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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