Seven Handmade Gift Ideas and a Giveaway

Seven Handmade Gift Ideas and a Giveaway

seven creative handmade gift ideas

Every year I exchange handmade gifts with my brothers and sisters.

We began the whole handmade gift tradition over 10 years ago when we were just starting our families and our creativity far exceeded our wallets. ย At first we started small with some felt flowers and handmade soap, but over the years the handmade gift exchange has grown to an event of legendary proportions.

These are not your grandmother’s handmade gifts.

No doilies allowed.

Unless they are hand-crocheted from quilt threads that traveled across the west on a covered wagon.

Wood Slices Pile

I’m making mine from these.

I can’t tell you what it is because that would ruin the surprise, but just know that there’s a story.

Because just between a story is the icing on the cake with a handmade gift.

But instead of telling me…..let me show you.

Here’s seven handmade gift ideas we have exchanged since I’ve been writing the blog…..

…and the stories that go with them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Letters from Box 54

My sister took old letters and transformed them into a book.

The love story is priceless.

handmade wooden bowl

Wooden bowl from a fallen tree

My brother took a tree that had so much meaning to our family and…..

….oh wait…..I’m giving away the story.

You can read the rest of it….here.

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How to make a lettered chalkboard

You won’t believe what my sister made this chalkboard from.

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ย How to Build a Pallet Wood Clock

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Create a Picture from Words

My sister created a thistle from the first 350 words from the blog.

See what I mean?

No doilies allowed.

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Acorn Nativity

Here’s an entire nativity that my brother made constructed out of acorns.

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How to make a wooden arrow

This was our entry from last year.

We made arrows for everyone in the family.

It would have been cute to add the distance from our house to theirs, too.

I’ll keep you posted this year and let you know what everyone made for under the tree.

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It’s day seven of the twelve days of Christmas.

So let’s shake it up a little with a giveaway.

Just from me to one of you.

Just because.

Just in case you needed a little extra for your Christmas shopping this year.

I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky reader.

Just enter through the Rafflecopter below and ย have a very Merry Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And here’s today’s Christmas inspiration links from some of my favorite people.

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Shanty 2 Chic

Ornament Frame

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Inspired by Charm

Instamus Wreath

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Funky Junk Interiors

Hot Cocoa Station

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Songbirdย 

Christmas Window Sill

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Remodelaholic

Easy Tip for Hanging Stockings

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  1. Love these gifts. It’s a long story, but I made a book of my parents’ love letters for my brothers and my daddy the first Christmas after Mama had died. Daddy died six months after Christmas and asked to be buried with the book of their love letters that I had made. We complied…

    Can’t wait to see what you make this year!

  2. Well, I see I needed to respond to the question actually asked. I’d buy a book called Mardi Gras, by Errol LaBorde for my aunt and for me!

  3. Jennifer Smith :

    I think handmade gifts make the best presents. You and your siblings are so creative!

  4. I would buy books.

  5. I would buy a children’s Bible for my grandson and a men’s devotional book for my husband, and a nice dog bed for my Shih Tzu

  6. Robin Stephens :

    I was just at Amazon.com and I added to my “cart” a pack of indoor snowballs. They look amazingly fun for all ages. Since a white Christmas is rare here (Central VA), I thought it would be fun to spice up Christmas mornng for our all-adult family by including a snowball fight. Check ’em out. They look like pure enjoyment! Thanks for a chance to win!

  7. DEBRA THOMPSON :

    A Jawbone to help me get in shape next year

  8. Thanks for the chance to win! I would buy..umm..10 things are running through my mind??

  9. Oh Karianne, I married a bookworm forty-three years ago. I would buy several books for my husband and deck them out in the cutest wrap. Thank you for the give away.

  10. My grandson actually has a Minecraft Lego set sitting in my Amazon shopping cart! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. There is so much that you can buy at Amazon. I think I would focus on creating a new Christmas tradition.. we just moved to a new state.. new tradition would be perfect. I think I would get all family members a small notebook, and after all the presents are opened I would have every other family member write a dedication inside it. The idea would be to inspire the person to write or jot or draw their memories of this new year. Then I would get a box of Christmas Crackers and wrap them up like a present and have fun at our Christmas dinner!!

