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What did you make for Christmas?


Thin Mint • December 21, 2010 • North Pole, AK 99705, USA

About this Splore

Every year I make presents for people. I love it and even though it can cost just as much as store bought, it's just something I do.

Does anyone else make presents for Christmas? I'd love to hear about them. And post pictures if you can! And links to directions!! Thanks.

Also any special holiday foods that you make. Or decorations.

Contributions Last updated about 6 years ago

Barbara • January 28, 2012 at 12:01am

Fingerprint Cookie Jar

I didn't make these, but I found them while looking for PTO auction ideas, and they're so cute. Stamp the cookies and then fingerprint the chips.


Barbara • January 27, 2012 at 11:53pm

Snowman Soup (homemade hot chocolate mix)

MIx the following together and put in containers to share. I use the 2 C round ziplock disposable with the bright blue lids. Print out the label and stick it to the side of the container with clear packing tape.

2 cups instant dry milk powder
2 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder or natural cocoa powder
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips or crushed candy canes - optional
[i used mini-marshmallows]
1/3 cup powdered non-dairy creamer - flavored or not
1/8 teaspoon of salt


Anonymous • January 17, 2012 at 10:58am

Homemade Kettle Corn

This works really well and tastes soo much better that the microwave version. You get a light crispy sweet coating on the popcorn--just don't burn it!

When making popcorn on the stove, throw in a tablespoon of sugar with the oil and kernels (I usually let the kernels get hot and slightly rounded first to cook the sugar for less time). Let it pop like crazy and then pour it into a bowl quickly. Too long in the pot and the sugar burns. Salt it lightly and enjoy.

It takes a little trial and error, but it's so yummy. You'll love it.


yanna • December 21, 2011 at 3:23pm

Knit Food

I made food for my little nieces. One is getting a shopping cart and one is getting a kitchen. I made up some of these, but there are a lot of free patterns online. (Raverly and Knitting Pattern Central have good collections)


Barbara • December 6, 2011 at 12:02pm

Soda Bath Fizz

This is a cute idea from Family Fun a few years ago. Fill plastic (clean and dry) soda bottles with homemade cherry vanilla bath fizz, add a label and give as gifts.

The recipe is simple (other than citric acid powder which I ordered online from with free shipping).

Here's a link to the recipe:

The bottles need to be super dry or the powder will start fizzing when you put it in them.


Barbara • January 2, 2011 at 10:30pm

I made TWO gloves. Here they are.


Barbara • December 28, 2010 at 11:06pm

I made a hat and one glove.

The glove was pretty hard. I only have one done so far, but here's the hat. I got the idea off the knitting splore. The pattern is from wool and honey. They are for my daughter.


yanna • December 27, 2010 at 1:08pm

Snowman Candy Jar

This is something we make to give as teacher gifts. Honestly I tried to talk my kids into making something else this year and they said, "But it's our tradition!" So guess we will be making more of these:


yanna • December 27, 2010 at 12:19pm

Oven Mitt & Brownie mix

I bought some holiday oven mitts and matching spatulas. Then made a brownie mix (from Make-A-Mix cookbook). I put the brownie mix in a ziplock bag. Then but the bag with directions inside the mitt, wrapped ribbon around it and tied the spatula on with a bow. It looked cute and was an inexpensive gift to give. Also with all the sweets around Christmas time I figured they could make the brownies later when they weren't so sugared out. Sorry no photo. But I bet one can be found online.


yanna • December 27, 2010 at 11:59am

Hair Pin

This is from a few years ago. It's made with beads and wire then attached to a bobby pin.


yanna • December 27, 2010 at 11:57am

Ice Scraper Mitts

This is funny, because I thought of creating a splore like this last week. But I was too busy making gifts to do it! :) I made these ice scraper mitts for my brothers. You can find patterns on line to make them with fabric as well.


MysticsDance • December 26, 2010 at 1:28am

I made scrubs....

I made a honey scrub and a sea salt scrub. If anyone wants the recipe, let me know and I'll post both of them. They are very nice and make your skin very silky smooth! Both are easy to make as well.


Thin Mint (Creator) • December 23, 2010 at 12:05pm

side view of glove bunny


Thin Mint (Creator) • December 23, 2010 at 12:04pm

I also made bunny gloves.

I can't really give the directions--it's just something kids made on the bus last year. I added eyes and a tail and a rubber band to hold it in place.

The person just takes it apart and then gets a pair of gloves. These were only a dollar and I like the color.


Anonymous • December 23, 2010 at 11:53am

We made chocolate frogs with a mold my mom ordered from amazon.


David • December 22, 2010 at 11:29pm

A co-worker always makes fudge for our family. We love it.


Thin Mint (Creator) • December 22, 2010 at 1:19am

Here's how you make brownies in a mug.

mix 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2T cocoa (the bitter kind) and put in a plastic bag. tie with a ribbon and put in a mug. I like to add a spoon. Then make tags to put in them with directions: add 2T water and 2T oil and stir well. Microwave for 1 to 1 and a half minutes. It's very hot, so wait to eat it. Super good with ice cream on top! These are fudgy, not cakey.

These only cost about a dollar to make if you use IKEA mugs. You could also get really fancy mugs at Kolh's or somewhere, but I'm a kid, so my mom gets IKEA mugs for me to use. Last year I made cupcakes in a mug (which were cakey and had a small frosting pack with them--directions at FamilyFun).

And don't ever use dollar tree mugs for cooking. Drinking might be okay, but don't cook in them. These mugs are so pretty and they are only 59 cents each. There's supposed to be a deep purple one, too, but they were sold out.



Linda P • December 21, 2010 at 4:30pm

I also made keepsake ornaments for my children each year.

Something homemade for each one of them. I enjoyed coming up with creative ideas and using unique materials.


Linda P • December 21, 2010 at 4:26pm

I usually bake something to give.

I've made fruitcakes, caramel corn, granola, and banana bread. But this year I didn't either. We are not at home and there's not really anyone I know here to bake for.


Max2mus • December 21, 2010 at 9:59am

For once, I didn't.

Every year I've been too poor to buy presents for everyone, but this year I finally had enough... but last year I made turkey pot pie.