Tuesday, December 16, 2008

homemade gifts

Christmas is just around the corner. The economy is kind of sucky, but you still want to give your friends something small.

How about something homemade?

I recently gave away some homemade vanilla extract and some taco spices.

If you haven't made vanilla extract before, it is really easy. (Maybe you could try this for next Christmas?)

And the taco spices are a nice combination of different spices, beats the pre-packaged stuff!

Just put into small jam jars, wrap up, attach a card...you're good to go!

27 comments:

Rowena said...

I think with the economy being the way it is, and probably for some time into the future, homemade gifts will become the new rage. I prefer them way more than something flashy and new, but this trait could be due to my age. I get enough "junk" and appreciate receiving da love mo' bettah!

Esi said...

So many people are doing homemade gifts this year and I think it is an excellent idea!

Sarah said...

Wow! I am really going to try and make my own vanilla extract. It is so expensive to buy it. Thanks for the idea. ^^

ilingc said...

Ahh, very cute jars and great gift ideas. Wish I was as organised like you are.

Two years ago I made up some nice giveaways of choc biscottis, choc truffles and some pistachio bikkies. Last year, I made nothing because I just moved to London and didn't have all my equipment with me.
This year, well.. I wAS thinking of making something.. if only I wasn't still ill with this miserable cough/flu. I guess I will just have to give this year another miss..

I can't believe it's christmas next week!

Phoebe said...

aww the little bottles are so cute! For the vanilla, the pods would have to be left in there? Do you have to cut it open for the seeds and essence to mix with the vodka?

K and S said...

Yeah, me too, I get too much junks around, Rowena :)

Thanks Esi :)

Once you try making it Sarah, you may never buy it again :)

Oh no, Ilingc, I hope you feel better soon!

Phoebe, I've documented the process throughout my blog, please check it out. Yes, you need to cut the pods and then soak them in the vodka.

Take care everyone.
Kat

Lynne said...

I think it is a splendid idea. There are so many "home made" items one can make that bring love and sentiment!

K and S said...

Thanks Lynne :)

Take care.
Kat

Jenster said...

What great gift ideas? I love homemade gifts even more than purchased ones.

And speaking of gifts, I just sent you an e-mail with my mailing address so I can collect my prize! I thought I sent you my info a few days ago but now I realize I mistyped your e-mail address. My apologies and thanks again!

K and S said...

whew...was getting a bit worried there Jenster, thinking you may not want the box?? I'll check my email now :)

Take care.
Kat

2kamuela47 said...

Cool! Yes I am giving more home made gifts this year aside from the occasional gift cards. I'll be baking baking this year from cookies, banana bread, fudge, etc. Mele Kalikimaka a me Hauoli Makahiki Hou! God Bless, Laura

K and S said...

Thank you for your Christmas card this year Laura :) It is always nice to hear what you've been up to.

Take care and enjoy the season!
Kat

Lori said...

I think this is a great idea! I always love getting these kinds of homemade food gifts! :)

K and S said...

Thanks Lori :) I hope you get a lot of these type of gifts this year!

Take care.
Kat

Pandabonium said...

Great ideas. I'll book mark this post for next year. :p

PS - I found my notebook and added our dinner menu to our latest Hiroshima post. It was ono.

K and S said...

Thanks PB, I hope you like them both :)

Will check out your blog to see what yummy things you had in Hiroshima!

Take care.
Kat

SteamyKitchen said...

omg those jars are SOOOO cute! can't find cuteness like that here in our stores (boo)

MC said...

I made cookies, Oreo truffles and grapefruit marmalade for my coworkers this Christmas!

I wish I could find those little jars you have! They're too cute! Great size!

K and S said...

Thanks Jaden, I actually received some jellies/jams from France and re-used the jars.

Thanks MC, the oreo truffles and marmalade sound delicious!

Take care you two.
Kat

Fuji Mama said...

Ooooh, such a cool idea! And I LOVE those little jars!

K and S said...

Thanks Fuji Mama! I'm glad I found a use for these tiny jars :)

Take care.
Kat

Debinhawaii said...

Love the jars, I am taking some home made lilikoi curd and some matcha tea salt to Portland for gifts but my jars are not half as cute. Love the taco spice idea--my family would probably like that more than the matcha salt!

K and S said...

The jars only hold a tablespoon of spices/extract, Deb, I think your family will like both of your gifts :)

Take care.
Kat

Sujan Patricia said...

Homemade Gifts, at some point, I decided I needed less fuss in my life and I should give up on homemade gifts. I've discovered that while it is much more practical and affordable to buy gifts rather than make them, it is not more fun.

K and S said...

You should bring back the fun and think about going back to homemade Sujan :)

Take care.
Kat

gifts Philippines said...

Well,if you ask me I also choose the homemade gifts I like the idea.

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K and S said...

thanks GP and thanks for stopping by!

Take care.
Kat