  12. Brenda Rosbrook :

    Love your blog….always so nice to read heartwarming stories.

  13. Benny Sequeira :

    Jewellery.

  14. Brenda Rosbrook :

    I would purchase a few My whole food life books to give to myself & a few friends

  15. Your blog was so interesting that I almost forgot about the giveaway. I would use the gift certificate for a wall clock. I am lost without a wall clock. Thank you and Blessings

  16. I would finish my shopping for my grandchildren.

  17. I LOVE the idea of giving handmade things to family and friends for Christmas, so I really enjoyed this post. I want people to know I took the time and thought specifically about them….not that I dropped some cash at the department store and was home in 20 minutes done. I also love your home, it’s stunning, fresh, classic and homey. God Bless you and your family – I deeply appreciate your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Cannot wait to see what you and your siblings make this Christmas. I love hearing the stories that go along with them.
    If I was to win the Amazon gift card I would give it to my daughter so she could buy books.

  19. Hi, if I were selected for the gift card; I would buy Christmas picture books, not for any of my grandchildren, they would be for my three grown married children. When those three children of my were growing up I would buy or check out a Christmas book from the school library where I worked and read that book to my children on Christmas Eve. I would also select something from the book to use as an ornament (example: read the book Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant one year and then wrapped a small box in silver paper and ribbon with an ornament hook to be hung on our Christmas tree) and give each child of mine. My children all have traditions of their own and bringing back one of mine would remind them of their early Christmas Eve memories.

  20. I would put it towards a camera I have been wanting a Nikon.

  21. I just love how your gifts are made with something special. Your family’s creativity is amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  22. These gifts are so creative!! It is always so much better to receive something that someone put time and effort into rather than a store brought gift!!! Love them all….

    • whoops hit submit before telling you what I would do with the gift card ๐Ÿ™‚ I would buy some craft supplies for my crafty 12 yr old granddaughters!

  23. you have a very creative family! I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  24. Because of the size of my family, we have started doing a secret Santa gift exchange. But oh how I would love it if we were all as creative and talented as you & your family….although, maybe this should be one of my goals for 2015… to only give homemade gifts to the family for birthday, etc. It would be challenging, but such fun… definitely something to think about.

  25. I love these ideas! I would buy my husband something with the gift card. He deserves it!

  26. PS… I’d buy stocking stuffers for my daughter and granddaughters that live with me!

  27. Love all of them! They are gifts that money can’t buy. Treasures forever.

  28. I’m amazed that your family members are so talented and that you all take the time for handmade gifts. I love this idea in a world so fast-paced that sometimes we don’t stop to appreciate all the beauty and simplicity of showing our love and appreciation to those around us. I’m not sure what I would purchase with the gift card, probably something for my daughter??? Merry Christmas to you all.

  29. I love seeing your homemade family gifts each year! You all are so creative!

  30. I would use the gift card to purchase new slippers for my hubby.

  31. you have such a talented family. everything is priceless and amazing

  32. I would buy shocks for his jeep! Well, the $50 would buy one of the shocks anyway!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Just love these! I would buy something related to sewing and quilting- I too love to make handmade gifts! Thanks for the chance and Happy Holidays!:)

  34. My hubby is a reservist in the Air Force and drives six hours one weekend a month. He just lost his ipod nano so I would use the gc toward a new one. That man loves podcasts.

  35. Dear KariAnne,

    I feel like I know you reading your heartwarming stories! Well, let’s see…I think I would buy an electric knife sharpener for my son-in-law who loves to cook and takes such wonderful care of my sweet daughter!

    Merry Christmas!

  36. I just knew you were going to use those tree pieces your mom pointed out to you. It’s scary but I think we’re telecommunicating. OMG I’d better clean up my thoughts — okay they’re pretty clean, after all you’ve got twinkling brown eyes hanging around and you know sometimes those thoughts have a mind of their own. Anyway, back on track — guess what I’d do with the Amazon gift certificate? If you said purchase something for someone I love you’d be right!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. Joy Pinkerton :

    As always, I LOVE your stories and remember this tradition from last year!! You are all so talented and creative! I am looking for a fitness bracelet for my husband. I’m happy he’s been getting in better shape. I’d like to keep him around a little longer ;)))

  38. Love your blog. We always want to make handmade gifts but run out of time and end up buying them. I would use the gift card to buy some books or puzzles that I have had in my cart for a while. Thanks!

  39. Kathy Schermerhorn :

    The stories are even better than the gifts! Stories are what tie a family together. That and food. In my opinion only, of course.

  40. Your picture from words is extraordinary! The time it took to make that must have been long, but totally worth it!

  41. I would order my courageous hubby something. He’s 20 months into a very difficult cancer journey.

  42. I would buy a couple of decor books that I’ve been wanting. BTW it was so fun to meet you at the Parade of Homes… I admit I was totally starstruck and speechless… I wanted to tell you that you were one of the very first bloggers who encouraged me when I was just starting out, gave me some invaluable tips and called me a rock star… giving me the confidence I needed to bravely go forth and blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! Maybe at the next event I’ll be able to string a couple sentences together, lol!

  43. I love books … guess that means I would buy books ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. I would pop it into my daughter’s stocking. She is a poor grad student and it would be a fun surprise for her.

  45. Christmas Blessings to you and your family for all the smiles and inspiration you bring to all of us throughout the year. I would give the card to my niece who just had to move unexpectedly and is struggling financially.

  46. Sun butter… I Would buy Sunbutter because it’s pricey and I am allergic to peanut butter

  47. I’d buy a copy of the CD “A Permeable Life” by Carrie Newcomer, and two used DVDs: Coco Chanel and Georgia O’Keefe that were Lifetime movies a few years back

  48. I’d buy a copy of the CD “A Permeable Life” by Carrie Newcomer, and two used DVDs: Coco Chanel and Georgia O’Keefe that were Lifetime movies a few years back. Anything left would be books

  49. I would finally buy the things that have been sitting in my cart – cell phone accessories for my kids!!

  50. Debbie Nolker :

    It has been such a blessing getting your emails everyday. If you have a book could you share the title so I can share your smiles with my friends for their birthday gift this year. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. What can’t you buy at Amazon, I’m looking for a small shuffleboard for my grandson, I bet Amazon knows where they are! Merry Christmas, I love your handmade gifts, I believe these are the truest gifts from ourselves.

  52. I would buy some new makeup brushes and an ice cream tub!

  53. We buy special ornaments for our family each year, so I’d probably buy ornaments. If not those, I’d definitely buy some sort of Christmas present(s). Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. These are great ideas! AND……….these will last for a long time and the memories forever! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Merry Christmas!

  55. Well I found my Christmas idea! Oh and the Amazon gc… I would definitely buy a few military challenge coins for my Airmen and Sailor! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. WOW – now that’s some creativity going on in your family. I would absolutely LOVE any one of these gifts. Lucky you!!!!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours …

  57. Sheila Laurence :

    I remembered your posts about the gifts from the past. I am in awe! I would probably use the card to get a Zelda game my daughter wants. Merry Christmas!

  58. With four kids I have several items in my Amazon cart right now…movies, toys, games, etc. hopefully they don’t decide to go “shopping” for their siblings and see all of the goods.

  59. Great post as always! I just love your creativity! Thanks for the inspiration! I’d use the gift card for craft supplies so my granddaughter and I can play together! She’s 3 and loves to cut and paste, color and draw. She has quite an imagination already!

  60. I would save it until the first of the year and use it to help my daughter purchase college textbooks for her spring semester. We found some great prices on textbooks at Amazon, especially compared to the prices at her college bookstore.

