Why We Exchange Home-Made Gifts at Yule & Ideas of what to Give

Winter Solstice is a great time to gather around with family and celebrate the longest day of the year.

My house has had a tradition for the past few years where we exchange home-made gifts at Yule, then the store-bought ones on Christmas.  It’s a really fun way to be creative and show your loved one you care.  By putting effort into their gift and making it yourself (although we have loose guidelines for that) you can demonstrate how well you know your partner/family/friends and how you feel like they are worth the effort to make something for them.

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Our guidelines are loose, you have to put effort into making it, but there is no budget and you can be creative on how you choose to interpret “making” it.


My husband made me this pic a few years ago with our doggy, Salsa, kayaking because he knows how much I love to paddle.

I have got some really creative gifts over the past few years from my husband and I love how he tries to do something in his skill base.  For example, one year he used his computer (he is a Software Engineer) to make a picture of our dog, Salsa, going down a waterfall in a kayak.  I thought it was super cute and a really creative gift.

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Other easy ideas to do for your partner spouse:

  • Coupons (seriously home-made coupons are the best, include things that you are good  at: make a favourite recipe, help with a computer issue, give them free time, etc.).
  • Thor's Bowel Go to a ceramic painting place (with friends, make it a girls night too!) paint them a bowl, mug, Hulk candy jar, etc.
  • Don’t overlook photo gifts!  A photo calendar, photo mug, Christmas ornament, photo book, tons of great things to make them with your favourite pictures so they can have a great keepsake.
  • Bake them something!  I made my hubby Nutella Vodka last year and it was awesome!  Fudge, their favourite meal, baked good, etc.
  • Or you can always make a gift basket or put together a date night.

This is supposed to be fun, not stressful, come up with whatever you can.  It is more about the effort and thought that you put into it rather than the actual gift itself.

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For the presents for the little ones I keep it more homemade and basic. Some of the things I make for them:

Yule Kid Presents

  • I made sensory bags and bottles when Bee was a baby.
  • I compiled a photo collage in a frame of all the babies in the family for Bee to look at when she was a baby, you know how babies love looking at other babies.  She still likes to look at it.
  • I made her a board book with pictures of everyone in her family, she loved looking at Grandma and Nanny.
  • Chewlery, necklaces or tethers.
  • Clothes, such as a skirt, cloak or pj’s if you are a sewer.
  • Quiet book or bags.

For Bee this year I made her a photobook from Shutterfly of the Pagan Alphabet, each letter I put pictures of pagan-related things that correspond.  She is super into the alphabet and learning the letters so I think she will like it.

For Po he is moving into his own room soon and my husband wanted an Avengers Superhero theme, so I had Po help me make a handprint canvas for his room and then painted it into Avengers (check out my updates on Po’s Superhero room and DIY decorations in the new year).

The kids can help make Daddy:

  • A card.
  • A painting.
  • Baked goods.
  • Sing a song

Again, it’s the thought and effort that count, the objective is to show someone you care by using your creativity and time to make them something to show them they are worth the effort.

What kinds of things do you like to make and/or receive as a home-made gift?  Please tell me in the comments below.  I am always looking for new ideas.

Why We Exchange Gifts at Yule - A great family tradition to start and the perfect way to celebrate the Winter solstice.

A mom of two trying to stay sane while running a household, working part-time from home and looking after her baby, toddler and husband.


  1. avatar
    Chel says:

    These are fantastic ideas… I totally wanted to do something for the longest night, but never really knew what to do. I think that my husband and I are coming up with our own little tradition. So longest night = start of Yule? Totally not up on my knowledge of Yule celebrations.

    Those gift are the best. Used to love making gifts for friends and family when I was younger. I should start doing that again.

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      Hil says:

      Yule is a pagan holiday so it’s just a one day thing 🙂 It’s super fun having extra holidays to celebrate though. You should start making gifts again, I hope it goes well!

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    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom says:

    I love photo gifts, especially for grandparents! My mom would be happy if I just gave her a big basket of stuff with my daughters’ pictures on it. It wouldn’t even matter what it was…if it has their pictures, it’s the best thing ever…LOL

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