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One of the traditions we started a few years ago is that of making easy homemade gifts. This has become a special way for the kids to get involved with gift-giving and also a way for us to simplify the holiday (no crazy mall traffic or going into debt). Below, are a few ideas for how to make this holiday a bit more homemade and simple.
I’m not a naturally crafty person. I’d like to think that I’m crafty, but every time I attempt a craft project on Pinterest I’m reminded of the fact that the crafty genes don’t flow in this body. I’m telling you this because the following ideas don’t require a single ounce of craftiness. This is a busy season, so let’s get right to it…
Easy Homemade Gift Ideas
Make homemade hot chocolate mix, spoon into jars (I love Weck Jars for a special touch), and add a ribbon. Want to add something extra? Make a hot chocolate basket with a couple of ceramic mugs, hot chocolate mix, and marshmallows (homemade or store-bought). Add instructions on the gift tag.
Several years ago, I received a salt scrub in my stocking. The scrub was heavenly. Once the scrub was gone, I decided to start making a similar version at home (thankfully the ingredients were listed on the jar: coconut oil, salt, and lemongrass essential oil). Spoon the homemade scrub into a glass jar (these are awesome) and add a ribbon along with instructions for massaging the scrub over the body and/or hands.
My favorite homemade gift to make and give. The kids love getting involved with this one since there’s no melting of wax required. If you’d prefer traditional jar candles, this slow-cooker recipe is my favorite. Remember to make a few extra candles to enjoy in your own home.
This option does require more effort, but the end result is luxurious. I prefer body butter over lotion because it’s rich and super moisturizing. Body butter isn’t formulated with water (unlike lotion), so it doesn’t require a preservative and keeps for months. Make full jars or smaller stocking stuffer size jars. Either way, this body butter is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
Give the gift of experience! Examples: zoo or aquarium passes, a cooking class, a mini trip (a day or overnight trip as a family), passes to a bowling alley, a manicure or pedicure or facial or massage, babysitting service (to a family member or friends with kids), a house cleaning (hint, hint, if my family is reading this), movie theatre tickets, museum tickets, or an online pilates membership (I personally have this one and use it weekly!). This post from Mother.ly has great experience-based gift ideas for kids.
Cookies In a Jar
If you love to bake, make cookies and package them up in jars or boxes. Chocolate chip cookies are always a favorite. I recommend this einkorn recipe or this gluten-free recipe. Or, if you’d prefer to leave the baking to the recipient, make cookies in a jar! Top each jar or box with a homemade sticker for an extra special touch.