  61. I would buy some material to sew skirts for my grandaughters.

  62. I would use it to buy some Disney Infinity characters for the Wii we plan on getting the kids this year.

  63. Oh my goodness, cleverness must run in your family’s genes!โ›„๏ธ

  64. I would buy a new train set to go under the tree

  65. I’ve been wanting a nice robe so I would probably get that with the gift card if AZ had one I like.
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    msred5 at gmail dot com

  66. Your family is brimming with talent! Wow, what would I buy… Hum… I think I would rather give it to the man I work with at a small local antique mall… He has a hard time getting by and has three small children.. I’m already blessed in so many ways it would give me pleasure to give him a little extra.

  67. I’m a fairly new reader….so in love! Have I seen that YOU have a book out? That’s what I would buy from amazon, if so. I bookmark your blogs, but would love to have your writings and photos in book form. Reading your blog is a moment of grace in crazy days!

  68. I would buy books!

  69. It would go toward american girl accessories for Brea.

  70. We have 4 kids 4 and under so date nights are hard to come by, let alone the extra $60+ for a sitter.
    One of our favorite places to go, when we can afford, is The Meltng Pot.
    We’ve talked about how we’d love to get a fondue pot for home so we can do a “date night” after the kids go to bed

  71. KariAnne, the family made gifts are the most God given ones of love! Precious post! As for Amazon, why I would use it to buy the fifth season of Downton Abbey of course!! happiest of Holidays, Lori

  72. What great gift ideas…… thank you. If I were lucky enough to win a Amazon gift card….I would get my girlfriend who moved to another state a book and DVD of our favorite Jane Austen story….Pride and Prejudice. We love Mr. Darcy!!!!!

  73. With a $50 Amazon gift card I would purchase a set of essential oils and some cute glass containers so i could make sugar scrubs for all my girlfiends. If i had any left over i would love a cable knit throw to snuggle with.

  74. Love your home made gifts! I went to your bothers Easy shop and I think I might order a wood letter-they are great.

  75. My husband has a wish list of items. I would probably purchase a few of the items. He wants an album by a band we saw in concert this summer. I want to lift his spirits as his mother passed a few days ago and this band makes him happy.

  76. Your site is addictive! I would put that $50 gift card towards a gift for my parents.

  77. Handmade gifts ARE the best! I would buy something for our new house~ moving in January.

  78. I love the creativity in your family. The stories behind each gift are so inspiring. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  79. Sheets, towels, and shoes. Items we will be excited about and can use all year. Seriously. ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Love the handmade idea! We are doing that for the first time this year with my husband’s family. I’d buy books for my husband with the gift card. He is having surgery this week and will have a long recovery, and books would be perfect to pass the time. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  81. These are fantastic! What wonderful, meaningful gifts.

  82. Love your tradition of hand made gifts. What a wonderful family story.

    I would by books for my neices and nephews if I won the gift card!

  83. Hi Kari Anne. Books, Books, Books! They are on my shopping list and boy would the gift card to Amazon help! Love your blog and thanks for the chance!

  84. I look forward to receiving your email everyday! Thank you! If I win the gift card I would purchase ingredients for skin care to ward off our dry and chapped skin!

  85. Well, as much as I would like to use the card for myself, I would buy my kids some books for Christmas.

  86. I would buy more yarn to finish out all my Christmas gifts!!! Everyone’s presents this year are handmade!! (Including someone’s great silver spoon ideas!) Merry Christmas!!

  87. I would buy a Barbie corvette for my daughter.

  88. I think I would give it to my son so he could pick out something for himself. Thank you!

  89. Great gift ideas. Love the gift your brother made from the fallen tree. Many thanks for the chance to win your give away. Amazon is a site I can’t live without. They have everything!!

  90. Every year Kari Anne, I look forward to what you and your siblings lovingly created for one another. I love each and every one, and the story that accompanies each! Merry Christmas to you and all of yours!!!
    Oh, I know I’d use the gift certificate for my little curly-haired, brown-eyed, very busy year old grandson…what a gift he is!

