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Saturday, 17 November 2012


Happy Saturday everyone! I'm trying to get back in the swing of things these last few weeks. We had a great time with my cousin from Canada visiting. Tooters fell in love with her and was gutted when she left. It was so great to see them spending quality time with eachother.

Anyhow, I have been up to my eyes in craft projects recently (Christmas is right around the corner). I mentioned in a previous post that I really wanted to give it a go with a whole "Handmade Christmas" thing. Well, I've got a few projects under my belt so far, but sooooooo many more to go.

Keeping with the same homemade spirit, I thought I would dedicate my TOP 10 this month to Handmade / Homemade Gifts. As money seems to be elusive to us(and most of our friends), I thought I would make this list Handmade Gifts Under $5/£5

1. Jackie at Teal and Lime has an awesomely amazing tutorial for Hot Chocolate on a Stick!! Complete with Goodwill mug and candy cane. You need this in your life.....go and give her some love!

hot chocolate on a stick, number 1 on list of christmas gifts under $5

2. Danielle @ 2 Little Super Heroes has posted about her experience with Lego Minifigure molds. I've also posted about how amazing these molds can be.Well worth the investment and will make tonnes of presents.
Lego Crayons, Lego Mold crafts, number 2 on list of christmas gifts under $5

3. Emmy @ EmmyMom posted a beautiful tutorial for this Grateful Frame. As its so personal, I think it makes a perfect gift for someone close to you. Check it out...
grateful frame, number 3 on list of christmas gifts under $5

4. Carmen @ Woodside Kitchen shared her incredibly easy clay recipe for handmade decorations. If you read the post, this clay can also be used for hand / footprints as well. The possibilities are endless. And, best of all, super cheap!
Saltdough ornaments, number 4 on list of christmas gifts under $5

5. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue gave me a wonderful idea with her post about Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies. She presented them in a decorated jam jar! Think of the cookies! Great for neighbour gifts, teachers, co-workers, etc. Also....for those who don't want to bake them.....check out Mel @ Mel's Kitchen Cafe for her post on Cookie Dough Gifts. I think this is super thoughful.

cookies gift in a jar, number 5 on list of christmas gifts under $5

6. Anna @ The Imagination Tree blew my mind with this gorgeous Christmas Eve Box. You need to do this for your kids (or any kid in your life) I think its the perfect Christmas Eve present to open. The fact that you can totally personalize it for your child makes it even more special. *cue new family tradition in our house*

7. Wilma @ By Wilma makes super cute fabric covered notebooks in this tutorial. I've made a few of these recently and they are so well received. The notebooks can be found in any Dollar Store / Pound Shop and fabric scraps are always in abundance, right?? Give this a go this season, I promise it'll be a hit! 

Fabric Covered Notebook, number 7 on list of christmas gifts under $5

denim fabric covered note book, number 7 on list of christmas gifts under $5

fabric covered notebook, number 7 on list of christmas gifts under $5

fabric covered notebook, number 7 on list of christmas gifts under $5

 8. Krista @ Lazy Saturday has a great tutorial for upcycling 1 sweater into 3 different winter accessories. You have gotta give this a try. Who wouldn't love a 3 piece gift set??? 

upcycled sweater to hat, headband and gloves, number 8 on list of christmas gifts under $5

9. DIY Family Photos. I don't know about you, but for years I've given the latest family photo of our family as a present. Portrait sessions can cost an arm and a leg and sometime, really not that worth it, right?? Recently, we went for a walk in the park and took some shots (just for the sake of it, no real reason). Some of them came out so well and will be making their way into frames for Nanny, Uncles and Aunties. When I had gone through some of the old shots I'd taken, I decided to play around with them in PicMonkey. If you've never seen PicMonkey....GO NOW!!!!!!!! Its awesome. I totally missed PicNic but this is filling the gap nicely. Anyhow, this is what I came up with:

Highlights from January this year

Highlights from February this year

I think Nanny's gonna love this one

Pretty decent family pic :-)

10. Sarah @ Fairy Face Designs makes such beautiful quilts and crafts. You need to check out her tutorial for a little phone case. I think I need to make a few of these for my friends.....oh, the amount of broken Iphone screens I've seen!

phone pouch, number 10 on list of christmas gifts under $5

What will you make this holiday season?? 

ps: I've joined Twitter *finally*. Come follow me ;-) 


Helen xx


  1. Hi Helen, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from the Pinteresting Party.

    These are great ideas! I never heard of Pic Monkey, and will definitely check that out!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  2. Beautiful post - so many great ideas! Found you at the "Power of Pinterest Party" over at Fox Hollow Cottage. Going to go pin this now. Hope you can come over and say hello soon!
    Thanks again for a great post! :)

  3. Thanks! Glad you liked the sign and thank you so much for featuring me. Great list of ideas. And really the homemade gifts often mean so much more.

