Inexpensive Gifts to Make and Give, Pt. 4

Here are a few more gift ideas and fun things to make! If you missed the other posts in this series, check them out here.

Applesauce Bread

I delivered a big loaf of applesauce bread to some friends the other day. Their response? “This bread tastes JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS!”  Ah, you’ve gotta love delivering a nice loaf of Christmas to someone!




Kettle Corn


¼ cup oil
¼ cup sugar
½ cup popcorn kernels
Heat oil, add sugar and popcorn. Shake the pot back and forth till the popping slows. Carefully dump kettle corn in a large bowl and sprinkle w/a little salt.

Pretzel Wreaths



I got this idea from my very clever (beautiful, intelligent, talented, sweet….) sister-in-law, Michele. These are very easy to make and oh-so-cute! See instructions here.

Merry Christmas and a HOPPY New Year Card!


Is he the cutest? (well, as cute as a frog can be anyway)  These cards are simple to make and fun to give! Here’s the pattern and the instructions.

In a couple of days, I’ll share a few fun ways to wrap up your gifts! Thanks for all the ideas you’ve been sharing in the comments too! Is there no end to all the fun ideas?!


  1. says

    Thanks for the applesauce bread recipe. I was looking for the perfect thing to make for neighbors. Without nuts or any controversial foods (who doesn’t like applesauce?), this will be sure to be a hit. Thanks!


  2. Barbara says

    The applesauce is a regular in our house, thanks to your recipe!

    The frog is OH, SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing.

    About the kettle corn . . . I LOVE this stuff (like you LOVE fudge), but I cannot make it without burning it! What’s the secret? I shake that pan continuously, but I still burn it.

    Have a safe trip! Merry CHRISTmas!!


  3. says

    Thank you for the recipes. I am starting my baking the minute I get the last gift wrapped which better be by Friday. I think I have some jars of homemade applesauce in the pantry. Hmmm.
    Roberta Anne


  4. says

    I am A new member! I am really excited to be on your list! Thank you for these sharings. I am going to have the kids make the cards for Christmas! I can’t wait to mAKE THE BREAD. tHANK YOU AGAIN Shafaye


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