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.  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. 🙂

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Letters from Box 54

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

The love story is priceless.

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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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 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  have a very Merry Christmas. 🙂

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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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Songbird 

Christmas Window Sill

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Remodelaholic

Easy Tip for Hanging Stockings

Comments

  1. Image for Pam Clark Pam Clark

    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. Image for Pam Clark Pam Clark

    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. Image for Teresa R Teresa R

    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

  4. Image for Robin Stephens 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!

  5. Image for Sandy Sandy

    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.

  6. Image for Alison P Alison P

    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!!

  7. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    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

  8. Image for Lesley G. Lesley G.

    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 :)

  9. Image for Gina Gina

    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.

  10. Image for Sue B. Sue B.

    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.

  11. Image for Mo Mo

    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....

    1. Image for Mo Mo

      whoops hit submit before telling you what I would do with the gift card :) I would buy some craft supplies for my crafty 12 yr old granddaughters!

  12. Image for Theresa Kane Theresa Kane

    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.

  13. Image for Judy Judy

    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.

  14. Image for Cindy Cindy

    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!:)

  15. Image for Sarah Fink Sarah Fink

    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.

  16. Image for Peg Peg

    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!

  17. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    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!! ;-)

  18. Image for Joy Pinkerton 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 ;)))

  19. Image for Kim H. Kim H.

    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!

  20. Image for Kathy Schermerhorn 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.

  21. Image for Cindy@Diybeautify Cindy@Diybeautify

    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 :-) Thank you! Maybe at the next event I'll be able to string a couple sentences together, lol!

  22. Image for sydney85 sydney85

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

  23. Image for Carol Carol

    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.

  24. Image for Debbie Nolker 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 :-)

  25. Image for Heather C Heather C

    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.

  26. Image for Lauren Lauren

    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! :)

  27. Image for Ann Ann

    These are great ideas! AND..........these will last for a long time and the memories forever! :) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Merry Christmas!

  28. Image for Anna Anna

    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! :)

  29. Image for SuZeQ SuZeQ

    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 ...

  30. Image for Sheila Laurence 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!

  31. Image for Michelle L Michelle L

    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.

  32. Image for Yvonne Yvonne

    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!

  33. Image for Kari Kari

    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.

  34. Image for Annaliza R Annaliza R

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

  35. Image for Karen Karen

    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

  36. Image for Carol Carol

    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.

  37. Image for Debbie Debbie

    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!

  38. Image for Deb Deb

    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

  39. Image for Lori Kolecki Lori Kolecki

    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

  40. Image for Andrea Andrea

    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!!!!!

  41. Image for Patricia Patricia

    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.

  42. Image for Maureen Maureen

    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.

  43. Image for Leta Leta

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

  44. Image for Michele Michele

    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!

  45. Image for Shelley Shelley

    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!

  46. Image for Laurie Laurie

    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!

  47. Image for Chris Chris

    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!

  48. Image for Shannon M. Shannon M.

    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!!

  49. Image for GinaE GinaE

    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!!

  50. Image for Michelle Michelle

    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!

  51. Image for Karen U Karen U

    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

  52. Image for Ruby Ruby

    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....

  53. Image for Nanette Nanette

    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!

  54. Image for Sandy Sandy

    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!!!

  55. Image for Christine Christine

    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

  56. Image for Debbie Debbie

    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!

  57. Image for Jane Jane

    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

  58. Image for Mercy Heston Mercy Heston

    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!

  59. Image for Gena in Texas Gena in Texas

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! My mom needs a new toilet. :) Also, my husband hasn't worked in several months so it would help us provide some Christmas for our sweet family.

  60. Image for michelle michelle

    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!

  61. Image for Cindy Trobaugh Cindy Trobaugh

    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......

  62. Image for Jerry Stocks Jerry Stocks

    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.

  63. Image for Debrah Nash Debrah Nash

    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!!!

  64. Image for Mary Ann Mary Ann

    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!!!

  65. Image for Pamela Bolton 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

  66. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    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.

  67. Image for Tracy Tracy

    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!!

  68. Image for Mary Mary

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

  69. Image for Judith M. Judith M.

    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.

  70. Image for sammijo sammijo

    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!

  71. Image for Terry Terry

    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.

  72. Image for Trudi McDaniel Trudi McDaniel

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

  73. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    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!

  74. Image for Harmony Harmony

    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 :)

  75. Image for Lisa W. Lisa W.

    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!

  76. Image for Debbie Debbie

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

  77. Image for megan megan

    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.

  78. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    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!

  79. Image for Judy S. Judy S.

    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.

  80. Image for Mrs.T Mrs.T

    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.

  81. Image for Kathie Egbert 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.

  82. Image for Shelley Shelley

    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.

  83. Image for Erin P Erin P

    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! :)

  84. Image for Rachel Komlo Rachel Komlo

    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.

  85. Image for Sonya B. Sonya B.

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

  86. Image for beverly e beverly e

    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.

  87. Image for Lea Lea

    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.

  88. Image for JoEllen JoEllen

    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.

  89. Image for mollycat mollycat

    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...

  90. Image for Charity Charity

    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.

  91. Image for Dani H Dani H

    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!

  92. Image for Renee Lane Renee Lane

    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.

  93. Image for Dawn H Dawn H

    I would buy some sewing accessories to use to finish my daughter's room that we are redoing for Christmas. Thanks for the chance!! :) Thanks also for all of your inspiring ideas!!

  94. Image for June Marshall 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 :)

  95. Image for Debra White Debra White

    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.

  96. Image for Missy Elam Mangum 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.

  97. Image for Carrie Carrie

    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!!!

  98. Image for 4362Karen 4362Karen

    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

  99. Image for Terrie Terrie

    I love your handmade gift ideas! So great :) 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!

  100. Image for Kim L Kim L

    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.

  101. Image for colleen from Alabama 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.

  102. Image for Gretchen Neal 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!!

  103. Image for JoeyfromSC JoeyfromSC

    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!!

  104. Image for Amy L Amy L

    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.

  105. Image for Cyndy Cyndy

    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 ;)

  106. Image for Lisa G Lisa G

    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.

  107. Image for Heather Heather

    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.

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