Happy Holiday season everyone! It may come as no surprise that this year, I’m focusing on hand making as many gifts as possible for the loved ones in my life. I get a little overwhelmed by the whole shop! shop! shop! mentality, so I’m slowing down and really thinking about what people will appreciate. And while every gift won’t be hand made, I’m focusing on small local businesses, sustainability, and personalization. So, let’s get to it!
WHAT I’D LOVE
Cast Iron Cookware
I’m trying to move toward chemical-free cooking and phasing out my nonstick pans. Bonus points if they’re thrifted and I’m giving someone’s castoffs a new life. I’ve even searched how to reseason them so they’re ready for use!
Reusable Kitchen Gear
I bought a few of these NeatOs reusable snack and sandwich bags, and would love to have some gallon sized ones as well. I’m also looking for reusable baking mats so I can stop wasting aluminum foil.
I’ve been growing my very first garden, and am really excited to start storing my own fresh produce! I already have a water bath kit, but a copper pot for making jams and jellies would be great. And one can never say no to canning jars!
GIFTS FOR MY MR.
A Holstar Beer Holster
My husband loves him some beer, and holsters. He’s also a huge fan of the Chive so I had it personalized and stamped with KCCO in kelly green.
Lately the Mr. has been processing his own meats, and we have a freezer full of wild venison and pork. Yum! He’s been interested in trying out sausage, and the meat grinder attachment worked so well that I’m excited for him to receive this one!
These straight razors are so beautiful, and he’s been really interested in straight shaving. I’m a bit nervous to try and pick something for him since I’ve read that there are different options based on preference. But I think a gift card to a shaving store would be a good solution!
I mentioned above that my husband is an avid hunter, and a good pair of binoculars can be crucial. Not only that, it’s great for watching wildlife in the off season.
GIFTS I’M THINKING OF GETTING MY PARENTS/IN LAWS
I never had much luck with the salt dough recipe, but this cornstarch and baking soda clay recipe works great for handprints and stamped letters. We’re going to make a big batch for all the Christmas trees in the family.
Donations to Charities
My father is a Vietnam veteran, so I’m making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, who help injured veterans with rehabilitation and reintroduction into homeland life. Heifer International is also a great organization, they bring aid to communities by teaching them husbandry and farming.
GIFTS FOR MY KIDDOS
My daughter LIVES for this stuff, but tends to go through it so quickly because she smooshes all the colors together and leaves it out to dry. So instead of buying the packaged stuff, I’m making her a batch of her very own custom dough!
How amazing would it be to have your very own play house shaped like a teepee? I’m planning to build ours without the base using cedar fence posts and pickets so it’s lasting yet chemical-free so it won’t leech into my garden.
I spoiled the surprise a bit by setting it out early, but I built my girls a modern style play table and stools that also works as an end table for our couch. It’s a big hit! We’ve already had tons of Play-Doh dates and tea parties here.
I saw these fun little games and decided to make my own using some fabric scraps. It’s a great stocking stuffer! And if you’re not great at sewing, you could repurpose a deck of playing cards with some pretty scrap paper or family photos and mod podge it on.
Are you making gifts this holiday season? What are you making?