  91. Wow, I love all of those! We’re still at the doily and homemade soap phase. We’ll try to kick it up a notch next year. ..
    Karen U

  92. one year my brother made copies of our passports when we were little to give to the siblings
    we were so darling! ha!
    I would save the gift card until I found just the thing….

  93. Of course it would be something for one of my 3 boys…I have seen a remote control helicopter there that is on one list and I can never go wrong with Lego’s or books!

  94. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. You are so creative, but I see it runs in the family!!
    I would get a fabulous bracelet with the gift card because you can never have enough bangles!!!

  95. KariAnne,

    I love Amazon! I read everything and anything unabashedly on my kindle I got from my daughter Maria.
    Your Christmas tradition with your siblings is priceless.

    Christine

  96. Thanks, KariAnne, for a great giveaway. I’d buy books! My family are all bookaholics and a gift card would be wonderful! Hope you have a blessed Christmas!

  97. I’ve been following you for so long I think I remember each and every one of these gifts! I especially love the one your sister made with the words from your blog…it’s good to know your family supports what you do!

    Jane xx

  98. I would buy a heater. My husband has lost his job and we need one.

  99. charlotte sparks :

    I would use the money to go toward a kitchenaid mixer, so my life would be easier!

  100. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s handmade gifts! If I won the gift card, I would buy something special for my husband…

  101. I’d buy my mother some really good dark chocolate, because she’s really been craving it lately, and at 79, I’m gonna make sure she gets whatever she wants for Christmas!

  102. I would buy Christmas movies!! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  103. I would get my husband a nice new robe. His looks quite dismal all of the sudden. (At least that’s when I noticed it, all of the sudden)

  104. Thanks for all the cute ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  105. not sure, have to think about it…

  106. Merry Christmas to you and your family! My mom needs a new toilet. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, my husband hasn’t worked in several months so it would help us provide some Christmas for our sweet family.

  107. I would give it to my daughter for books

  108. I would buy the Zoomer dog my daughter has been asking for.

  109. I’d buy myself a cordless power drill.

  110. I would buy a beautiful art book.

  111. I love the wooden bowl made from a tree; I’m going to sweet-talk my husband into trying that! As for what I would put under the tree, books for sure. My wish list for beautiful design books is a mile long!

  112. Lovely ideas! I would buy MORE books for my husband of almost 46 years.

  113. Riding boots are on my wishlist this year. This would definitely help out! Thanks!

  114. $0? Fifty dollars? FIFTY DOLLARS!!!

    What a TERRIFIC giveaway!

  115. I would put it towards a Tablet purchase,this old laptop I’m on is on it’s last leg…Thanks so much for sharing Your Homemade gifts.which I would LOVE to be the one on the receiving end for sure!! hoping to start a new tradition in Our Family..Have a Blessed Day. Cindy……

  116. Very creative family. I would use an Amazon card toward some books I’ be been wanting.

  117. I would enroll in an art class in Savannah with artist, Bellamy, who paints a lot of paintings for Jane Coslick. Jane decorated the cottage you stayed in at Tybee. This would be my Christmas present to me. Love all your wonderful family gifts. I wrote a column for “Sew Beautiful” for eight years. I am making booklets of my columns for my children and grandchildren for Christmas.

  118. It’s a pleasure to see that there are those who still make homemade Christmas gifts. It is a joyful thing for me to make gifts for my friends and receiving the same from them. What would I buy? I would spend the gift card on my husband of 40 years who is Bibliophile!! To be able to give him something he loves this year is a special joy for me because we have spent the last 3 1/2 years sharing time with our 3 children and their families because we lost our position in 2011 and have been unable to find another. To give him a Bible as a surprise would be the joy of my heart!!!

  119. L would use the gift card to buy my dear husband a new fishing life vest. I want him to be around for many more years!!!

