Please note that I have changed from inlinkz to Mr. Linky because inlinkz is being a HUGE pain!!!!!! So do you make your gifts or buy the? Honestly these days some things just can’t be made time or money wise, at least not efficiently. But, when possible I make gifts just to let others know I was thinking of them and cared enough to do it myself.  I especially love when I can make a little something to surprise a friend with, especially emphasizing the word surprise.Over the years I have made everything, and I do mean everything at one time or another to create a handmade Christmas. I’ve made rolls and rolls of butcher paper into wrapping paper, cut grocery bags into handmade tags, made enough fudge, candies and cookies to feed a small country, as well as jams, jellies, soup mixes and Snowman soup!

My award winning jams were requested one year at the Church Christmas Boutique and I ended up selling them every year for another 10 years before we moved.  Now I make just enough as gifts for neighbors and family.  I started making Snowman Soup about 20 years ago for the girl scouts and it was a HUGE seller at our gift wrap days and later for the Church Boutique.

For the things I didn’t make myself, I at least bought from local crafters.
As for receiving, I love ANYTHING handmade.  I’m a BIG believer that it’s the thought that counts and that caring action ALWAYS touches my heart though I’m partial to cotton crocheted dishcloths, my brothers photographs, my mom’s quilted totes and ANYTHING food.


Rebecca Knox

Tamy, I finally found your list and actually posted in alignment with today’s category, but I can’t find the button to link my post to yours. Just letting you know and will check back later. 🙂

Rebecca Knox

I do both. Like you, I love to make the homemade jellies and jams and give those as Christmas gifts to just about everybody. I also gift the latest Missouri Department of Conservation Nature Calendar to all of our children and their families and I like to gift the neighbors with trays of homemade cookies and candies, as well. My plan for next year is to step the handmade gifts and utilize thrift store finds. Thanks for doing this link-up, Tamy. I wish I would have gotten your list and kept up with you from the beginning.

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