Here's what we've done so far:
- Knit items - I'll do a few this year, but not for everyone. Don't need much help here (though if you have a favorite type of knit gift please feel free to share). I'm looking at knit items that take on the order of a few days to do - so, worsted-bulky accessories, mainly (other than the sweaters for the DD and DS).
- Fleece items - So far we've done hats (BIG hit). I have a pattern for fleece slippers but fear there's too much variation in foot sizes among my loved ones. Are fleece scarves too cheesy? I have a good amount of fleece, and the sewing skills to do something with it, just a lack of imagination/inspiration.
- Dried herbs - I'm thinking I will do this again this year - we do get requests for particularly the rosemary (of which I have A LOT) and tarragon. I also have some nice dried chilies that some of our spicy-friendly friends will like.
- Notecards and bookmarks - I cut up the DD's artwork from preschool (I had tons) and glued it to blank notecards, and gave those to people whom I knew still wrote letters (my mother and Oma).
- Poured soaps - this was a big hit last year with the DD, but I just don't know that I can repeat it for most of our family/friends. I think we can do it for the teachers, but not for others.
- Soup/cookies in a jar - We found three great recipes last year (rice curry, bean soup, and butterscotch cookies) and made up jars for our local friends. Is it weird to do that again this year, but with different recipes? Do people still give jam away? I have several jars of jalapeno pepper jelly that Mom & I canned in August that would make great gifts...