  120. Pamela Bolton :

    I am giving my kids and grandkids Amazon gift cards this year rather than spend hundreds of dollars on shipping around the country. I would use this gift card for my 89 year old mother in Texas

  121. Tina Matteson :

    I would use it to buy some books I have in my Amazon shopping cart! I love your ideas, KariAnne.

  122. What special gifts! I took my parents’ old home movies and had them transferred to DVD for my sister and my nephew (the son of my late brother). Those memories are precious. I’d love the card to buy some special toys for my great niece and nephew.

  123. sherri antley :

    I think I would buy a Christmas gift for my daughter who is having her first baby.

  124. There’s something in my eye… hmmm… wasn’t there before! Now both eyes…

    Very special post KariAnne. This is a really wonderful idea.

  125. I would buy something for my husband.

  126. I still have some Christmas gifts to pick up – this gift card would help with the expense.

  127. Always look forward to your posts and projects, delightful! I can’t even begin to know what I’d use it for but I sure would enjoy!!

  128. Great ideas KariAnne! I would buy some movies!

  129. Cookbooks. I would definitely buy a coyote of cookbooks on my wish list.

  130. I would buy art supplies and books for myself. I love your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

  131. Hi KariAnne I would use the gift card to buy some new cookbooks! Love your blog and your wonderful sense of humor!!! Happy Holidays!!

  132. Books are a great gift.

  133. I would buy crafting supplies like chalkboard paint, chalk paint pens, acrylic paint etc. We are a family of crafters and you have so many great ideas here.

  134. I’d have to gift it forward to someone else I know who needs it.

  135. Love, Love, Love, your handmade gifts. I need to make this a resolution as well for 2015, I’m sure the holidays would not be as stressful if I planned ahead and created gifts early! Another resolution…LOL, not to procrastinate! As for the gift card, I am thinking of purchasing the Elf on a Shelf / with book, I think our kindergarten students would just love it!

  136. When my first hubby and I were married with limited funds to spend and loads of creativity, I made all the ladies Christmas gifts and he made all the mens. He was big into tooling leather and made belts and wallets. Our gifts were always a hit and we continued to get better as we went along. I visited my ex Mother-In-Law some 20 years after my divorce and she still had the barnwood sconces we made and burned in country scenes on the wood (we both had farms). I continue to make gifts but buy too now. What great memories.

  137. You are such a gift to us all! How delightful to share portions of your life through your blog.
    God Bless.

  138. Trudi McDaniel :

    What a wonderful traditions! These gifts are truly priceless. That’s quite a bit a talent running through your family!

  139. Can’t imagine what you are doing with the tree rounds, but I know I will probably be impressed! I would probably buy something to use in my house if I were to win the Amazon give-a-way!

  140. Your siblings and you have a wonderful tradition that has made beautiful gifts to treasure. I would use the Amazon gift card to buy craft supplies – and inspire my boys to make gifts for each other and start a similar tradition ๐Ÿ™‚

  141. I love your handmade gift ideas! I would love to use an Amazon card to order Modern Family for my husband.

  142. ScanDisk – iXpand 32GB USB 2.0/Lightning Flash Drive

  143. I would buy the books I always see on Amazon that look SO good, but never do because I have books that I have not finished yet:) Thank you for the chance!

  144. I would buy lots of books for Women’s Bible Studies or Devotionals for gifts. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  145. thanks for the giveaway! i love amazon for so many things, but i’m hoping to buy my husband a watch from there for christmas.

  146. I would buy my boys more clothes!

  147. i would buy my family books for their stockings. So nice of you to do this giveaway.

  148. Miz karianne, I know we aren’t supposed to be envious of others…..but I really do envy you and your creative family! I can hardly wait to see what everyone does this year….do the kids participate also? Thank you for the opportunity to win the gift card. I’d have to take my time on Amazon and choose something special, so as to remember it came from you!

  149. Thank you for your heart-warming stories and gifts. I would buy my Mama a large print Bible because her eyes aren’t as strong as they once were.

  150. I would probably buy something special for my hubby. We don’t usually exchange gifts … we save our money for a getaway later in the year … but he surely deserves something special.

