Holiday Wrap Up: Gifting

This is the second of three posts recapping our 2010 holiday season in terms of food, gifts, and crafting.


This year (well, last year now), I started planning for the holidays back in the summer and it really paid off. We were able to have a pretty flexible and relaxing holiday season (the best one yet!). I’m excited to share with you some of the gifts we made!

  • Bookmarks. We made these for close friends and family. I designed the bookmarks (with pictures of our daughters on them) and had them printed, laminated, and cut at a local print shop. I punched holes in each of the bookmarks and attached a ribbon tassel. We gave the book marks inside books that we bought for the recipient. So folks got a personal bookmark and a book.
  • Recipe books. I stole this idea from Martha Stewart herself. I made about 30 booklets with about 15  new-to-us recipes that we tried in 2010. Some of these recipes were from cook books and others were from friends. I typed up all the recipes, printed them to fit 4 X6 index cards, attached the recipe to the index cards (using a lot of double stick tape), punched a hole in the top, and then used a curtain ring to bind all the recipes together. On the right you’ll see a picture of the finished product! This was a pretty labor intensive project and one that I suggest doing in phases!
  • Calendars. It’s become a tradition now to design and make calendars for immediate family. (We’ve always depended on Walgreens and their online photo services for help with this gift.)  Our family seems to really enjoy (and expect) this and we are usually able to time the ordering of the calender around coupons that are available!
  • Pictures. This year I tried really hard to make the gifts we gave personal, so this meant making photo collages of family members, designing a photo book for grandparents, and even taking pictures of the girls in Christmas outfits that my grandma made me and using those pictures as gifts.

Next year I’m thinking of making and gifting  these oven mitts from Skip to My Lou and putting our 2011 recipe book inside.

Are you already planning your 2011 holiday gifts?

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About figgsandsuch

I'm a thirty-something wife, momma to two, daughter, friend, and wanna be baker, maker, creator, and runner.
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2 Responses to Holiday Wrap Up: Gifting

  1. TeachingNomad says:

    I like the recipe books idea! If you’re not making a ton of them or if you have access to the equipment, laminating them would make them more long-lasting for heavy kitchen use.

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