Here's one of the gifts we're giving this year.
I've made rice packs before. It was a lot of fun, and what a great gift! We use ours for all sorts of things. In fact, any time there's an injury, the first thing we ask is, "Do you need a cold thing?", and by cold thing we mean, one of the rice packs we keep in the freezer. We have a whole assortment of them, from a tiny one shaped like a mitten and the exact size of my daughter's hand when she was ten - because it was made especially for her, to ones that go around shoulders.
We keep ours cold, in the freezer, but they can also be warmed. As discussed in this blog post from last summer a rice pack is a good thing for helping us stay cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather.
My youngest daughter's favorite rice pack is her "boo-boo buddy", and it has a teddy bear face. We keep it in the freezer too. It's not one I made, but one we purchased from the physical therapist. When I got to looking at it, I thought, "I can do that."
This year, I'm making Boo-boo Buddies for my grandchildren. We found some Ty Stuffies at a thrift store. They were half off their usual $1 price tag. We took out the insides and replaced them with rice that was infused with lavender essential oil and mixed with lavender flowers. The nice thing about lavender is that it's calming, which will make these boo-boo buddies great for soothing aches.
It's not, exactly, a gift we made from things we grew or produced here, but it is one of those wonderful repurposed ideas that I adore. And it was easy and inexpensive ... and I think makes a pretty keen gift.