Gifts With Your Own Personal Twist

We took your ideas for what to give loved ones and threw in a few of our own.
Wade Kwon

Give the Joy of Eating
Even with all the holiday dinners, food remains popular to give and to receive. Joy Bricking of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, adds a jar of overnight coffee cake mix to gift baskets. Recipients can prepare the ingredients on Christmas Eve, store it in the refrigerator, and then bake it on Christmas morning.

Ellen Harrison of Winnsboro, South Carolina, puts homemade salsa in canning jars for her "Feliz Navidad Salsa." Olé!

Need gifts for your colleagues or your children's teachers? Jeanne Coleman of Canton, Georgia, makes mini pound cakes and peppermint bark to put in pretty bags.

We suggest printing personal labels to add a homey touch to your tasty food gifts.

All the Trimmings
Everyone needs ornaments for the Christmas tree. Judy L. Hall of Fort Worth, Texas, suggested an ornament exchange: Every family member makes one to trade and one to keep.

Melissa Dingerson of Cape Coral, Florida, buys one for each of her children, sticking with those imprinted with the year.

Make It Up
After taking classes, Jean O'Shields of Fort Valley, Georgia, turns her new skills into homemade gifts, from embroidering monograms onto hand towels to making holly soap.

Here's an idea for those without craft-making skills: Give the gift of time. Plan a weekend getaway for you and your loved ones, doing something everyone will enjoy.

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