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Homemade Gifts: Best of the Blogs

homemade gifts christmasNow that you’ve got the stockings all hung by the chimney with care, etc. etc., maybe you’re looking for a way to spice up your gift list this year. Sure, sweaters and scarves, gift cards and gadgets are all great, but nothing quite says you care like a homemade gift that you’ve taken the time to make yourself. Yeah, yeah, we know—that no doubt gets your eyes rolling. But this is the season for sincerity, after all, not cynicism. And as these creative bloggers from all over the web demonstrate, you don’t have to spend days in the kitchen making your homemade gift from scratch. Whipping up some mulled wine spices or candied orange peels are a snap. Give them on their own or pair them with the store-bought gifts you already planned to give for an extra-personal touch. Either way, we’d be happy to get any of these in our stockings this year.


• TakePart’s “Better Than Store Bought” series has sleek step-by-step videos on how to make some long-lasting holiday goodies: vanilla sugar, rosemary salt, mulled wine spices and even pomegranate vodka!


• True, quality vanilla beans are expensive, but they seem pretty reasonable when you think about making homemade vanilla extract, vanilla salt and vanilla sugar for the gourmets in your life. Eat the Love tells you how.


• We love What’s Cookin Chicago?’s idea of making peppermint bark in keepsake snowflake cookie-cutters to hand out to coworkers.


• The festive “Naughty Biscotti” over at the Canadian Baker would go great in a tin paired with some freshly ground coffee.


• The sweet candied orange peels at Sweet Peas and Pumpkin’s would make for a delicious modern-day twist on the tradition of an orange in the stocking.


Sprinkle Bakes has a how-to video on how to make these adorable Victorian-inspired paper cones in which you can gift things like homemade caramel corn.


Have Cake Will Travel’s decadent chocolate-bean spread is definitely worth putting in a jar and tying a pretty bow around.


• The grandparents would love a set of Gluten-Free Girl’s salt-dough ornaments decorated by the grandkids.


Food Wishes shows you how to make bottled chipotle oil for the hot-and-spicy fiends on your list.


• Holy moly! Who knew you could make your own peppermint-flavored “Altoids.” Cheeky Kitchen gets the prize for freshest gift idea!


A Fridge Full of Food takes Christmastime snacking to a whole new level with these chai-spiced pretzels.



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