November 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Treasured Homemade Holiday Gifts

Welcome to the November 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Homemade Holidays.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how homemade gifts can make your holidays more cost-effective and special! Check out all of the posts to get homemade gift ideas for everyone on your list.

When I think of homemade gift ideas I automatically think of gifts I make with the kids.  I love helping the boys make handmade gifts all year long; birthdays, holidays, and for teachers. Pinterest is awesome to look up ideas.  You can check out my Pinterst board of Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas.

For this post, I wanted to share some of my favorite and treasured homemade gifts that I have been given.

My great-grandfather was a talented carpenter and made me a little rocking chair when I was 3. I love that rocking chair and enjoy watching my boys use it.

my rocking chair

My husband’s grandmother sews and quilts. She has given us a quilt for our wedding, and quilts for the birth of each one of our 3 boys. She has given quilts to everyone of her children and grandchildren and they are all precious gifts!

Since I recently became a stay at home mom I have been getting quilt lessons from her weekly. I am so blessed that she is sharing her talent and tricks with me! I can’t wait to start giving quilts as gifts. They are beautiful, personal, and useful!

Homemade Quilts

I guess scrapbooks and photo albums are not technically handmade, but I think they kind of fall into this. Anything that someone has to take time and creativity to make counts in my book.  I have given a few scrapbooks as gifts and they have all gone over very well and even made the recipients cry! When you make someone cry because they love your gift, that is the BEST!!! I enjoy putting together scrapbooks and photo albums so I have made many for several family members. Most recently I made a scrapbook for my parents of my younger sister’s wedding. They loved it!

Homemade Holiday Gifts ~ Scrapbooks

Also, I love DIY crafts and I have shared a couple that could make awesome handmade gifts. Check out these post. Just Click on picture.

Santa Paintbrush Ornament DIY     DIY Play kitchen oven

When people put love into it and take the time to make the gift it just makes it that much sweeter! Handmade gifts may not be perfectly made but that makes them special!

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  1. I adore the lap quilt my mother made me a few Christmas’ ago and the one a friend made me recently for my new baby! One day I may just have to learn to quilt myself to share the joy!

  2. My aunt makes beautiful quilts too. I love the ones she has given us. I wished she lived closer so I could take lessons from her!

  3. That’s so neat that your son is now using the rocking chair that you used! I made a scrapbook for my parents one year. Definitely a great gift idea.

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