Handmade Holidays {12 Easy Homemade Gift Ideas}


 
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This post is part of my ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series. To see all posts in the series, click here.

The holidays are upon us once again. I love the holidays, the whole feel of them- except the overwhelming message blared at us each year to SPEND MORE MONEY. I prefer my gifts to be heartfelt and that doesn’t mean spending a lot. One of my all time favorite gifts was from my sister- an embroidery hoop that she stitched a heart rhythm on. I work in healthcare, in the cardiac field so it was so cute!

Handmade Holidays - 12 Handmade Gift Ideas

I feel like the time invested in creating a gift for someone far outweighs the amount of money you could spend. There are certainly well thought out purchased gifts, as a matter of fact my husband proposed on Christmas! He certainly didn’t make my ring and it is most definitely my favorite Christmas present.

This year my son and I have been creating some goofy tee shirts to give to our family. We even made a few for his siblings. Another reason I love to create handmade gifts is the time spend with my kids creating them! It makes for great homeschool lessons in science and life skills. My kids also very much enjoy being crafty!

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I have featured a few fun iron on transfers on my blog before. You can find them here and here. Before printing the image remember to flip it. I just use the paint program on my computer to flip the images.

This is a really inexpensive but fun gift!
This unexpected change might have surprised my husband and me, but it certainly did not surprise God. No, you see, my God is an all knowing, all powerful God and although I certainly didn't ask to lose my job and our only source of income in the process, God was busy behind the scenes working to answer a prayer I've been praying for over a year. I've been praying that when the season is right, God would bring me home full-time. I believe that season is now. From that very day two weeks ago, my husband has been looking for a job. Not just one job, but two. In order to ensure that I can stay home and be the stay at home, homeschool Mom that my children need me to be right now. He has been through multiple interviews and has been hired for a part-time position. We are awaiting a call back this week from two full-time positions. Given my control freak nature, this is a very uncomfortable place for me. We don't know when the next paycheck will come in. The end of the month is quickly approaching, bills are coming due. Along with the end of my employment, came the end of our health insurance. There are times when my anxiety gets the best of me, but through it all I hear God whispering His promises. <blockquote>Do not fear. I am here. I know the plans I have for you. I will never leave you or forsake you. Do not worry.</blockquote> The fact that I don't know what our future holds is super scary, but knowing that He holds my future in His hands gives me all the comfort I need. We will be okay. God's got this taken care of. One line of a very popular song by Laura Story continues to repeat in my mind. It speaks straight to my heart and I know it's from God. <blockquote>What is trials of this life are Your blessings in disguise?</blockquote> Sweet sisters, will you please pray for my family. Pray for God's will to be done and for peace to continue to surround us. Please pray that my husband will find a job quickly and that through it all, I will be able to always sing praises to our God who is so worthy. I thank each and every one of you from the very bottom of my heart. <a href="http://www.upsidedownhomeschooling.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/siggie.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-995" title="siggie" src="http://www.upsidedownhomeschooling.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/siggie.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="66" /></a>" data-jpibfi-post-excerpt="" data-jpibfi-post-url="https://lifeofahomeschoolmom.com/2015/11/handmade-holidays-12-easy-homemade-gift-ideas/" data-jpibfi-post-title="Handmade Holidays {12 Easy Homemade Gift Ideas}" data-jpibfi-src="http://www.thefragglemomma.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/media-20151119-1-300x191.png" >
This is a really inexpensive but fun gift!

 

Here are a few other ideas for fun homemade gifts for everyone on your list!

This awesome candle would make a great gift and a cool science project!

 

These amazing DIY Milk and Honey Soaps would make a great gift!

 

This whipped sugar cookie body butter would be a great lesson on states of matter!

 

This homemade gift of handmade river rock dominos would be perfect for kids. Bonus: It’s educational!

 

Here is an awesome but far more complicated DIY gift: DIY lap desk!

 

This tote would be an awesome gift for the homeschool mom on the go!

 

 

This handmade Letter Photo Collage would make any Grandmother squeal with delight!

 

Anything coffee makes this homeschool mom happy including coffee soap!

 

This stylish DIY chalkboard would look fabulous in your homeschool room, or dining room!

 

Homeschool Dad’s everywhere will appreciate this science project!

 

Or show some love with this DIY Hand Stamped Handkerchief

For more fun projects and free printables to help homeschool through the early years head on over and visit Holly at The Fraggle Momma! Holly is a homeschooling mom who blogs about homeschooling her son and tot schooling with her daughter. She writes to encourage and empower homeschool parents on thier journey in homeschooling.

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