I plan to do some salt clay handprint ornaments for my kids' grandparents. All of them are getting to the points in their lives where they have everything they could want and are starting to downsize, so stuff from their grandkids will be appreciated. I was thinking of doing some spice mixes or rubs, perhaps baked cookies for people at work. I make pepperkrakor cookies every year for St. Lucia day. This year I may take some in to work. I am also thinking about snatching up some wool sweaters from our free recycling areas, washing them in hot water to create boiled/felted wool, then cutting and sewing mittens. It is a local variation of sorts on Swedish lovikka mittens. They are VERY warm. My cousins, siblings, aunts and uncles are the tough ones - I want to get them something nice, but I don't want to create credit card debt for myself. I will also have to mail these items, so shipping creates another expense. I am interested to see what else gets posted here!
Peperrkrakor cookies are a traditional Scandinavaian cookie made iwht clove, ginger and cinnamon. There are some recipes floating around on the web. It is a cookie that not everyone makes, yet has along history so I think it is good for gifts. They are also really good with plain tea or coffee - its like they bring out one anothers flavors.
Another idea for frugal gifts is homemade herbal cough drops. Bettina from our own Bellaonline.com's herbal site has posted instructions. Thoughtful and seasonally appropriate! I like the scrapbook idea. I live far away from my extended family,s o keeping in touch is hard. Mini scrapbooks that are tailored to each family member is personal, can keep old memories alive and also be useful o keep in touch,more than just phone call or face book post.
Oh, I my kids have made those before! another variation is to smear peanut butter on toilet paper or paper towel tube, then roll it in sunflower seeds. run string through the top for a hanger. I saw a great tree ornament on Facebook where a star was formed out of cinnamon sticks, then a few greens and berries were attached. THat would be a nice ornament for both Christians and nature based pagans.