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Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: themes and suggestions for your Christmas gift giving. Homemade breads & cookies, handmade items & more!


 Since it’s the day before Thanksgiving here in the states, for many of you, Christmas gift giving is the last thing on your mind! I wanted to pop in anyway and share these holiday gift ideas and themes so you can at least start thinking about it. 

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: themes and suggestions for your Christmas gift giving. Homemade breads & cookies, handmade items & more!

I’m early enough so you can take your time, wander through the links, and decide what you want to do. Even if you don’t usually give this sort of gift to family and friends, perhaps you’ll find something you can give to yourself!

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: themes and suggestions for your Christmas gift giving. Homemade breads & cookies, handmade items & more!

Rosemary Theme Holiday Gift Ideas: all include free printable tags

Make this Vanilla Bean Quick Bread Recipe for any occasion. Makes the perfect homemade gift too. Serve as a dessert or snack.

Vanilla Theme Holiday Gift Ideas

*About the vanilla extract. It’s not too late to give this if you really want to. It makes a lovely gift. Just tell the recipient to wait a few weeks to use it…or put a notation on the tag. 

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: themes and suggestions for your Christmas gift giving. Homemade breads & cookies, handmade items & more!

Lavender Theme Holiday Gift Ideas

Additional Ideas:

I think this year I’m going to give a loaf of rosemary buttermilk bread along with a jar of rosemary salt. I might throw in a small bag or jar of simmering potpourri. I’ll be back soon with some packaging ideas. 

Before I go, I want to tell each one of you how thankful I am for your friendship. I am very grateful for your encouragement, comments and kind words. It never fails that when I’m feeling less than wonderful, one of you writes and your words completely make my day. I am trying so hard to share valuable and easy ideas to make your lives simpler and lovelier. I hope when you come here, you feel welcome and peaceful. I hope when you leave, you feel confident and happy. I do not, and never will, take your support for granted. You all are the best. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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28 Comments

  1. Finally got internet and wifi. Saved for three months the emails I wanted something from. Your ideas are wonderful as always. I enjoy your emails because you are calm,cool and collected. And mostly gracious. I suspect we are about the same age. I am stuck in my past and need a push every so often. I look forward to your emails.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you for your lovely words. They totally made my day! Happy Holidays…Ann

  2. Beth Beard says:

    I made the rosemary soaps and they are wonderful. Your eggnog bread is amazing and everyone is asking for it again! I made 22 loaves last year 😳 and will be doing it again this year. I adore your blog and want to thank you for sharing your talent with us. I copy so many recipes and ideas from you. Love your style and gorgeous home.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Way to go on the eggnog bread!!!!

  3. jeannette says:

    All good ideas Ann! Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you will have a wonderful day.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Ann! Thank you for all of your good ideas.

  5. I’m going to try some of these with my granddaughters. Many blessings!

  6. Ann, I use the lavender sachets you made several years ago in my drawers and under my pillow. They still smell wonderful. After the bitter cold winter, four or five years go, I lost all my lavender that grew next to our chimney. Now I plant springtime lavender in a half barrel which is parked on our deck. I cut and dry throughout the summer and enjoy a variety of vases filled with lavender. As always, thank you for sharing. A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you Sandy…happy holidays to you!

  7. Kathy Alber says:

    new subscriber and LOVE this blog so happy to have found you
    wishing you a very happy thanksgiving

  8. Norma Rolader says:

    Oh my what sweet little gifts and yummy one’s too … Thank you and may you and your family have a blessed Happy Thanksgiving

  9. Happy Thanksgiving Ann to you and your family. I’m thankful that I found your blog this year and looking forward to many more exciting and informative posts.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Ann:
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate your ideas and recipes. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and talents.

  11. Kathleen G says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Ann and your family, I’m thankful for your wonderful blog through the years:).
    Kathleen in Az

  12. Judy Shane says:

    I love your blog, thank you.

  13. As always, so many wonderful gift ideas. Looking worward to your packaging ideas too. Thank you for all your inspiration. Wishing you and your family a lovely and peaceful Thanksgiving.

  14. Ann,
    I’m always so glad that I take the time to click through and read your posting. You never disappoint and I always get such great ideas.
    Thank you and have a great Thanksgiving!

  15. Mary, Always appreciate your blog, great gift ideas, love the recipes, ideas for decorating, etc.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family.
    Jo

    1. Sorry for the name change, Ann! lol Need to type slower!
      Jo

  16. Joy Archie says:

    What fantastic ideas! I always love seeing your posts. Happy Thanksgiving to yo and yours!

  17. I’m Thankful for you also Ann! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving😍

  18. Catharine says:

    Ann, we’ve already celebrated our Thanksgiving here in Canada but I want you to know how thankful I am that I found your blog. I look forward to all your posts and have tried many of your recipes. The Citrus Cranberry Bread is still my fav and, after we gave it to many of our friends as Christmas gifts 3 or 4 years ago, we get requests for it again and again every year!

    All the best to you and your family for a happy Thanksgiving and for the Holiday season. Thanks for all you do!

  19. Gladys Cruz says:

    Hello
    I love your website
    You give us such great ideas
    Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving

  20. I love these ideas! Thanks so much!

  21. Lorri Rauscher says:

    Thanksgiving wishes to and yr family.
    I certainly appreciate all yr hard work to finding and creating new ideas for yr loyal followers. Thank you.💗

  22. Thank you Ann….your heartfelt ideas are appreciated.

  23. Barbara Moore says:

    Just what I needed, Ann. As always you come through for me! Happiest of Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  24. Ann. So thankful you are willing to always share with us. I’m so glad I found Sutton Place.
    I am always inspired and always feel like I have visited a friend.

    Very thankful

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