Making things for gifts this year is one of my New Year's Resolutions. I am still knitting dishcloths. I have found self-striping cotton yarn at Hobby Lobby and it makes very interesting striped dishcloths in luscious pastel colors. Now I am roaming the Internet looking for other gifts that I can make without great expense.
One gift idea that I found on the blog, Little House in the Suburbs, sounds interesting. It is a recipe for lotion bars and would make a nice addition to a "Spa Basket" of a handmade wash cloth, a couple of lotion bars and some handmade soap. This particular blog has a "GIFT" bar at the top to click on for great gift-giving ideas and I intend to make use of some of her recipes and knitting patterns. She gives directions for making the gifts she mentions.
Now I just have to get organized so that I think far enough ahead to have time to make gifts rather than rushing out to buy something at the last minute.