Five Homemade Gifts You Can Make in 10 Minutes

Posted on 11/30/2012

Homemade gifts are a great option for several reasons. First, they're unique and that makes them more special than something you can find at 15,000 shopping malls across the country. Secondly, handmade gifts can be more inexpensive than store bought versions. And finally, when you choose one of these homemade gifts you'll have them done and wrapped long before you could make it through the checkout line at Walmart.

Hot Cocoa Mix Turn some plain craft store jars into an adorable gift when you fill them with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows. Find out how to make this gift even cuter using mini candy canes, linen squares and a glue gun with tips from

Bubble Magnets
Bubble magnets are super easy to make and very affordable. Whip up a batch in minutes using glass rocks, magazine clippings and a round magnet. Find the simple instructions at

Paperclip Earrings
Open your desk drawer to start this crafty gift project. Pull out some paper clips, shape them, and decorate them with cotton string using the photos at as a guide. Clamp on some earring hooks and you have a one-of-a-kind handmade gift.

Homemade Play Dough
Pick up some flour on sale at the supermarket. Combine it with easy ingredients like food coloring, vegetable oil, salt and cream of tar tar to make your own batch of homemade play dough. Find the complete instructions at Package it with seasonal cookie cutters for a fun gift for little ones on your list.

Candy Sticks
These Candy Sticks fall into the category of semi-homemade. Combine store-bought peppermint sticks with some melted chocolate and nonpareils to create festive treats. Let Martha Stewart help you with the packaging and you'll have a great gift for neighbors, Sunday school teachers, or mail carriers.

By Alison Storm

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