Friday, October 11, 2013

A giveaway to make your Christmas preparation just a little easier :)

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Yesterday I posted about different ideas on how to cut back this Christmas season. One of the best ways is to make your own, homemade, handmade gifts. I've heard many times when people said that they weren't very creative but, honestly, you don't have to be Martha Stewart to make something that will please your friends and loved ones.

To help you a little bit this season, one lucky reader of this blog will win a wonderful book "Gifts from the Kitchen":

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It's full of delicious and simple recipes like mango chutney, strawberry butter, pistachio turkey delight and many others. This book will give you great ideas of gifts for special occasions and people in your life or make a wonderful gift on it's own.

The giveaway runs until Oct. 22nd, 12 am and is open for everyone worldwide. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter:

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Good luck, everyone! And have a wonderful weekend! :)

73 comments:

  1. Cookies from my Girl. I'm planning to give this if I win.

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  2. Hi Lena. This book looks very interesting. the best homemade gift I've given has to be that blanket I've just finished and will be given on 2nd November. and the best I've received has to be the patchwork quilt made by my mother in law.
    Carolx

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  3. I love getting homemade jams and jellies. Since I don't know how to make these, I'm in awe of other's talents.

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  4. planning on homemade gifts this year too - maybe canned grape juice with some sprite!

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  5. I think the best homemade gift I ever gave was a binder and CD of my favorite recipes

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  6. My best homemade gift was a quilt that my aunt made me when I was pregnant for the baby!

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  7. my best home made gifts ever given to me was the ones my children made me while they were growing up still have them to this day ...they are priceless... now its my grandkids all 5 of them...why they are so special is because they were made with love...

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  8. My 4 month old daughter is named after her great grandma who won't be with us a much longer. Just about a month ago Grandma gave us a belt she'd made as a child with her name on it to pass down to her namesake. I'm so thankful to have that, it will be cherished!

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  9. The best home made gift was the basket of biscuits cakes and sweets they were lovely .

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  10. I try to make as many personalised gifts as I can. I think it very special when someone takes the time to prepare a gift especially for you. I also like the fact that you can make things much more beautiful than the stores for a fraction of the cost and you an often support small retailers rather than the multinationals when buying the bits and pieces to construct your gifts.

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  11. The best one has been a box full of rice, pasta, tomatosauce, spice etc. There was also a little notebook with recipes and stories where they come from. That was when I moved away from my parents :)
    Jenna O

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  12. The best handmade gift I ever gave was a hand crafted box filled with childhood memories and photos for a friend.

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  13. Edward,

    Chocolate Chip Cookies......yummy :)

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  14. I got these homemade chocolate chip cookies from a friend that were absolutely heavenly! :)

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  15. The best homemade gift that I got was a bottle of coconut jam from my grandma. :)

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  16. I always have a hard time figuring out what to give people. Looks like this book would be a lot of help. The best homemade gift I got was a fuzzy pair of hand knit socks.

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  17. The best home-made gift I received is a coconut honey flavored cupcake from a very close friend of mine who loves to bake. It's so tasty I don't want to share to others. =)

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  18. Choclate cake and snicker cake from my mom :)))

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  19. The best home made gift I received was from my nana - recipe cards of her recipes. i loved it.

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  20. The best home made gift was a lap quilt my neighbor made me.

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  21. Hmm, probably a glass jar full of chocolate. The decoration of the jar was very fun to make. :)

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  22. The soup looks delicious, I just wish it would start acting like Fall here, it will warm up again this week to the high 80's : / We had one day of rain last week and it was wonderful! What a lovely cover on that book : )

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  23. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!
    Im entering with pleasure!
    The best handmade gift is a necklace my son game to me for my birthday!
    So cute when it s something that comes from his hands!
    I cross my fingers!

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  24. That was home made album with pictures :)

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  25. I received once an hand sewn doll,so cute,

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  26. I always loved anything my kids made me in school......they were always so proud of what they had made me and the look on their faces was the best gift they could ever give me:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  27. I made coffee flavored cookies and nutella filled donuts for my friend's birthday last week ^_^

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  28. My sister-in-law gave me some handmade soap that smelled so good and looked so pretty.

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  29. I made my mother a quilt for Mother's Day

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  30. The best handmade gifts I've ever received were candy cane Christmas tree ornaments and cake pop treats.

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  31. Best Homemade Gift was a xmas postcard my daughter made for me..with construction paper and dried flowers from our garden and she used alot of glitter to go with the xmas theme.<3

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  32. I love the cookies in a jar idea where you put all of the dry ingredients in to make cookies and a little recipe label, you can make up a bunch of them to give out to the family.