  151. Kathie Egbert :

    I make gifts for all my family also. It is much more personal and heartfelt, love your families creativity. If I won this give a way I would probably spend it on parts and pieces for my junk crafting.

  152. I’d buy some chalk paint to make some gifts….

  153. I would put it towards the Barbie Dreamhouse that my daughter wants!

  154. I love your blog. You know how you ask a question and then respond like you’ve heard the answer….it makes me feel like we are old friends chatting. And you know there is no better recommendation than one that comes from a friend. So…I would totally use the gift card towards the purchase of the Cannon EF 50mm f/1.8 camera lens. Your blog stories seem to be short but I think because so much information and detail is conveyed from the beautiful photos….a picture is worth a thousand words.

  155. I love homemade gifts–giving and receiving them! Thanks for the inspiration!

  156. I would put it towards some new perfume for mama! I’ve been needing some more for a while but haven’t wanted to splurge on myself with all the Christmas obligations. Thanks for the opportunity! Happy holidays to you and your family! Love the chalkboard by the way. Fun idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  157. I would like to buy a blu ray player.

  158. Love the acorn nativity! What creative gifts. Inspiring!

  159. I’d buy some painted dinner plates I’ve been admiring at Anthropologie.

  160. Helen McCaul Cox :

    I would buy books for my children.

  161. I…honestly I’m not sure but I’d likely buy something for either my son or my parents. I lost my health insurance in October and have been paying for my medication out of pocket. Rather, my parents have been because I’m taking the meds for a condition that makes it hard to find or be employed. Anyway, they’ve fine above and beyond to help. And of course I always want to spoil my son once in a while.

  162. Books! Love your blog!

  163. I would buy some new dinosaur books for my 6 year old grandson.

  164. What great ideas! You are so talented and inspiring! Love reading about you and your family. Merry Christmas!

  165. I’d buy some of those green canning jars they have this season.

  166. What a sweet, sweet story… I love the idea of a love letter book.

    If I won the gift card, I would buy new flannel sheets for my guest room to make it more welcoming and cozy for my visiting children over the Christmas holidays.

  167. I’d buy new kitchen towels from Antropologie

  168. Oh my goodness, where to begin. I would use it to help purchase a CD player, mine has gone to the Land
    of Broken Music Players. I miss the music from the Christmas cds that are normally played in December.
    Thinking positive thoughts.

  169. Blessie Nelson :

    I would buy a activity center for my little guy to learn to walk and develop!

  170. Diana Sherrill :

    I would either purchase books OR fabric for NICU charity quilts. With a sale, I could do both!

  171. Most likely I would buy gifts for my family..TY

  172. With an Amazon gift card I would purchase a few new books that have been hanging around on my list. Reading is my quiet time.

  173. I had trouble trying to add a comment. It’s because I’m technically challenged!

    If I won, I would donate it to our small town local charity that provides food, clothing,school supplies,etc. to needy families in our small town.

    There, but for the grace of God, I go…

  174. Hmmm….Wow! There are so many things I could use buy with the gift card…decor, books, crates for organizing my craft room, etc. I think I would use it to buy my husband a really nice meat thermometer for his new smoker. He keeps having to borrow his dad’s and needs one all his own.

  175. There are gifts I’ve been looking at for my daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and grandson on Amazon ~ now I just have to narrow it down to which ones.

    Happy Holidays! And thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  176. I would buy my youngest sons drawing book that he wants. It’s a book to learn to draw animals.

  177. Jennifer Essad :

    I’d buy a stool for my counter/bar that I I’ve been wanting for ever !

  178. Love all your homemade gifts. I also made Christmas gifts this year. If I won the gift card, I probably use it for supplies for crafting.

  179. I would buy some sewing accessories to use to finish my daughter’s room that we are redoing for Christmas. Thanks for the chance!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks also for all of your inspiring ideas!!

  180. you have such amazing ideas and help to inspire in me creativity i have not used in years.

