jar—Introduce family and friends to the wonderful meals made with dried beans.
- Crochet or knit something—scarves, hot pads and washclothes are all quick and easy projects. Here are lots of free patterns for crocheting and knitting.
- Canned goods—pickles, relishes, jams and jellies all make perfect Christmas gifts. Add a loaf of homemade bread and you have a winner.
- Home baked goods—show off your baking skills: baking with whole wheat, making and using sourdough, using new grains and flours. (The author is British, but it has lots of good quick and easy and frugal—home-baked gifts.)
Need More Ideas? Try these:
34 great gifts, plus links to more ideas.
From my good friend at The Prudent Homemaker (I have a link to her website on the PHC blog—check it out!) She is making a gift every day, all of them very classy—AND frugal. This is from Day 13, but you’ll want to check out her other great ideas from the previous 12 days.
Try my Christmas Recipe Book for tasty recipes that are perfect for giving.
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, filled with home-made happiness.