In previous years I have read a thread for ideas for homemade gifts, leading up to christmas. So here is the one for 2012...
Brownies in a jar - you layer the ingredients for chocolate brownie in a nice/agee jar. Plain white plastic lids to fit them can be bought from Arthur Homes. Tie a ribbon and label round the lid with the method to make them.
Alternate dark/light ingredients.
Homemade soap I found a really easy recipe, and am now making slight variations, eg lavender, coffee (for cleaning the onion smells from your hands), honey and oatmeal.
Silly Putty made with PVA and water and borax - keeps kids entertained for hours.
Wheatie Bags Sew up a square/rectangle of nice material, turn in right way, sew 1 or 2 lines creating chambers, half fill with chook wheat, sew closed. Can sprinkle lavender on the wheat. Can be used in microwave or in freezer.
Homemade Finger Puppet story Personalise a story (make your own or modify a fairy tale like 3 Billy Goats Gruff), Print it out on A4, print or draw the scene on the other side, add some finger puppets.
Seedlings Plant a selection in a punnet veges/flowers, wrap a ribbon around.
Honey/Preserving/Lemon Curd/Sweetened Condensed Milk
Anything you can make and seal in a jar, add a tag and a ribbon.
Pillow cases: use colourful or vintage type fabric for them but leave one side a bit shorter. Sew a contrast material on to make up the full length. Seam should be on the outside. Press seam open and cover with braid, ribbon lace preferably in combination. Then sew pillowcase together as usual.
Fabric wine bag holder - easy and plenty of ideas on google
Potstand: Buy any tile you fancy but check its okay to put hot things on. Back with stiff felt or rubber backing (from Mitre 10). Mosaic tiles look good - they come with a net backing so easy to cut to shape but the stiff felt is essential.
Peppermint creams: lightly beat an eggwhite, add icing sugar to make a very stiff mix, and then peppermint essence to taste. Roll into balls/rounds, chill, and then coat with melted choc.
Other essences work well too.