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7 things you can make instead of buying

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 3, 2010, 12:10 p.m.
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Homemade gifts save money and unnecessary packaging — plus, the time, effort and creativity involved in making something yourself is often appreciated more than a run-of-the-mill generic gift. If you’ve decided to make your own beer and wine, soaps and perfumes, or jams and jellies, these make perfect gifts. Design a decorative label for the wine bottle, craft a perfume with your friend’s favorite flower, wrap that homemade biscotti up and add a bow, or make your grandmother's famous huckleberry jam and give it to the family.


Here are some other great gift ideas that are sure to be appreciated.

• Elegant and inexpensive homemade gifts

• DIY gift resources

• Best of homemade food gifts

• Waste-free gifts for mom

• Soy candles

• Jewelry boxes

• Advent calendar

• Paper lanterns