Sugar Scrub- Sugar scrubs are so easy, inexpensive, and delightful! The last time I honestly made some was at my baby shower... but I plan on making some this holiday season! If you already have an arsenal of essential oils, it's even easier. All you need are mason jars, sugar, oil, essential oils, and a little decoration! Doesn't Peppermint Sugar Scrub sound divine!?
Home-made Calendar- I made one of these for myself and gifted one a few years ago, and i seem to have misplaced it... All you have to do is gather a bunch of (free) paint chips from Home Depot or Lowe's, cut and position in the frame size of your choice, and put it BEHIND the glass so you can use the glass as dry-erase and change each month. GENIUS! You can find more directions for this exact picture here.
Picture Coasters- These are my favorite. So much that I may have overdone it last year with them, But they're so easy and cheap! Just buy 4 white tiles from Home Depot or Lowe's ( .14 each), and print off some pictures of the loved one that you are gifting to. Cut the picture to size, Mod Podge onto the tile, Mod Podge over the picture, and finish off my spraying with CLEAR spray paint a few times to seal. Then tie with a pretty bow! These are the ones I made for my sister last year.
Wool Dryer Balls- I just made these for the first time. They are a little time consuming and can make your hand a little achy, but I think they're fun and a thoughtful, useful gift! This is a picture of the ones I made, but you can follow this link for directions!
Baked Goods- Who doesn't love a jar of cookie mixings, a fresh loaf of Amish bread, or some homemade candy? I don't have a link for this, as I am still searching for the perfect recipes, although I have some ideas... Simply scour Pinterest or the internet to find a favorite recipe and make it happen! Don't forget to wrap it up nice and pretty!
Homemade Vanilla Extract- My newest adventure. Vanilla extract is made from Vanilla Beans and vodka (or rum or whiskey). I also don't have a link for this one, as there are SO many options for making this. Check out Pinterest for a TON of ideas and recipes- I can't share mine yet because they are not finished! I'll let you know how they turned out soon! (Note: This gift takes 2-3 months before ready. You can make the little bottles and add a "ready by" date for the recipient).
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We used 1 cup of applesauce, 1 1/4 cup cinnamon, and mix with hands. You want the dough to be moist, but not wet. Roll out in between wax paper to 1/4in thick, and cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes. Use a straw to poke holes for hanging (press into dough and twist). Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours- I actually did a little longer. Or you can let them sit on the counter for 3-4 days to harden. Add ribbon, writing, glitter, whatever your heart desires! I have given these as small gifts, but I know others who has used them as gift tags! So cute!