We have all seen the e-mails about this fantastic idea to keep our money here, instead of buying gifts that were made in China and other places: Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition
- New Tradition: Free Gifts for Christmas!
- That’s a Wrap……(Fun, low cost Christmas holiday parties.)
- Cookie Exchange at Christmas
- Christmas-Helping Others Even When Money is Tight
- Inexpensive, Original, Christmas Gifts
- 10 elegant, inexpensive holiday gift ideas
- Heirloom Ornaments …video
- Simple Gift Ideas for Christmas
- Inexpensive Christmas Gifts
- Spice scented hot-pads
- Make Your Own Christmas Gifts
- Sugar scrub
- Chalkboard- super easy
- Martha Stewart
- Doing for Others Even When Money is Tight
Some here are handmade:
BOXES AND LABELS FOR THE GIFTS
Chocolate and Caramel Popcorn
Drizzle chocolate over caramel corn with nuts and pretzels for a sweet and salty Valentine’s Day gift. Courtesy Popcorn and nuts bathed with buttery caramel, crisped in the oven, some pretzel for that salty-sweet touch, and then drizzled with dark and white chocolate.
Caramel corn keeps well in sealed containers, so this would be a great gift, too.
12 cups popped popcorn
1 (9.75-ounce) can (2 cups) whole cashews
1 (5-ounce) bag (1 1/2 cups) pecan halves
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
1/2 cup white baking chips
1. Heat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn, cashews and pecans in large roasting pan.
2. Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil (7 to 8 minutes). Continue boiling 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda.
3. Pour butter mixture over popcorn mixture in pan; stir well. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven; place onto waxed paper or parchment paper. Cool completely. (Do not break into pieces.)
4. Place chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon shortening into resealable plastic food bag. Microwave on high (100 percent power) for 30 to 45 seconds; knead bag. Continue microwaving at 15 second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn mixture. Repeat with white baking chips and remaining 1/2 teaspoon shortening, microwaving on medium-high (70 percent power). Drizzle over popcorn mixture. Let stand until chocolate is set (3 to 4 hours). Break popcorn mixture into pieces.
Store in container with tight-fitting lid or resealable plastic food bag.
– adapted from Land O’Lakes
Don’t forget to go to pinterest.com and put in a word in the search box to look for crafts, DIY, the word Christmas or any word specific to what you want to make. There are also many tutorials on youtube.com
Just added! Was told to check these out. Haven’t had time to yet but here they are :