A Handmade Christmas

There is something about the holidays that brings out the creativity in me.  I enjoy making gifts for loved ones.  It slows the holiday frenzy down and I can savor time at home instead of rushing around. It’s fun to gather a group of friends to create together over a glass of warm cider, hot chocolate or wine.   Most of these ideas from the archives can come together in very little time and are easy on the budget.  Click on the highlighted link to get the instructions.   I hope you will find a spark of inspiration to create handmade gifts for everyone on your list.   Priceless.

Hot Chocolate On a Stick

The best hot chocolate ever and so adorable to wrap!

Cranberry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bark

This bark is easy and fast, yet so irresistible with with a zesty orange topping!

Salty or Sweet:  Homemade Granola or Citrus-Infused Sea Salt

For the perfect hostess gift.

Make someone feel beautiful:  These hand and body scrubs are made from pantry ingredients and leave skin feeling pampered and soft.

Vanilla Coconut Brown Sugar Body Scrub


Lemon-Rosemary Gardener’s Hand Scrub

Does anyone not love truffles?  Here are 2 great ones!

Earl Grey Infused Truffles and the gift of a hand written letter

Almond Date Amaretto Truffles

Is a garden lover on your list?  Elevate a simple poinsettia into a gorgeous topiary to wow!

Do you have costume jewelly sitting around?  Transform it into a dazzling  piece of art with this project. For year round appeal, your masterpiece could feature the recipient’s initial, a heart or a flower instead of the tree form.

Cross the grilling expert off your list with this sizzling spice mix!

Satisfy the sweet tooth of a health conscious recipient with these delectable dark chocolate and pistachio covered apricots.


Snickers Banana Bread is hard to resist!

It’s a wrap!


19 thoughts on “A Handmade Christmas

    • Thank you Teresa! I have been hoping to make your vanilla extract. It looks so beautiful as well as delicious. I am sure it would be so much more aromatic than the commercial ones. When I travel to the Caribbean, I buy clear vanilla…how do they manage to not have it turn brown during the infusion? Did you know vanilla beans come from an orchid? I just learned that!

      Johanne Lamarche


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