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  33. The best homemade gift I've ever received is a bracelet :) I think it would count as handmade too :D
    btw, thanks for this awesome giveaway! :D

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  34. Followed "On My Side of the World" on Facebook :)
    FB name: Krizia Almiranez
    Email: krizia_kmga06(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. cookie fro my cousin

    followed on gfc katie robbin

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  36. I LOVE gifts that are homemade and given from the heart. I have received several homemade gifts and I guess my favorites are from my kids who are all grown up now. I have an ornament that we hang every year that my oldest daughter made in Kindergarten. It is a little plane made out of candy and a stick of gum for the wings. It is very fragile, but I still can't let it go...

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  37. A personalized calendar that has family photos suiting the season for each month and then family members' birthdays marked on it.

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  38. The best homemade gift I've received has been a recipe book of my boyfriend's family recipes. He loves anything I make, but sometimes it's nice to have a true comfort food from his childhood.

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  39. Homemade cookies baked with love from a close friend

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  40. My husband and I would love this, with money being so tight, this would help X-mas be a little bit easier for everyone.

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  41. best homemade gift Ive received was a bottle of homemade Kahlua

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  42. The best homemade gifts I give and receive consist of different delicious pies, cakes, and cookies.

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  43. I got a jar of homemade mint hot cocoa mix with marshmallows and we loved it!

    Holly Storm-Burge
    hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

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  44. My ex-MIL made me a fantastic bird sculpture one year, it was almost 4 feet tall and I LOVED it!

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  45. The best homemade gift I've received is afghans from my grandmother and now my great aunt. My grandmother has sadly since passed, but I feel her arms around me every time I use any of the afghans she made for me. The afghan my great aunt made for me recently I use on a near daily basis, especially in the cooler months. They are handmade wraps of love. (jenimadison (at) centurytel (dot) c o m)

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  46. A friend made me some of those decorative soup jars - a mason jar with beans, spices, rice, and other dry items. Just put them in a pot and add water. It was pretty and useful.

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  47. I give homemade gifts all the time, I really love to do that! I like to make frankenstein cookies to give, it's a modified recipe that I made. Vanilla and coffee cookies dipped in some mint chocolate. The most unique gift I have given would be the toy outhouse I made my husband for valentines day, it's a 2 seat outhouse with mini roll of toilet paper and graffiti on it with special jokes between us. He loves it! We plan on making a few more to give as gifts as well.

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  48. Facebook :) FB name: Werita de gigandet
    Pinterest : pikusa
    bloglovin´: weritasanmiguel

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  49. My Dad and step mother made us a beautiful sign.

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  50. my two best friends painted on a tote bag for my birthday gift. it was beautiful :)

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  51. i would say some brownies from my husband's uncle's wife . They were really good . I can't remember the best gift but that is one I can think of . thanks

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  52. biscuits for my sister that is mother by may :))

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  53. I'm following via GFC: MeganP
    I love giving photo gifts, since I love taking photos and everyone is always asking for their pictures done!

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  54. I have never received a homemade gifts to before. It would be nice to receive a scrapbook, although I never tried it yyet.I would love to win the book bec I love bakng. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  55. I love the homemade salsa, hot dog relish, and jams my parents give us. I love photography so I often give portraits of the grandkids to my parents. I've also given my mom a decorative box full of memories written down on little strips of paper.

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  56. When I was little my Mom was always making me doll clothes for my dolls. She even crocheted a Barbie doll wedding dress that was really beautiful.

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  57. I don't recall receiving a homemade gift, but I love giving them.

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  58. Probably a homemade quilt with the double wedding band. My husband does drywall so he also textured that pattern on my ceiling in my bedroom.

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  59. I made a swirl cake for my love on Valentine's :) It was a rose and vanilla swirl cake.. he was pleased :3

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  60. Thank you :) for this lovely giveaway!

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  61. Home made cookies were the best gift I've received!

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  62. 1.) thank you for the giveaway :-) --2) my favorite homemade gifts I have received have been cookies,, the Mexican wedding cookies, and coffeee fudge, and peppermint bark, and once I got a coconut tropical fruitcake-- oh it was so rich

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  63. I like to give away baskets that I make. I made a pie basket and a tray that turned out really well. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

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  64. One xmas my sister made some strawberry and fruit salad jams. Best ever!

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  65. My favorite was a box of homemade cookies - all my favorites, thoughtfully picked out, and with family recipes.

    glindathegood@bellsouth.net

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  66. Two years ago, I got a glass ornament with a handprint of a former student!

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  67. My best Homemade gift was a quilt with my favorite colors. I tried not to use it often but I couldn't help it and now its faded, worn and thread bare but I still use it!

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  68. I received a HUGE crocheted blanket from my aunt. I have a full sized bed and it can be folded in half, laid on the bed, and still reaches the floor. It's perfect for cuddling :)

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