Over 25 Ideas for Experience and Homemade Christmas Gifts

When we talk about focusing on experiences versus things during the Holidays, the goal is not just to reduce clutter and save money. The goal is to foster time that focuses on relationships. Homemade Christmas gifts are one way to foster relationships while making the gifts, as well as after, when experiencing the gifts together.

Over 25 Homemade Christmas Gifts

Instead of just giving movie vouchers as a gift, plan a time to go to the movies together. When giving a homemade recipe book as a gift, set a date to host a potluck with people bringing food made from the recipe book. Plan the experience gift for the time that you will be together during the holidays, whether that is a cooking lesson or an outing to the nearest ice skating rink with hot chocolate.

12 ideas for Clutter Free Homemade Christmas Gifts:

  • Make a consumable gift that is your “specialty.” I love this recipe: 1 recipe= 4 different cookies.
  • Make homemade vouchers to give to family members:
    • coupons for babysitting,
    • mowing the lawn or raking leaves,
    • fixing things around the house,
    • cutting hair,
    • a birthday cake,
    • a special homemade meal, etc.
  • Make a photo calendar
  • Make a recipe book of family favorites
  • Plan a special outing during the holiday time when all the members of the family will be together:
    • ice skating with hot cocoa
    • Christmas light display
    • local holiday play or event

Over 25 Ideas for Clutter Free Homemade Christmas Gifts

13 Other Clutter Free Christmas Gifts:

  • A family portrait – plan for a family portrait while everyone is gathered together.
  • A cow, chick, or goat from World Vision or another relief organization
  • Restaurant vouchers
  • Movie vouchers
  • Theater tickets
  • Sports tickets
  • Gift Certificate for a Massage
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  • Cooking lessons
  • Music lessons
  • Family membership to local museums
  • Wine
  • Wine and Painting Night. This is so popular now isn’t it? I personally haven’t done it, but would love to do it together with some friends or family. My sister loves doing these and she’s getting quite good!

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What ideas do you have for clutter free homemade or purchased Christmas gifts?

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28 thoughts on “Over 25 Ideas for Experience and Homemade Christmas Gifts

  1. Christy King (@SimpleWhiteRab) says:

    Some years I knit one or two gifts. I frequently give charitable gifts like the chickens to kids, because I think that’s more understandable to them than a more typical charitable gift. Mostly I bake cookies – including for the local firefighters.

  2. Katrin@KreativK.net says:

    Hi Angela! These ideas are great – especially because they are clutter free. I love giving gifts to go do activities or tickets to events and such, it’s so nice! Thanks for sharing at Share it Link Party this week!

  3. Jill says:

    I love the idea of giving tickets and vouchers. Last year, my parents gave us tickets to see The Blue Man Group for Christmas. They were delighted with our reaction! We still talk about how much fun we had that night.

    I usually knit them some of my special homemade socks. Every year they ask for another pair. I love doing it and they love getting them – total win-win.

  4. Jenn says:

    I tried the gift vouchers with my husband, but he wasn’t much into it. Personally, I would love those!

    Time to celebrate via experience gifts, like ice skating & Cocoa.

    • Angela says:

      Hi! Thanks for dropping by and commenting! I love the idea of photo calendars but have never actually made one! I’d love a family photo on my side too – we’ve never done that with all the grands.

  5. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories says:

    I love all these ideas. We have too much stuff so I appreciate getting and giving things we can experience with our loved ones. I actually had a photo book on my Christmas list and updating our family favorite recipe binder I handed out 10+ years ago. There have been lots of kids, holidays and yummy recipes added since then! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

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