Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

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Leave lines to the mall shoppers: Almost everything you need to make these crafty, do-it-yourself presents -- including food gifts, yum! -- comes straight from your kitchen.

Fireplace sachets
Stoke the Fire

Friends can toss a spice-and-herb sachet in the fireplace to release a sweet fragrance.

To Make: Cut two coffee filters into identical squares and sew them together with red string -- but leave one side open, like a pillowcase. Stuff the pouch with a handful of spice mixture -- made up of dried orange and apple peels, cloves, pine needles, star anise, cinnamon sticks, sprigs of rosemary and lavender. Then sew the open flap closed.

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