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  1. 10 Homemade Gift Ideas

    November 22, 2010 by Jill

    If you’re looking to get your family something special this year without spending a huge chunk of money, consider making them delicious food gifts. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    • Martha Stewart’s website has a ton of great ideas on homemade food gifts. A few of my favorite selections are the caramel-almond popcorn and the brandied pears.
    • Just about everyone loves fudge an a cute tin filled with this great German chocolate fudge recipe will surely bring some smiles.
    • Canning is always a good call. You can make some unique jams your family can’t find in stores, like this guava jam recipe. Pumpkin butter is also a great gift. And so is lemon curd.
    • Pickling is also a good call, particularly if it involves foods directly from your garden. This pickled tomato recipe sounds great and doesn’t require processing in a canner.
    • While most Americans are wary of munching down citrus peels, a bit of these candied citrus peels will quickly change their mind, particularly if it is also filled with these beautiful candied orange slices.
    • For something beautiful and incredibly simple, try combining honey, dried fruit and nuts in a clear jar.
    • Food mixes allow you to give the recipient something they can make themselves without much effort. As a bonus, it’s easy to make these look fun and festive.
    • For those crafty enough, homemade stuffed animals are great gifts for kids and women alike.
    • Homemade perfume is a unique gift that won’t soon be forgotten.
    • A homemade fleece blanket can be customized to match the living room it was made to adorn or the personality of the gift recipient.

    Remember, you can always give a variety of these gifts as well and just put them together in a nice gift basket.


  2. 15 Cheap Father’s Day Gifts

    June 11, 2008 by Jill

    I love this list from BankRate, it has 15 great ideas for cheap Father’s Day presents. I have done a few of these in the past and it worked great.

    One year, I made my dad a card, wrote & printed a story of his life (check out Rue The Day on Sunday to read it) and made him a memorabilia book with all of my old family photos. He literally cried -which is not something my dad does, ever. It was a very cool and special Father’s Day and it ended up costing me $3 for the photo album.

    A few other successful gifts I gave him were a hand-made ice cream cake, home-made pie and a home cooked meal with my sister.

    What have you done to give your dad a great Father’s Day at little to no cost?

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