Quick & Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Gifts for Everyone on Your List

This year we decided we were going to make homemae gifts for Christmas.. This might sound intimidating at first. I can hear the groans.. ” But I don’t have the time!”. I think you do and will find the time.

Here is a short list of things anyone can make in a very small period of time.

1. A gift basket ( one can purchase cheaply at any Dollarstore), one can include things you might already have in your home, such as homemade jams, herbs you grew over the summer, popcorn, muffins, brownies, homemade cookies, teas, or chocolates, even plants!  Ever get a banana bread in a jar?

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2. Tins of popcorn: I am sure, we have a seen those tins at the Big Box Stores that sell anywhere from $8.00 to $10.00.

3. If you are a crafter, why not make homemade earrings, broaches or bracelets for the ladies on your list.  If you crochet, make some doilies or make quilts, why not make a pillow sham or tablecloth for a gift using material leftover from another project.  Even better why not make a picture frame or tissue holder box cover.  How about a homemade Christmas ornament?  If anyone makes candles, there is another option, scented candles in a variety of scents.  Gloves, socks or slippers that are knitted or crocheted will certainly be appreciated on those cold winter nights.

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4. The ladies on your list would love some bath bombs or as they are often called bath snowballs.  There are a variety of sites that contain directions on how to make these.  Homemade bubble bath or bath oil made from any leftover herbs would be a great gift.

5.  These ones are for the men.  Homemade BBQ sauces are easy to make and take me on average about 5 minutess to prepare.   Those of you with wine and beer kits why not put those to good use and give those as presents.  You can personalize the labels for each person on your list.

6.  What about the animals?   I found several recipes for organic cat and dog treats that only require time to mix and bake. Dog and cat toys are quite easy to make.  Use organic catnip for the cat toys and honeysuckle for the dog toys.  Cakes appear to be the latest trend for our pets.  The internet has a great deal of information on these, just ensure the ingredients are safe for your animals. Getting back to the knitter and crafters, a dog sweater or collar for your dog buds is a good idea.  Dog beds or cat beds can be given as gifts as well if one has the materials to do so.

7. Yes, we cannot forget the kids: popcorn, cookies and chocolates will certainly be appreciated but in moderation.

8. The picky one on your gift list.  We all have one of those, don’t we?  Make them a homemade Christmas card or make them a caramel dip for apples.  Maybe the wine might be best with this one.  If all else fails chocolate gets them almost every time.

Some other ideas include:  Homemade journals or photo albums can be quick projects for gift making

Have fun 🙂

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Lessons My Dog Taught Me About Life

Are you a dog lover? I know, I am.  I love cats too.

Animals of all kinds can bring us so much joy, not only when things are going well, but also when we feel pain and are suffering.

Man’s best friend” can be our true and faithful companions through thick and thin. We look to our pets when we are ready to play and laugh, and they instinctively know when we need their support.

We all have struggles and challenges in our life, and it’s during those times that our pets can really come in handy to help us find our joy.

As I watch my dog Molly  go through her day, I realize the lessons are really right there in front of me if I care to pay attention.

Here are some of the ways I can be the person my dog wants me to be, and be the person I want to be as well. I know that whatever life brings me, joy is still always there for the taking.

Live for now

We can spend time regretting the past and obsessing about the future but I have learned that the solution will not be found that way. Spinning my wheels thinking about things that I cannot change is not productive.

Dogs live for today—and so can we. We can appreciate every moment as it comes and be grateful for what we have. Like all animals, when we live in the present, we can have more enthusiasm, joy for life, and less worry.

Forgive

When you study animal packs, there is rarely a conflict, as the members of the pack solve their problems and move on. They don’t hold a grudge or worry about what happened yesterday.  I can easily forgive an animal or a child but adults can be tricky.

Forgiveness gives us back our power, as we regain a sense of wholeness, peace, and the ability to move on with our lives.

Trust your Intuition

Many of us have not developed or have lost touch with our intuition. We listen to words, but neglect our inner feelings. We may feel uneasy about a certain situation, but neglect what our body is telling us.

Dogs understand what is going on beneath the surface, as they are led by their instincts and rely on their gut reactions. We have these clues as well.  Use your intuition and it will guide you to a life of peace and serenity.

 Find balance.

When any of us have a traumatic situation, we can get off track and spend too much time focused on the situation, neglecting the other areas of our life. I have, at times spent too much time worrying about the problems of others. I’ve learned that we shortchange not only ourselves, but those around us.

Notice how well a dog does when their life is balanced.  Dogs need their exercise, a dose of love, and structure to their daily routine, and so do we.   When we achieve balance, the stress fades to the background and we enjoy life that much more.

 Find your purpose

Have you ever wondered why you were placed here on earth? Sometimes we lose our way and are not sure about our true purpose. The same is true for dogs.

When dogs are given a job and contribute in some way to the well being of others they feel a sense of satisfaction. As humans, we need to find our purpose as well. When we take the time to discover our purpose in life, we feel more fulfilled, and our life feels more meaningful.

 Make every day special.

Sometimes we can let days go by and get swallowed up in our routine. Every day is the same and our excitement is lacking.

Have you ever noticed how a dog finds everyday life exciting? They can’t wait to eat, go for their walk, see you come home, or greet a visitor. We can learn so much by observing how our pets have enthusiasm for the simple joys of everyday life.

Everyday can be special for us as well.  When we take the time to look, we may find our joy is still there waiting to be rediscovered.