Amazing recipe for spiced hot cocoa. (How cute would this be with a little vintage teaspoon tied to the side?)
Cookie dough gifts! (Honestly, who doesn't love cookie dough??) You could even put them in a basket together with the cocoa.
Embroidered towels! I love Sublime Stitching Patterns. These Gil Elvgren ones are my favorite.
Ravelry is a brilliant place to get gift ideas if you knit. Last year I made some of these lovelies. Cute vintage pattern and they knit up in no time at all!
My husband (aka "The Man") and I host a holiday party each year for siblings, cousins and good friends. One tradition we keep each year is the "White Elephant Yankee Swap". The only rules are that the swap gifts must be creative and/or funny and either re-gifted or under $5. It's great for a laugh and takes the sting out of holiday financial woes! Some favorites from past years; A copy of the movie "Jaws", An old beer box filled with Slim Jims and Big League Chew labeled "Redneck Survival Kit", "Pornaments" (which were, hysterically enough, ornaments of reindeer in inappropriate positions..courtesy of my brother) bacon band-aids and faux facial hair.
I hope some of these suggestions are helpful to you in planning your holidays this year :) What kinds of traditions are you looking forward to this holiday season? What gifts will you be making?
Hugs and Smooches,