I come from a family of crafters on my mother's side, so I grew up encouraged to make little gifts for relations and followed this through with my own daughter and now my granddaughter. it began with making Christmas cards (be prepared for glitter all over the place!) and then went onto calendars, bookmarks and decorated felt mats.
Above is one of my mother's creations, brought out at Christmas time.
When my daughter was little (and money was short), I made felt or knitted toys (such as the Bronwie below), collage nursery pictures for her bedroom and rooms out of shoeboxes to create a doll's house.
For birthdays and Christmases I always made my parents a cross stitch card. Following their deaths, I discovered that they had kept them all, which I now have compiled into a scrapbook collection.
When I was working full time, a gift to me of home baking was a much valued present. In turn my daughter appreciated a hamper of home made soup, crumbles, cottage pie and lasagne for the freezer when she was just home with a new December baby.