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If you crochet or knit you can make various diy gifts. If not, you can make coasters from various materials. You could stencil various items with a monogram of the person's name. Go to craft fairs to get ideas that you feel capable of copying. Here's a few easy ideas.
Home baked gifts are always great ! It doesn't have to be sweets , it could be a frozen home made casserole. You can have a picture enlarged of you and the family or the family's pet or even their house . You can buy a piece of slate and hand paint ( or use a stencil ) their house number and or family name . Hand made Christmas ornaments .