Don’t be ashamed to give people homemade Christmas gifts. You don’t have to be living frugally in order to give people homemade Christmas gifts either. It is also a fairly personal gift. An example of a decent homemade Christmas gift is homemade cooking – especially if the recipient has complemented you on the way you cook in the past. Homemade conserves and cookies are not only great as a gift but they can be bought along to the Christmas festivities in order for everyone to share in their goodness. Other homemade Christmas gifts which mean a lot to people are photographs. A nicely framed photograph of a family occasion or of you for the recipient to put somewhere special is a great gift and it comes from the heart rather than the hip pocket.
Homemade Christmas gifts are great to give people that otherwise seem like they have everything. Because these people are generally the hardest to shop for (you can try and give them a gift voucher – but it is likely you give them one every year). Other great homemade Christmas gifts are crafts made your children. This is particularly good to give Grandparents or family members who are close to the children but don’t get much of a chance to see them. If you have sort of woodworking or metalworking skill then you may be able to make some pretty neat homemade Christmas gifts. Consider giving someone a sculpture or if asking if they need any furniture made or repaired. Listen to requests for things like this before going out and buying a gift for the person – something you make yourself will be much more appreciated than anything you can buy.
Sometimes the gifts you make yourself are the best gifts you can give. They are a lot more personal than something you can buy from a retailer. You might also consider making a collage of photos of the times you have spent with the recipient of the gift. If you are making something like this always think about how the item is going to be displayed. If you are in a financial situation to have something like this framed then go forth and do so. It actually looks like you have spent a lot of time and effort (and money) on the gift. People don’t expect gifts (for the most part) so there is no shame in giving them something that has been homemade.