Gift Guides
Sep 1, 2008

Holiday gifts from the heart


Holiday gifts from the heart Author: Style At Home

Gift Guides
Sep 1, 2008

Holiday gifts from the heart

The holidays are a time of sharing and caring, and nothing shows caring quite like homemade gifts. We have the best in homemade gift ideas, from food and feasts to future family heirlooms. 

Happy holidays!

Homemade gift ideas from the heart
Vintage monograms
The monogramming of linen to (literally) mark a special occasion is a time-honoured tradition adopted by kings and farm wives alike to personalize life's precious moments. Give the gift of a future family heirloom!

Antique brooches

Whether they're delicate and quiet or bold and colourful, brooches have a classic charm and old-world quality that makes them a favourite family heirloom. Two elegant gift ideas.

10 retro children's toys made new
Wondering what to put under the tree for the kids this year? Try looking to the past!  We opened the history books to find which retro toys are still clocking play hours with children—thanks to that magical something that makes them classic.

Homemade beauty treatments
Sometimes, all you need are natural ingredients and a bit of time to whip up your very own beauty solutions. These recipes, feature items you can find easily, even in your cupboard!

Turn a collectible into a desk lamp
Let's face it-there is a fine line between artful display and collectible chaos. Try this bright idea: turn your memorabilia into a desk lamp.

Pressed botanicals
For the nature-lover on your list, the how-to guide for making your own pressed botanicals.

Monogrammed memory box
Create a place to store all strewn-about treasures – in a monogrammed memory box. Perfect as a gift, this easy-to-make project gives you a gorgeous way to organize your home.

What gardeners want: Great gifts for green thumbs
Whether you're buying for a master gardener or a novice, we know what they want. Straight from the mouths of gardeners themselves, what the horticulturally-inclined give and get for Christmas.

Books we love
From cookbooks to decorating books on every room in the house, give the gift of knowledge with a book!

Holiday goodies to give
Orange sour cream bundt cake
This velvety-textured cake hails from the kitchen of veteran cake baker Malcah Sufrin. You can serve it with the syrup or an orange glaze. Either way, add orange sections and blueberries to each serving if you like.

Chocolate clementine and ginger truffles

Delicious (and decadent!) truffles to make and share. But don't worry, we won't hold it against you if you keep them all for yourself!

Sticky toffee pudding and whisky sauce
Sweet meets sophisticated with these toffee puddings and sauce. Don't be surprised if they disappear without a trace!

Christmas shortbread
A classic holiday treat gets an addictive update with dried cranberries and white chocolate. Don't say we didn't warn you...

Pomegranate jelly
A twist on the traditional jelly: The super fruit pomegranate gets preserved when turned into a savoury spread. 

Tree trimming party buffet
Give the gift of family and friends: Whether for two people or 20, our no-fuss tree-trimming party buffet means more time for you to spend with the ones you love


The final touches
Homemade gift tags
With a little ingenuity and a few dollars spent at a local craft store, presents with personality can be yours to give. Take gift-wrapping to a new level with heartfelt labels to match the theme of your gift.

Stylish wrapping ideas
Stylish gift-wrapping doesn't have to mean stretching the bank to purchase a myriad of gilded, glamorous and glossy papers. Create dazzlingly different holiday delights for everyone on your list, courtesy of an investment in a selection of brilliantly coloured ribbon and a bit of imagination.

Handmade holiday greetings
If you’re like us, receiving a steady stream of envelopes in the mail in December (and not a bill among them!) is up there with the first snowfall and watching the same sappy movies time after time. Add a handmade element to cards for those special someones, using simple ideas and easy techniques.

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