Christmas Gifts to Make (with Christmas Label Download)


Each year at Christmas time I enjoy making a few things for friends. Many times it’s cookies, but after experimenting with so many lotions and potions this past year, I thought it would be nice to group them all together (with a new label, of course!) into one place. In this thrift store found basket that I lined with a red cloth napkin, I placed a jar of my August made applesauce, a jar of home made hand lotion, a tin of homemade deodorant and a bottle of baking soda hair rinse. All easy and thrift things you can make in your kitchen.

The hand lotion and applesauce are bottled up exactly as I previously wrote about. The hair rinse is a ratio of 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup of water. You can read about how I use baking soda to wash my hair. And the deodorant is the same recipe as I posted, but I split the recipe in half and poured it into these adorable 2 ounce tins from Mountain Rose Herbs.

It’s my guess that you already have olive oil, baking soda and cornstarch (and applesauce or other summer canned goodness) in your kitchen, so the only other ingredients you need will be listed below. I roughly estimate that if you buy all the listed ingredients it should cost about $28 and you can get about 6 batches of deodorant and 15 batches of lotion from them. My guess is that if you made about 6 baskets, it would cost you less than $5 per basket. Not bad for such a cute gift!


The label design is inspired by my love of all things Scandinavian at Christmas time. I just love the simple white and red and that folksy cross stitching is so sweet. On the Christmas Label Download Page there are two sized labels, one for wide mouth canning jars and one for small mouth jars. Print them out at full size (Adobe Reader tends to shrink things slightly, so double check in your print window that it doesn’t reduce your file.) on Avery Sticker Project Paper. Cut them out and you are ready to adorn your gifts. Enjoy!


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27 responses to “Christmas Gifts to Make (with Christmas Label Download)

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  2. Ben

    I can even begin to tell you how great your site is!! I’ve ordered the stuff for making hand lotion using your affiliate link so hopefully that will kick some funds back to you.

  3. Lori

    Thank you for reminding me of your lotion recipe – I’ve been searching for a good handmade gift for friends and co-workers, and I think this will be the perfect solution!

  4. I just love your blog! I just started a blog myself focusing on my love of all things DIY and, particularly, right now, on my obsession with green cleaning. I don’t know if it will ever be this lovely though 🙂 Great job, lovely photos and informative posts. I especially appreciate these labels. I’m sure I’ll be printing some out soon for my homemade holiday gift.

  5. I just wanted to drop by and let you know that I’ve linked to gift tags/labels that you designed. The post is located here There is also a text only post for slower connections just below it. Thank you for sharing your art so freely. I would love it if you would let me know if you have designed other tags or labels that should be included. And please, by all means, share this post. Stamp out store tags! 😉

    • OMG Francie…………I just love your blog. I am supposed to be doing homework and googled for some canning label images for harvest; came across Scott & Kendra’s “A Sonoma Garden” and ran into your response for your blog…………anyway I’m just so excited about finding A Sonoma Garden and finding you, especially on Etsy. I buy Etsy all of the time. I love it. Just wanted to send a big thanks to both of you for kicking my creative thinking into high gear!!

  6. I’ve been searching for some labels for the tops of my jars and these are perfect. When I download the pdf it looks like a scan of a photo is on top of the design so the labels aren’t usable. Am I the only one having trouble with the file?

    • asonomagarden

      Mama Urchin – I just double checked and I’m not seeing anything wrong with the file. You are downloading the actual pdf, right? Maybe you downloaded the flickr image instead??? WIsh I could help, but maybe try and download it again and see if it works.

  7. dani

    Thank you SO MUCH! This is totally perfect for the peppermint bath salts my girls and I are making. Lovely. Thank you!

  8. Laura

    Thank you so much! These are perfect, and I love them. I am having the same problem as Mama Urchin, though. When I download it, it shows the scan of something that looks like the original embroidery? I have tried several times and I keep getting the same image. I see the labels, but the scan is super-imposed on the top of it. I am using a MacBook. Any ideas, anyone?

    Merry Christmas!

    • asonomagarden

      Ach! Laura & Mama Urchin, sorry about the image problem. I looked back in the file and saw there was a hidden layer in there, I took it out and it should be all fixed. Sorry about that! Print away ladies!

  9. Wow – this is a fantastic blog, K!!! I can tell I’m going to enjoy many hours here reading and clicking around when I should be writing. 🙂 so fun!

  10. conni

    thank you so much!!!

    • Laura

      I just reprinted these labels! Problem solved! I know this is such a busy time. I so appreciate that you took the time to look into this! Merry Christmas to you! Many thanks!!!!

  11. Thanks for download link! happy new year for blog administrator

  12. You truly inspire me to keep writing on my blog, the truth is sometimes it gets boring but then I remember a site like yours and I feel energized to write. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  15. I just found your site and i’m in love! I just ordered everything I need to make hand lotion and chapstick. One question though… where do you buy the jars for the lotion? I haven’t seen them anywhere local, so i’m hoping maybe you know somewhere online. Do you use 2oz for the hand lotion?


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  23. I think this is such a wonderful idea to make a gift basket for Christmas for friends and relatives using things that you make yourself. Such a warm feeling for the people at the receiving end.

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