Budget-Friendly DIY Gifts that They Will Love!

DIY gifts

Happy Holidays!!! With Christmas fast approaching you may be wondering what gifts to give this year.

Have you considered a DIY gift? I know gift cards are easier, but DIY gifts are thoughtful, more budget-friendly and less time-consuming than you might think.

And consider this. After all the gift cards have been used and disposed of they’ll still have your gift to look and cherish for a long time to come.

So, if you’re tired of giving the same old thing and would like to be just a little more creative this year, then look no further.

Lets get started…(click for images and more ideas)

Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c sugar
1/3 c kosher salt
zest of 1 extra large lemon (or other citrus)
1 c olive oil
1/4 tsp pure lemon extract, optional

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. If you would like a slightly stronger fragrance, add the extract. Spoon into a pretty jar, tighten the lid. Wipe any spills or drips from the outside of the jar. Alternatively, you can use orange or lime zest for a different fresh citrus smell. For an extra touch, tie a pretty bow around the jar if you plan to gift this scrub. This makes enough for a 1 pint canning jar.

The Perfect Winter Mix

Things Needed:
Small Latch-Top, Seal Proof Jars (Mason Jars)
Hot Cocoa Mix (Can be purchased in bulk as well)
Mini Marshmallows
Some Red, or Green Linen Fabric
Some Red, Green, or Color Ribbon
Candy Canes
Chocolate Hersey Bars or Chocolate of choice
Labels

Directions:
Open up the jar, add in layers the cocoa mix (about halfway full), chocolate squares, crushed or pieces of peppermint and marshmallows inside. Cut the linen cloth into squares and add a piece on top of the jar before closing it up. Tie a piece of ribbon around it, add a label and you’re all set.

Optional: You can also take two mini candy canes per jar and hot glue them in the shape of a heart on top of the jar.

Homemade Play Dough  (a gift idea for the little ones)

Play dough recipe:

1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 tablespoons oil (vegetable, canola)
1/2 cup salt
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
Food coloring, Kool Aid, Jell-O or other colorful mix (prefer two packages of Kool-Aid for best color)
1 quart-sized Ziploc bag for storageDirections:
This is FAST and HOT so kids will not be able to help with this part. Mix ALL ingredients in a large pot stirring constantly over medium-high heat. You will need to keep the mixture moving so it doesn’t burn or cook unevenly. Stir until the dough pulls away from the sides. Turn off the heat and keep the pot ON the burner. Keep stirring the dough until it forms a ball. Remove dough from heat and let it cool to a comfortable touch. Don’t worry if there are small clumps of flour, they will knead out.

Middle Eastern Spice Mix

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup(s) curry powder
1/4 cup(s) paprika
1/4 cup(s) turmeric

2 tablespoon(s) ground cumin
2 tablespoon(s) ground coriander
2 tablespoon(s) ground allspice
1 tablespoon(s) fresh-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon(s) salt

Directions:
Make the spice mix: Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 year. You could also add a piece of ribbon, a scoop and a label.Peppermint Brownie Mix for Jar

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup Andes peppermint crunch baking chips (or chopped Andes mints)
1 1/4 cup flour (carefully add this layer as some of it will sink into the mints)
a pinch of salt

Note: Layer ingredients in a mason jar. Tie with ribbon and download printable tag with instructions. Place the circle instruction cut out on top of the lid and wrap Peppermint Brownies tag around the jar. Add a piece of linen cloth on top of the lid and tie with a piece of ribbon.

Printable Peppermint Brownies in a jar recipe and labels.

Tin Cookies

Things Needed:

Tin containers (you can purchase at the dollar tree)
Your favorite homemade cookies

Directions:

Place your favorite homemade cookies into the tin container, wrap with a piece of ribbon add a label and you’re all set.

Are you feeling excited about the wonders of Christmas DIY’s? Great!!! Lets get moving.

Here’s To Your Health!!!

Stephanie B. Davis
Certified Natural Health Professional

**Disclaimer: Please pray and ask God for direction and always consult a doctor before starting any new regimen.**

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