Thinking beyond traditional homemade gifts

Thinking beyond traditional homemade gifts

As budgets get tighter, giving homemade gifts for Christmas has become more popular. With Pinterest peaking in popularity this year, the trend is only likely to continue. However, homemade gifts, especially in the form of baked goods and candies are not always welcome.

When giving homemade gifts, think beyond the traditional cookies, fudge, Chex mix and homemade hot cocoa. These gifts often do not last and many people end up guiltily throwing them away after filling themselves on all of their other holiday favorites. Instead of making something perishable, think about doing something different. If you plan in advance, can vegetables from your summer garden or make homemade pickles or salsa to give as a gift. If that’s not an option, make a special baked goods mix, sauce or special dry mix.

Homemade gifts do not have to be edible either. Instead of making food, try making a homemade ornament and personalizing it with the name of the recipient, make a special holiday sign or handwrite a special quote or poem and put it in a frame. These gifts may be appreciated more than food because they offer a more personalized feel.

Whatever you give, keep the person you’re giving a gift to in mind. People who barely know you may not appreciate a homemade gift, especially if it’s food, as much as those close to you. You may also want to switch up what you give, opting to make a few different homemade items to show that some thought went into your gift-giving.