Handmade and Heartfelt Holiday Gifts!

gift ideas 2013

I ♥ handmade and heartfelt gifts, to give and to receive.

Made with ♥, special and one of a kind gifts. Also, giving of our time, in big and small ways. Treasures and memories that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.

Gotta ♥ all those reasons and more. 😉

On the eve of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some suggestions here at Veggies…for easy to make handmade gifts and other ideas, just in time for Christmas.

What is your fav handmade gift that you’ve made for someone or received?


From the kitchen:

Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters

Slow Cooker Party Mix

The BEST Gingersnap Cookies

Spicy Honey Almonds


Knit and Crochet:

52 Free Dishcloth Patterns 

Some Lovely Knit Shawls

Five Spring Knit Cowls

How to Knit Socks and an Easy Peasy Pattern


 Giving of Your Time and Talents

(the most special gifts of all, IMO) 🙂

-Volunteer to read to someone on a regular basis who is blind or vision impaired.

-Spend a day exploring winter’s wonderland with a child in need. Perhaps a way to also give a single parent a much-needed break.

-Befriend a older person at a care home who has no family or friends that regularly visit.

-Knit prayer shawls and give them to recipients personally, throughout the year.

Offer to help a neighbor who is living alone with some household chores like: snow shoveling, small home repairs, bringing over a fresh plate of cookies…There are a lot of lonely people out there and the holiday season is a particularly difficult time for many people.

-Volunteer to take calls at a local crisis center.

-Volunteer to help with a local literacy program.

-Plan small gifts to give as random acts of kindness: to people you meet on the streets, delivery people, letter carriers, clerks at stores you regularly shop at…and watch their faces light up with your thoughtful gesture.

Some suggestions: Coffee cards, a stack of fresh cookies tied up in a small gift bag, lip balms to help with winter chapped lips, simple hand-knit scarves, good-quality chocolate bars.


11 responses

  1. Wow Geraldine, I’m going to bookmark this post. Thank you for such great ideas.:) Happy Thanksgiving.<3

  2. I’m probably the only one in the world that thinks a stupid fruitcake is a most wonderful gift to receive. I love all kinds of fruitcake.

  3. I would like to feature some of your knitting as guest post on my blog. Lemme know if interested. dagostino07@gmail.com Happy T Day !

  4. Wonderful, wonderful ideas. Thanks so much, not that I’ll have time this Christmas season but there’s the New Year and 12 months till the next time. ❤ ❤

  5. I’m so glad you liked my list and SO good to see you again. Hope you’ll be blogging again soon.

    Carl, have sent you an email. I loathe most fruitcakes but the rum-soaked fruit varieties have their “moments” Teehee. 😉

    Thanks Tess, yes these are all good throughout the year, especially about giving of ourselves I think. The holidays are just a good reminder how important that is.

    Have a wonderful weekend, G

  6. Pawkisses for a Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 ❤

  7. Those are excellent suggestions for handmade gifts and heartfelt gifts too. Those are the best.

  8. These are wonderful suggestion. Have a happy weekend. 🙂

  9. Paw kisses back to you.😁

    Handmade and from the heart can’t be beat, I agree.

    Thanks Carol!

    Have a fabulous week.😁

  10. Reblogged this on My Poetic Path and commented:

    Well, the WordPress snow has now arrived so it definitely ’tis the season’ to think about gifts, of all kinds. I hope you find my recent post from Veggies…helpful and inspiring. I really do think heartfelt gifts are the way to go, all year round.
    Have a wonderful, magical week! 🙂

  11. Your recipes are always tempting and tasty sounding. Still have to try some. My youngest daughter just started learning how to knit. I am giving her all my old knitting needles, patterns and books on ‘how to’ as I have not yet learned ‘how to’ myself 🙂 so am giving it all to her. Maybe she can try some of your simple patterns.

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