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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Six Non-Food Gifts to Make and Give with Love. Great gifts anytime of the year!

We, like so many other families have, by choice we have smalled-down our Gift wish lists and gift buying adventures. In all the time since we have had this new gift giving guide in place we have had the same wonderful, happy celebrations just like we always did. And it turns out, the gifts given were actually more personal, made with love, and given with pride. We invite you to come and take a look at a few suggestions...

I don't know a better way to celebrate, than a well thought out, homemade gift. Recently I created a list of Twelve Delicious Gifts of Food and Love From Your Kitchen, which will help you for all the loved ones in your family and on your gift list that will be getting a gift from the kitchen. But for some, a non-food gift is really what they would like! Or maybe even need...and sometimes fulfilling a need is the best gift of all. 

And while I do love Scratch Made Food! there is the other side of the blog, our easy and useful ways to make your own DIY Homemade Household. Some of these projects are quite easy, and others are a bit more involved or would make a fun family project, with the finished item, quite the gift to give! And as a final thought, a gift certificate for a homemade gift is always a great option. These work great for services being offered as the gift. 

I am also keenly aware of the possible time constraints a busy season (possibly everyday depending upon your own household?) puts on us all, so for those seeking calm (and, aren't we all!?) here is a little ditty that will help keep the gift count under control...and still offer a happy celebration for the folks on your list. I have used this for years. First with my children, as well as other family members and now for my grandchildren. Works great for birthdays, a major celebrated accomplishment and even Christmas. Pick one or pick them all depending upon the celebration. 

Something you want,
Something you need,
Something to wear,
Something to read!

So let's get started shall we?

Do you have a bird lover on your list of folks receiving gits this year? Give them a gift certificate for a Bird Habitat. It can be as big as you have supplies for or to fit into the amount of space available. A few pallets and some miscellaneous items to stuff into the openings and you are good to go. We built this large habitat for our Montana home, but a bird habitat is everything you want, and not necessarily what other's have built. 

This is a wonderful way to recycle, help the bird population and make your favorite bird lover very happy in the process. The gift of your time given, is always cherished. We are now in the process of making another one here in East Texas. It turns out that we are bird lovers everywhere we go. 


If you have a loved one, who has a difficult time getting to sleep or staying asleep, this Homemade Wedge Pillow might help. This is also perfect for the reader in the family. There is nothing better than pure comfort when reading in bed. Plus it is handy for those that like a bit of TV before falling asleep. Maybe this Homemade Wedge Pillow is the gift for them. All you need is a stack of pillows and some basic sewing skills, and a button or two. 

A great gift for those wanting to eliminate commercially made products from their households would be a small basket of these Woolen Dryer Balls. They are fun to make and are the ultimate recycling of that old wool sweater you no longer use. I have had these for at least 10 years and they still work great, not as pretty as when first made, but they have never let me down. PS, it works best if it is 100% wool...

Give a giant outdoor wreath, made with a hula hoop! This is the perfect gift for that person on your list that loves to decorate the outside of their home for Christmas. This big d├ęcor piece can be customized for them and will be enjoyed for years to come. This is fun to make and would be a great project for the whole family to take part in, and give!

Do you have a new chicken keeper on your list? This Egg Shovel will come in handy! Because as it turns out, the ladies don't always lay their eggs in the nesting boxes...How about giving the shovel along with a certificate to come and gather the eggs if they want or need to be out of town for the weekend. You just might find you love being a Chicken Whisperer along with the fresh eggs nd get your own flock!

For anyone on your list that loves a clean kitchen, because they can't wait to get back to cooking, or because company is on their way over, make them a jar of Homemade Counter Wipes. Easy, food safe and reusable. So handy to have on the counter and they keep the kitchen messes to a minimum. Use any container with a lid, especially one that they will enjoy having on their counter. 

Looking for more DIY ideas? Scroll through our Catalog of Tips, Tricks and Recipes for more great ideas.

UPDATED: 11.08.2023
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  1. Lots of ideas here. I like the dryer balls, hula hoop wreath, and the counter wipes! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 93. Shared.

    1. Dee, thank you so much. Have a great week ahead, take care.

  2. I love this idea. The celebration is so much more meaningful with personalized gifts!

    1. Thank you Judee! I love to celebrate most everything, and this "smalled-down" version is so much more affordable, no one needs to feel left out!

  3. What a thoughtful gift list Melynda and I'm sure they would be suitable for friends or family. Gift giving can really become over the top and easy just to buy something online without really giving thought to whether the receiver can use the gift. It is also a change from food but I will look at your Twelve Delicious Gifts of Food post too. Have a lovely week.

    1. Thank you! We have made a few changes these past few years with travel being a focus and a small living space. But our celebrations have not suffered in the change, if anything gifts have become more thoughtful. Thank you for stopping by.


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