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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

Make heartfelt gifts for everyone on your list with these simple, adorable projects.
By Mother Earth Living staff
November/December 2013
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Paper Mojo (papermojo.com) offers a wide selection of beautiful, tree-free, handmade papers that make lovely reusable giftwrap. Decorating with ornaments such as these Mini Snowflakes—made of sustainably harvested Wisconsin wood—from Etsy shop TimberGreenWoods (shop.timbergreenwoods.etsy.com) and bits of nature made for a lovely waste-free gift.
Photo By Thomas Gibson
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Gift-giving shouldn’t be about how much money we spend, but rather about choosing thoughtful gifts our loved ones can use to create a happier, healthier and more beautiful life. Nothing could be more in keeping with the spirit of the season than sitting down to create personalized gifts for each person on our list. We searched our favorite books, blogs and websites to put together this collection of delightful projects for everyone on your list—the modern homemaker, gardener, beauty maven or gourmand.

Homemade Gifts for the Home & Garden

DIY Snow Globe
Cinnamon Stick Wreath
Homemade Dryer Balls
DIY Holiday Swag
Recycled Can Lid Plant Markers

Homemade Health & Beauty Gifts

Rosemary Bath Salts
Homemade Medicinal Tea Blends
Raccoon Eye Pillow
Homemade Pink Lip Tint
Homemade Perfume Oil
Homemade Ginger Chews
Use Essential Oils to Make Homemade Gifts

Homemade Food Gifts

Homemade Herb-Infused Culinary Oils
Spicy Cocktail Nuts
Vegetarian Five-Bean Soup Mix
Basic Spice Rub Recipes
Placemat Aprons for Kids

One More Idea

Need a gift for grandparents, a favorite aunt or a good friend? Consider uploading photos for a personalized calendar. Greenerprinter.com uses recycled papers and lets you upload images, add captions, see a PDF proof and order online, all for $16. Whether it’s photos of the kids in every season or your favorite pics from your girls’ vacation, you can give a year’s worth of memories.








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