I think some of the best gifts are homemade or local handmade products. I love receiving unique homemade gifts especially for things I can use like consumable food gifts or pampering things like handmade soap. Since I preserve our garden harvests, I decided to make these home canning homestead gift baskets as wedding and Christmas gifts this year.
I made this homestead home canning basket for my cousin as a wedding gift in August. I remember working so hard to get pasta sauce and grape jelly canned a few days before her wedding just so I would have them for the gift basket. We already had honey and pear butter, but I wanted more to fill in the basket.
This is not an easy gift to make as the home canning takes a lot of time and effort and procuring all of the extras to fill in the basket takes a lot of time spent shopping, but it's a unique personal gift that I think anyone would love to receive. Also, when filling a basket like this, the costs can quickly add up so you'll want to shop sales as much as possible. If you can plan ahead and keep an eye out for coordinating linens and things for your basket, you will save a lot of time and money.
Here is where I found all of the items for this wedding gift basket.
Harvest basket, wooden spoon, and cream colored towel: Hobby Lobby
White tea towels: Rural King
Green towel, Plaid towel, and striped napkins: Kirklands
Bow was made by my husband from a roll of plaid ribbon: Walmart
Since I had a couple of months to plan my Christmas homestead baskets and I was making several of them for family and friends, I wanted to save money on baskets and get just the right baskets. I knew that I would be paying $10-$20 per basket at Hobby Lobby and they were sold out of the harvest style baskets I liked so I started checking local antique and thrift stores. We have two really nicely run local thrift stores near us. One is run by one of our churches and the other by an organization that funds scholarships for local students in the medical field. The most I paid for one of my thrifted baskets was $4.50 from an antique store. I made more than 10 gift baskets for Christmas presents so this was a significant savings. I could not find as many baskets as I needed that I really liked, so I used some nice gift boxes that I already had or purchased at Dollar Tree for some of the smaller baskets. You could use sturdy gift bags for small homestead gifts.
Where I found supplies for the gold Christmas basket above:
Andes mints in wrapped package: Walmart
White tea towels: Rural King
Plaid towel: Hobby Lobby
Yankee Candle: Walmart
Tumbler and hot pads: Dollar Tree
3 jars of home canned items
Gold plaid bow made from ribbon I already had
I made a harvest basket like this for both my parents and my in-laws. They were very similar in contents.
Where I found supplies for the Christmas harvest basket:
Harvest basket: We already had one and I found a second one in an antique store.
Christmas towels: Church thrift store
Gold towel: JoAnn's Fabrics
White tea towel: Rural King
Popcorn: Rural King
Necco Wafers: Save-A-Lot
5 jars of home canned items
Another cute basket style that I found at our church thrift store.
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I found these chalkboard tags (affiliate link) at Dollar Tree and signed them with a silver sharpie. They add the perfect touch.
Are you gifting any homemade gifts? I would love to hear what you are making.
Check out these harvest baskets (affiliate link) and this oval willow basket (affiliate link)
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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