Ah it’s that time of year again; the time of giving, looking into your wallet, and finding nothing but old receipts and an imprint of where your fifty used to be. You don’t have to be rolling in the dough to give gifts this holiday season. In fact, there are ways to show you care without burning a hole in your pocket. Homemade gifts can be just as special as gifts purchased at the store, and they are easy to make too, even in bulk. Check out some of these homemade holiday gift ideas:

  1. Amazing oatmeal in a jar: Nothing is better than cozying up to a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on a winter morning, but making sensational oatmeal requires a mix of several ingredients like nuts and dried fruit that not everyone has on hand in their pantry. Here are some oatmeal jar recipes:
      1. Layer oats, brown sugar, raisins, and almond slices.
      2. Layer oats, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, and dried apple slices.
      3. Layer oats, chocolate chips, hazelnuts, and sugar. 

    Oatmeal jar craft

    Image courtesy of Morgan
    meddygarnet on Flickr.

  2. Learn how to make candy cane bath salts here!


3. Make Jersey Knit Bracelets:  Find some jersey knit fabric and follow the tutorial here.

4. Artsy hot cocoa: Create a hot cocoa mix with cocoa mix and marshmellows. Design the container using Wordle. This way you can personalize you gift!