Homemade Gifts

In our consumer driven world, its sometimes nice (and cheap) to get and give homemade gifts. Throughout the fall, I ran a series of posts


Homemade Gift Series, Extra Edition: Photo Cubes

How to Make Decorative Photo Cubes This is a last-minute extra addition to the homemade gift series. Sarah and I have gone back and forth


The Egg Nog Dilemma

This past week, we spent quite a bit of time visiting Sarah’s parents. Her mother kindly bought several items that I would be able to


Homemade Gift Series #10: Homemade Cookies and Gift Bundle

In the coming week, we’re going to be giving a few early small seasonal gifts to people, so with that in mind, we put the


My “Reverse” Black Friday

This pre-Thanksgiving year is the time in which the internet seems to be abuzz with what various retailers are going to have on steep discount


Homemade Gift Series #9: Handmade Ornaments

How to Make Your Own Christmas Ornaments This year, we decided to make a big batch of handmade Christmas tree ornaments for our home, just


Homemade Gift Series #8: Personalized Cards and Stationery

How to Make Your Own Homemade Cards for the Holidays (and Any Occasion!) A few years ago, Rachel gave my wife Sarah a wonderful Christmas


Degrees of Want

Two days ago, I wrote an article discussing the damage done to my often-used iPod Touch and my decision-making process when it comes to a


Degrees of Want

I received an iPod Touch as a Christmas gift in 2008. Since then, I have used and absued the thing at a level perhaps beyond

Subconscious Connections

Open up one of your favorite magazines. Turn to a full page ad for a product – any product. Look at it carefully for a


Homemade Gift Series #5: Wine Jelly

How to Make Your Own Homemade Wine Jelly “Not everyone will like the caramel apple jam,” Sarah commented to me after we made it. As

Paying for Meaningless Words and Phrases

Every time I go shopping for a food item or a household item, I’m always bombarded with all sorts of nonsensical and largely meaningless terms


Homemade Gift Series #4: Homemade Beer

How to Make Your Own Craft Beer I often brew homemade beer. It’s an enjoyable hobby that allows me to sometimes use items from my

Homemade Gift Series #3: Caramel Apple Jam

How to Make Inexpensive and Delicious Homemade Caramel Apple Jam A few weeks ago, my wife stopped by a roadside stand where an individual was

Buying with Confidence

A few weeks ago, in the July 2010 issue of Bon App├ętit, Andrew Knowlton succinctly summed up the way I feel about trusted and untrusted

Homemade Gift Series #2: Homemade Soap

How to Safely Make High Quality Hand-Crafted Soaps Let’s just start this one off with two big, giant warnings! Warning #1 Making soap at home


Homemade Gift Series #1: Vanilla Extract

How to Make Your Own Real Vanilla Extract For the last few years, one of the most prized possessions in our pantry has been a

On Homemade Christmas Gifts

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were chatting about some of the best Christmas gifts we’ve ever received. Many great Christmas memories from

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