Homemade Gift- Vanilla

Since we went out of town last weekend, my SIL kept James for us and our friends let us stay with them.  As a token of thankfulness, I gave each of them a little gift, which fit their personalities perfectly!  I figured my SIL could really use this after caring for an 8 year old, two babies under age 2, and 3 dogs while we were gone!

Although I simply purchased the gift, I really enjoy the act of giving.  And isn’t it sometimes even better when the gift is homemade?  I saw this homemade vanilla on WhipperBerry and thought it was just perfect.  So easy to make and the adorable fabric label elevates the gift to a beautiful level.  If you go to their website, they have a free printable and explain how they made it.

Are you a fan of homemade gifts?  Do you give them? Like to receive them?  We all know the holidays are approaching and about now seems to be the time I start thinking of gift giving.  I usually buy presents, but I like to include a baked goodie (like chocolate covered toffee) to accompany the gift.

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. I love the idea of homemade gifts! I'm graduating in December and I decided to give gifts this year to all those who made an impact on me while I've been in college. So I'm making these delicious chocolate almond clusters (thanks to Good Housekeeping) and boxing them up with a bow and a personal thank you! Never in my life would have thought about making homemade 'vanilla extract'. Super great idea!

  2. We did flavored vodka last year for some Christmas gifts. Vanilla and Habanero. They were so easy and turned out so yummy!!! We're definitely doing it again this year. I wanna try lavender this time!

  3. Homemade gifts are wonderful. Friends love them and your wallet is thanking you on the way to the bank!

    Our plum and fig trees had an abundantly good year so we made plum and fig jelly to give away throughout the year and at Christmastime. (that is if we can stop eating pb&j's everyday..)

  4. Ohhh I love Skinny Girl Margaritas! I'm sure your SIL enjoyed that gift too!! But I do agree that homemade gifts are so personal and fun to give/receive. Thanks for the link to the homemade vanilla. Those labels are beautiful!

  5. I love giving homemade gifts! Every year at Christmas, each of my family members receives a homemade gift from me. They are a lot of work but it is so rewarding in the end. I love this vanilla idea and may try that one out for gift-giving this year! 🙂 Thanks for the post!

  6. Homemade anything is a great gift…but vanilla? Now that is a thoughtful gift! Definitely something I would use on a regular basis! 🙂

  7. I'm so glad that you got to get away for a few days. That was so sweet of you to think of a gift. You are right about gifts for Christmas, and vanilla would be a nice gift along with some goodies for a few of my friends and family. I'm going to check it out and see how it is made. Thanks for the idea.

  8. For the past two years I have made gifts for extended members of my family to help cut down on the Holiday spending. I have really enjoyed and find it adds a bit of nostalgia to the act of gift giving. It also works out well because most of us already HAVE everything we need so a little something sweet makes for a nice treat!

  9. Thanks for the vanilla link….I've wanted to do that for awhile!

    And love your HB treasures…I never get down to Northpark…not sure why?!? Next time you come up, we're going together!!

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