Tuesday, November 19, 2013

homemade gift ideas part 1

'Tis the Season for Giving

Christmas is my most favorite seasons. I love the decorations, I love the lights, I love the songs, and I love the cookies. I also really enjoy making gifts for family and friends. We have had many hand made Christmas's lately. I think all my friends would agree that having children is way more expensive than we ever could have imagined. And then going from two incomes to one was a big change. I am here to tell you do not fret! I will rescue you from your gift-giving worries! I plan to do a few posts over the next two weeks all about gift ideas! This is part 1 of homemade gifts.

Mini Spa in a Jar

I seem to always have an abundance of mason jars hanging around. And I save any and all jars that can possibly be reused. I used wide mouth jars so I could easily fit more into them. First I gathered my treats for inside the jars. I got all my "spa kit" essentials at Target.

Inside each jar was: Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, St. Eves Facial Scrub, Clean and Clear Face Wash, Burt's Bees Lip Balm, and Essie Nail Polish. You could throw in some chocolate too but I plan to gift some homemade treats along with these jars, so I wanted to stick just to these items.

After stuffing the jar, I cut a strip of felt and wrapped my jar. I secured it with a large safety pin. I tied some twine around the top and added a tag I punched from glittery scrapbook paper. I also traced the lid onto craft cardstock, cut it out, and placed it on top under the ring to hide the writing on the lid.

Homemade Pancake Mix

After making these little gems last year for my craft workshop at MOPS and hearing how much everyone loved the idea, I decided to make them again this year. I used one mason jar and one upcycled jar. I use the pancake recipe from The Joy of Cooking. It is my favorite, it is easy, and I can add anything to the batter and it remains awesome...and my kids eat it. It's a winner in my book. I mixed each batch of dry ingredients together in a bowl and then scooped the mixture into the jar. Repeat for the second jar. 

 I used shipping tags (I buy these in bulk at Staples) to stamp the ingredients to be added. Last year I included paint dipped wooden spoons. I might still make those and add them, not sure. I again traced and cut out a cover for mason jar lid from scrapbook paper. I used red bakers twine, lace, and ribbon to jazz up each jar.

Tea and Cake for One

I went to a Tastefully Simple party a while back and when I saw these little individual mug cakes in the catalogue I was all over it. I bought one box, which came with three packets of mix. Perfect for gifting in a mug! I also picked up a box Tazo Chamomile Tea from Target, one of my favorites. Chamomile is supposed to be calming...I need that in my life.

I slipped 4 bags of tea into small clear treat bags. I then cut a few doilies in half and stapled them (I use the Tim Holtz mini stapler) to each pack, both the cake mix and the tea bags. I used my faithful shipping tags again to write out the directions for the cake mix. I tied on a bit of vintage lace and called it done. Both mugs are from TJ Maxx and were under $5.

The perfect gift for a tired mommy who like tea and chocolate cake!

Happy Making!


1 comment :

  1. Nice ideas! Tobi and I have been making ornament gifts to give out or use as tags on gifts. (: