Elegant and easy gifts you can make today!
3 Tips For Making Homemade Gifts
1. Make a number of gifts in just one night with one good basic recipe. No more struggling to find the perfect gift at the last minute!
2. Buy ingredients online. You can get professional ingredients and save money, too. In fact, most of the time you can even save shipping costs.
3. Using one basic recipe and customizing it, you can create different unique gifts for each person on your list. In fact, you can even create and label your own brand.
“Homemade gifts are perfect anytime!”
Unique Homemade Gifts
Did you know that during Victorian times the focus on homemade holiday gifts for Christmas was actually the presentation? The design of the paper and the ribbons was what made a gift memorable. It’s the same today. Your handmade bath and beauty products can look spectacular just by playing up color and creativity.
Dover publications (Amazon) has clip art that you can download onto your computer and print off on labels or paper. You can find colorful prints for all off the seasons including Christmas, or you can go with ornate frames and borders.
If you’re creating homemade holiday gifts that you put in jars to give – like bath salts – then why not print off a beautiful quote or piece of poetry onto vellum paper in your favorite script? Trim the edges and then take the vellum and lightly spray with an adhesive spray. Gently press it onto the glass. It gives a beautiful, almost frosted effect.
Each gift should have it’s own bow, even if it’s being wrapped with one. For instance, if you are putting your bath salt jars into a gift wrap bag, make sure you have a separate gold or silver tied around the lid of the jar itself. It’s the simple touches that show your recipient you took the time to think about them.
The Best Homemade Gifts
When you need to work quickly the best gifts are the ones you can do from a basic recipe:
Make up a large batch of mixed bath salts: One part Epsom salts and one part Dead Sea salts. Then separate into different bowls and add different fragrances and colors to each. For instance, if you want relaxing bath salts then add a little blue color to the recipe. On the other hand, if you want something citrusy and bright then add yellow or orange colors.
Specialty lip gloss and lip balms can be made with flavoring: Start with one recipe. Make it a few days in advance and then experiment with adding flavors. For Christmas you can add a little peppermint flavoring. The labels can be red and white candy cane stripes. Or how about going all natural and adding honey to your lip gloss recipes? In that case the labels could be a simple honey bee.
Package several homemade holiday gifts together in a theme: For instance, combine a bar of your natural soap with a tin of lip balm and a jar of bath salts. If you stick with a central theme – like honey products – the colors will even coordinate.
* The secret to making your homemade holiday gifts is to start early! Order your materials and then do one project at a time. Make all your lip balms and lip glosses on one day. Then the next day do your bath salts, etc. When it’s time to wrap you can simply select the items you want and you’re on your way!