By Gayle from Gainesville
Like just about everyone else, I have family members who have been let go from their jobs. Companies are cutting back. The work is just not there. Some have lost their jobs. Other folks have had their hours cut. My first impulse is to do more for family members who are not doing well financially. I have resisted this impulse on consideration of the awkwardness my family members would feel because of his inability to reciprocate.
So this year I have decided to give mostly homemade gifts for extended family members. I do a lot of canning. So folks are getting pints of salsa, chutney, bread & butter pickles, corn relish and whatever else I have lots of.
Best of all, I have looked at the skill set of my extended family and have suggested gifts that they can make for me. For instance, my little brother was let go last month from his job as a fine carpenter, a job he had had for more than 10 years. I suggested he make me a cutting board. I really need a cutting board. I have been using a plastic cutting board and had no idea why my knives wouldn’t keep an edge.
My older brother hunts deer. He built a smokehouse and makes all kinds of stuff. I am going to ask him for some deer jerky. (He likes really hot salsa so I made a special batch of salsa for him. I had to wear gloves, a face mask and eye protection when chopping up the Scotch Bonnet Peppers.) He puts the stuff on his eggs.
So here’s the topic I want to introduce: what ideas do you have for homemade gifts?
Here are some more ideas:
- Spice mixtures in pint-sized jars (Cajun spice or taco seasoning.
- Dessert in a Jar (everyone loves chocolate chip cookies.
- Breads (Everyone loves banana bread.
- Homemade sled for kids up north.
- Scented soap and candles.
- Bat house.
These are just some ideas I thought up off the top of my head. What other gift ideas can you come up with? What homemade gifts have you given in the past? Do you plan on giving homemade gifts this year? What homemade gifts would you most like to receive?
Please post your comments below.