  181. June Marshall :

    It would probably go into the Create fund and get used as inspiration hits. Your blog is very inspiring and a joy to read. Thanks for sharing.
    P.S. I have a pail of wood rounds too – I won’t say what I’m making with them ๐Ÿ™‚

  182. I just signed up to get emails from your blog. Looking it over I’m like why did I not find it sooner. Such wonderful ideas.

  183. Tommy Reynolds :

    I would get books off our wishlist!

  184. Missy Elam Mangum :

    I would buy dolls of color (which are hard to find) to give to our local Salvation Army toy distribution. My children have worked there Christmases past and are humbled by how much we have.

  185. I’m not sure what I would use it for at this moment, but it would be good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  186. I’d buy some wooden blocks for my daughter.

  187. The gift card would be used to purchase beautiful frames that I would fill with family photos and gift to my Dad, who lives 750 miles away from his grandchildren!!!

  188. Wow Kari Anne! What a showcase of talent! I especially loved your book you made for your dad. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift that probably gave him more comfort than you know. Life is too precious and short to not cherish (and spoil when possible) those that are important in our lives!

    As for the gift card? I have a sister who has been in the hospital for almost two months now and just got moved to a rehabilitation facility, and with the hospital bills she won’t have much. She is thousands of miles away from me so I can’t go help her with that. I’d love to send the card to her so she could do some shopping for her kids.

    May you have a Blessed Christmas!

    Karen

  189. I would buy fabric to sew for my grand daughter.

  190. I would use the gift card to get a present for my MIL who is visting this year all the way from France!

  191. I love your handmade gift ideas! So great ๐Ÿ™‚ If I won the Amazon gift card I would buy something for my boyfriend. There are several things he has on his wishlist and his birthday is 10 days after Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win!

  192. I LOVE that your family exchanges homemade gifts. Ours stopped giving gifts when we got too large in numbers. These gifts cost very little but like you said, they are priceless. The thing-a-ma-jig that you give someone will probably just end up at a yard sale. These gifts are for generations.

  193. new running shoes!

  194. I’d buy something for my living room.

  195. A Bible for my little boy who is learning to read.

  196. colleen from Alabama :

    Probably some fun stuff for my husband! Or, I might just give him the gift card! He is the hardest person to buy for, EVER.

  197. Awesome creations and wonderful stories behind each one!

  198. A work station for my dremel tool or a kreg jig

  199. My husband missed an entire week of work due to flu, we all had it (I still do), so it would buy Christmas presents.

  200. Gretchen Neal :

    Oh, what a wonderful treat winning that would be!! I would put the $50.00 towards a real nice pair of work shoes for the Hubs! Merry Christmas!!

  201. I’d buy my grandchildren books! You can never have too many books!

  202. I would use it to buy a gift for my 2 brothers! thanks for the chance!

    I’m in AWE of the amazing handmade gifts your family exchanges! WOW! so beautiful, creative & impressive!

    Happy Holidays!!

  203. I’d order some essential oils that are on my amazon wish list. I love using them for cleaning and fragrancing my home, and for making home-made skincare products.

  204. i would buy a few gifts for my hubby that did not fit inthe budget before ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe some slippers and a few movies .

  205. Yay for Amazon giveaway! The grandkids heart heart heart Amazon…and now Im an Amazon love-ah
    Always love seeing ur blog sitting in my mail box ๐Ÿ˜‰

  206. I would buy a gift for my husband for his classroom. He teaches high school technology and is always looking for creative hands on activities for his students.

  207. I would put it towards the last minute items that was put on the back burner.

  208. Honestly, I don’t know what I would buy. But it would definitely be something to give as a gift- I am so indescribably lucky to have such a supportive family.

  209. Not sure…maybe music for my sisters.

  210. Thanks for the chance at a giveaway! I’d use the card to dwindle down my long list of want-to-buys.

  211. I would probably buy paint. I want to paint my bathroom and bedroom. I love the acorn nativity! So creative!

  212. something special for my husband since we don’t normally give each other gifts ๐Ÿ™‚