I realized the other day that while, yes, it’s only December 8, I have very few Christmas gifts planned, and ordering pictures of Beck and buying a bunch of frames at TJ Maxx can only work for so many people so many times, you know?
I love DIY Christmas gifts and try to do them when I can. Sometimes it works, sometimes ain’t nobody got time for that. Here are some of my favorites! They include varying degrees of cost and difficulty, but are all pretty lovely and thoughtful, if I do say so myself.
Also there’s nothing wrong with pictures of cute kids in frames, that’s for damn sure.
- One of my absolute go-tos is a casserole of some sort in a dish that serves as the gift. This Le Creuset covered baking dish is one of my favorite pieces of kitchen equipment, and baked ziti or chicken spaghetti would go wonderfully in it.
- If you feel like a project, canned marinara paired with some fancy pasta or olive oil is fun and you can make a big batch and give it to lots of people.
- For a baby (and if you’ve got some spare time), you could make a mobile like we did for Beck’s room. It’s not hard at all, just takes some patience.
- In a non-gift of food, the body scrub that I made last year was a big hit, and isn’t expensive or hard at all to make.
- Snack mix, obviously, or any kind of snacky thing in a nice jar or plate that can be reused.
- For quick + easy, fudge is wonderful for this time of year. Peppermint pattie fudge for me, please. 2 ingredients!
- An oldie but goodie, blackening seasoning is a great gift and doesn’t have to be used right away. We did this in teeny jars for our wedding favors!