  4. What fabulous ideas1 You are so awesome for collecting these for me! I need lots of ideas in the price-effective arena...!

    have a great holiday season!

    hugs x

  5. Great ideas, awesome line up :)

  6. Great post! I'm inspired to get on some homemade gifts (I'm running a little behind this year). I just discovered your blog...I look forward to reading more!

  7. i love the sweater idea!! great ideas, as per usual helen!

  8. Great ideas! Stopping by and following now from Busy Monday.

  9. Visiting from Mop it up Monday. Love all the ideas

  10. I would like to welcome you to My Our Favorite Things Link Party. Thank you for linking up your post this week. Your ideas are wonderful. There are many I think I will use.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. These are fabulous!! I love the Christmas Eve Box and the hot chocolate on a stick :)

  12. I'm your newest follower from Marvelous Monday, would love it if you could come by and follow back?

  13. Those are some great Holiday gift ideas thank you so much for linking up on Super Sweet Saturday.

  14. Those are great gift ideas, I love the lego crayons!

  15. Stopping by from "Meet Me Monday"! Love the ideas, lots of great things you can give out to friends. I'm always a fan of using cozy hats/socks/gloves as cute gifts for my female friends. Salt dough ornaments are a great idea too!


  16. You shared some really neat NEW ideas. Ahh I love a crafty Christmas!

  17. Lots of super ideas to inspire. Thank you

  18. Thank you for all these wonderful gift
    ideas.. I've started making gifts and
    need a few more...
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

  19. What a great list of ideas! I would love to have you come share this or any of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…' There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  20. Some very cute ideas there! And I love that they're all under a fiver. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Love that there's another blogger out there from this little island!

  21. A lot of great ideas here, Helen! I especially love the Lego crayons. I was such a nerd for legos when I was a kid. I'm now following along via GFC! :) Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

    I'd like to invite you to my new blog hop - Grow Your Blog Hop. This party is all about networking and growing your blog. I hope to see you there. It starts at midnight tonight! http://www.thisgalcooks.com/p/grow-your-blog.html

    Have a wonderful holiday! :)


  22. I heart handmade. I just really, truly do.

    Following ya from the GFC hop and am so excited to get to know ya better.

    I'd love it if you'd join me for the ride at localsugarhawaii.com where we're riding the wave of life.

    We've got this amazing team hosting An Aloha Affair so that we can all gather and share and mingle with other beautiful creatives over the next few days. You are personally invited to join us, if you please. I'd love it if you would.


  23. I love the grateful frame and the fabric notebook. It is a great idea to make presents which makes it more personal and easier on the pocket.
    I am following you from the hop and would love for you to follow along.


  24. What great ideas! I love the grateful frame. That's so awesome. Your newest follower from the Grow Your Blog Hop.

    Kathy @http://lifeonlakeshoredrive.blogspot.com/

  25. These are really great ideas! I am a new follower after finding you through a linky party. I hope that you will stop by my site if you get a chance. http://www.thetaylor-house.com

  26. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-8-turkey.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  27. This is great, seriously!!! I've always been a fan of homemade gifts and these are all perfect and very affordable. Win/ win - thank you for sharing!

  28. Handmade is great! Thanks for sharing.

  29. I'm making a gift a day and posting pictures, costs, and time over on my blog. If you're short on money, I think you'll find a lot of ideas that you can use, using items you already have, as well as a few super-inexpensive gifts (.09 earrings, for example). I have 7 children and I make most of their gifts. Several ideas that I've posted will work well for adults, too. If you need any more ideas on what to make, please come and look! http://theprudenthomemakerblog.blogspot.com/search/label/A%20Gift%20A%20Day

  30. Great post! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  31. Great ideas here. I'm pinning this post. Thank you.

  32. Hello!
    Just stopping by to let you know that this was the most viewed link at last week's Marvelous Mondays party. I will be featuring your wonderful article at tonight's party. Hope to see you there!


  33. Hi Helen! Very cute ideas! Look at all the blog love! Good for you, girl. I'm excited to look for those Lego molds. I'm also on my way to check out Picmonkey. Homemade may take a bit more time, but the gifts are so special. Thanks for the ideas :)

  34. Great post! I'm inspired to get on some homemade gifts..thanks for sharing it with us..send gifts to pakistan.

  35. Great ideas! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  36. FABULOUS ideas!!! Thanks for sharing with us over at Junkin Joe!!! hugs...

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  38. This is a great site, I'll have to tell my wife about it. She loves making homemade gifts like these for our family member for Christmas. She is very creative and usually puts together something really nice for everyone. This always helps us save money for more expensive stuff. I am always in charge of the technology gifts. I usually get one for my brothers. This year I started shopping early and I got both of them new GPS devices. I decided to get them the Spy Detector because it can help track cars and people.


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