Fab Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas!

Christmas shopping can be a real stress. Between trying to budget, trying to remember what everyone's favorite things are, and trying to do all that while still making your gift choices personalized... it can induce the intense need to drink a glass of wine (or hot tottie! Tis the season after all!)

After many years of Christmas shopping, I've come to the realization that most people treasure homemade goodies more than the shirt you bought them from Nordstrom (but, I mean, who doesn't love Nordies??) Thus, I've taken to homemade holiday gifts. It takes more time, energy and creativity to make a gift, and most people really appreciate that.

To make your life a little easier, I've spotted my favorite homemade holiday gifts for this year! 

Mason Jar Sugar & Salt Scrubs

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   Small Mason Jar (99 Cent Store) Sugar (white or brown) Salt (sea, pink Himalayan, or kosher) Coconut Oil Your Favorite Essential Oils  Twine Free Print Labels  (https://www.avery.com/ideas/galleries/christmas)    What You Do  Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of salt. Add in a tablespoon of coconut oil. If it is too clumpy, add more as you see fit. Add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil (Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rose, etc). Wrap some twine around the lip of the mason jar, and tie into a bow for a presentational look. Go to avery.com and print out some free labels for your Sugar & Salt Scrub!

What You Need
Small Mason Jar (99 Cent Store)
Sugar (white or brown)
Salt (sea, pink Himalayan, or kosher)
Coconut Oil
Your Favorite Essential Oils
Twine
Free Print Labels (https://www.avery.com/ideas/galleries/christmas)

What You Do
Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of salt. Add in a tablespoon of coconut oil. If it is too clumpy, add more as you see fit. Add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil (Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rose, etc).
Wrap some twine around the lip of the mason jar, and tie into a bow for a presentational look.
Go to avery.com and print out some free labels for your Sugar & Salt Scrub!

Colorful Utensils

  What You Need  Wooden Utensils (99 Cent Store, Target, Ikea) Pastel Wood Paints (Michaels, Joanns, Hobby Lobby) Blue Paint Tape (Home Depot, Staples) Ribbon (99 Cent Store)   What You Do  Tape your Blue Painter's Tape around the section above the handle where you wish to paint.  Dip your  brush in your desired paint dolor, and paint generous coats of paint on the handle, painting just slightly into the Blue Paint Tape. Let dry. Remove tape. Repeat with each wooden utensil. Tie your bundle of utensils together with a ribbon!

What You Need
Wooden Utensils (99 Cent Store, Target, Ikea)
Pastel Wood Paints (Michaels, Joanns, Hobby Lobby)
Blue Paint Tape (Home Depot, Staples)
Ribbon (99 Cent Store)

What You Do
Tape your Blue Painter's Tape around the section above the handle where you wish to paint. 
Dip your  brush in your desired paint dolor, and paint generous coats of paint on the handle, painting just slightly into the Blue Paint Tape.
Let dry. Remove tape. Repeat with each wooden utensil. Tie your bundle of utensils together with a ribbon!

Essential Oil Soaps

  What You Need  Soap Base (Hobby Lobby, Michaels) Essential Oils Flower Petals or Oatmeal Soap Molds Microwavable Bowl Twine or Ribbon   What You Do  Remove your soap base from it's packaging. Following instructions on the label (typically it says microwave base for :20-:40 seconds in the microwave). Once melted, carefully add your desired essential oils (2-4 drops). Sprinkle in your flower petals or oatmeal. Poor into soap mold. Let cool. Push out of soap mold. Wrap with twine or ribbon!  You can order everything you need online at  www.hobbylobby.com

What You Need
Soap Base (Hobby Lobby, Michaels)
Essential Oils
Flower Petals or Oatmeal
Soap Molds
Microwavable Bowl
Twine or Ribbon

What You Do
Remove your soap base from it's packaging. Following instructions on the label (typically it says microwave base for :20-:40 seconds in the microwave). Once melted, carefully add your desired essential oils (2-4 drops). Sprinkle in your flower petals or oatmeal. Poor into soap mold. Let cool. Push out of soap mold. Wrap with twine or ribbon!

You can order everything you need online at www.hobbylobby.com

Coffee Mug Mixers

  What You Need  Chocolate (your desired flavor: dark, white, peppermint) Toffee Chocolate shavings Candy Canes Plastic Wrap Twine or ribbon Antique Spoons  (www.amazon.com)     What You Do  Break your chosen candy pieces into tiny sprinkly bits (whether chocolate shavings, candy canes, or toffee). Pour your chocolate pieces into a pan/pot. Cook on low, staring the chocolate till it is just melted. Immediately pour melted chocolate into your vintage spoons. and top with your chosen candy treats! Let dry. Cover spoon with plastic wrapping and tie with twine or ribbon!

What You Need
Chocolate (your desired flavor: dark, white, peppermint)
Toffee
Chocolate shavings
Candy Canes
Plastic Wrap
Twine or ribbon
Antique Spoons (www.amazon.com) 

What You Do
Break your chosen candy pieces into tiny sprinkly bits (whether chocolate shavings, candy canes, or toffee). Pour your chocolate pieces into a pan/pot. Cook on low, staring the chocolate till it is just melted. Immediately pour melted chocolate into your vintage spoons. and top with your chosen candy treats! Let dry. Cover spoon with plastic wrapping and tie with twine or ribbon!

Infused Vodkas

  What You Need  Glass Bottles (as pictured above) Your Choice of High End Vodka (Grey Goose is always a good choice!) Your Choice of fruit, herbs, or spices (Peach, peppermint, cucumber, chair, orange, lemon)   What You Do  Push your fruit, herbs or spices into your glass bottles. Pour your high-end vodka into your glass bottles. (Give yourself at least a few weeks for these babies to soak before giving to your loved ones.) 

What You Need
Glass Bottles (as pictured above)
Your Choice of High End Vodka (Grey Goose is always a good choice!)
Your Choice of fruit, herbs, or spices (Peach, peppermint, cucumber, chair, orange, lemon)

What You Do
Push your fruit, herbs or spices into your glass bottles. Pour your high-end vodka into your glass bottles. (Give yourself at least a few weeks for these babies to soak before giving to your loved ones.)