Last year I made Christmas presents for everybody to bulk up their other presents. I thought that it would save me money, but I actually did not save that much and was not overly impressed by the results. I handmade sweets, peppermint creams and fudge. Everyone who received them appeared to be happy, but I'm not sure anyone would of been honest anyway. The peppermint creams turned out to be very chunky and it made me appreciate the delicacy of ones I had previously bought. I'm not sure whether it was the egg whites, the icing sugar or the combination but I almost thought I would end up dying at one point when it got lodged and stuck in my throat, liquids seemed to make it worse and after seriously believing, that I may in fact die just before christmas from choking on the test material, I managed to dislodge it. Needless to say the spare ones remained in the fridge another week before I dare attempt another one, thankfully they had dried out a little by then. The fudge also did not go well. I used the recipe that uses condensed milk and sugar as the main ingredients. At first it was too wet and was more like a soft caramel texture, then it appeared to suddenly turn into a brick of sugar. It did not taste like fudge either. For the time it took and with the nice packaging to put them in, I don't think it was worth the initial savings. I have handmade other things like cards and tree decorations, these I am better at! I don't see why so often handmade gifts are seen as a 'cheap' alternative though. I've always found that due to the time spent on them and the cost of the materials, the savings are extremely small. I think for the personal touch though, if someone appreciates it is worth the extra effort, but this would have to be the driving factor. This year I am planning on making some snow globes. Have you had made any gifts, would you do it again? Have you made any big savings making gifts?