Simple HandMade Gifts

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I recently shared with you how to cleverly wrap your Christmas presents but what about the actual gifts themselves? I have always found it difficult to find the right item for every person on my list so, for me, doing massive baking sessions and rationing out tasty treats has always been the way to go. After all, who can resist chocolatey goodness? However, if you are trying to find something a little more personalised than shortbread or brownies then this post is just right for you. For the one who is always in the kitchen:

The Hot Chocolate Kit:

Time to warm up in front of a fire with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Put together a box lined with pretty Christmassy paper and fill it with packets of hot chocolate, marshmallows and peppermint sticks. You can personalise this even more by re-packaging store bought hot chocolate mix into glassine envelopes and adding labels downloaded free.

Cookie Mix in a Jar:

Put together all the ingredients in an attractive jar and let someone else enjoy the baking and mixing. There are so many recipes on the net. Chocolate chip cookies is usually a safe bet while a gingerbread biscuit mix is perfect for Christmas. Print out the recipe onto some pretty paper and include it with the ingredients.

For someone who needs a break:

Hand and body scrubs:

Sometimes, it’s important to remind that hardworking person in your life to take a little time for themselves instead of others. Give them these homemade scrubs in a jar and they’ll be sure to take you up on the offer. Best of all, these are so easy to make that you’ll be able to take a break yourself. Scrubs are good for up to six months when stored in an airtight container.

  • Lemon sugar hand scrub: Mix together 500g sugar, 250ml extra virgin olive oil and 60ml lemon juice (or your preferred scented essential oil) in a pretty jar.
  • Warm vanilla sugar and coconut scrub: Mix together 250g brown or demerara sugar and 6-8 tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil in a small bowl. Add 15-20 drops one drop at a time of vanilla essential oil (or fragrance of choice). Decant into an attractive container.

For the new homeowner:

Enamel painted vases: This blog has a great tutorial on how you can transform cheap clear glass vases into absolutely gorgeous coloured vases using simple products available at any craft shop. The recipient will think you splurged on them.

Canvas picture: Love the look of canvas pictures but aren’t too fond of the prices? You can always look at our photography and prints vouchers for great savings or you can make your own. All you need is a wooden board, some Mod Podge glue (available at Amazon for less than a fiver) and a blown up picture. Then follow these simple instructions.

Is all of this far too much effort for you? You can always check out my favourite recipes from last year and try the baking route. Make it more personal by printing out the recipe on some paper and using the paper to wrap the cookies. I would recommend putting some parchment or greaseproof paper between the cookies and the paper to prevent oil stains.

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