Sometimes making your own gifts takes more time and ends up costing more than you plan on spending. But there’s no denying the thoughtfulness and the special impression a homemade gift makes. Check out these awesome ideas, that won’t eat up your time or budget.
1. Kitchen Utensils and Tea Towels Gift Set
Buy a stack of colorful tea towels and some quality wooden kitchen utensils and wrap them all with some butcher’s twine for a great hostess gift this holiday season. Adding a tin of some home baking or share some of your favorite recipe cards, with a baking dish or new pie plate.
2. Unique Tea Towels
Another great tea towel gift idea is to buy some plain color tea towels. I would suggest white, ivory or a light grey. Make sure you wash them first. Then, using a black permanent Sharpie pen, add a favorite quote or message that would apply to the person that would receive this gift. You should probably plan it out on a sheet of paper or even lightly pencil it on to the tea towel. If you’re stuck for a suitable quote check the internet for something coffee or tea related or any other inspirational quote. These will be fade a bit when washed, but that just adds to the rustic charm!
3. DIY Succulent Garden
All you need is a wooden box to begin with. You can paint it black or charcoal grey and then sand the edges for that rustic touch. Add some potting soil, and 3 small succulent plants, and maybe some twine around the box and that’s it!
4. Clay Magnets
For this gift, you will need some hardening clay, some cookie cutters, ink stamps, small magnets, and glue. Start by rolling out your clay to approximately 5mm thickness. Use your cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Use your ink stamps to stamp on a pattern, or any other object that will leave an impression. You can experiment with the colors and patterns. After they have dried, glue a magnet to the back. There you go!
5. Tick Tack Toe Game
Here’s what to make if you or your daughter have collected a lot of round smooth stones this past summer. Sew a little drawstring bag with a piece of burlap or plain white cotton fabric. Use a permanent black Sharpie marker to make tick tack toe squares. Use eight stones. On four, draw white o’s and on the remaining four, draw four white xs.
Place all the stones in the bag for storage. Add a tag to your gift that says ”You Rock!”.
6. Wine Bottle Gnome
A cool way to add charm to your wine bottle gift is to create a gnome topper. You will need some felt, glue, a pompom or wooden knob or button for a nose, and some faux fur fabric for the beard. Cut the felt into an 8” x 10” rectangle, and the faux fur into a triangle 2” wide and about 4” long. Wrap the rectangle into a cone shape and fasten it with glue. Glue the fur beard onto the inside of the hat, and finish with the pompom nose. So cute! And you can make a whole tribe of these guys.
7. Birdseed Ornaments
Mix 3/4 cup all-purpose white flour
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
Add 4 cups of birdseed and knead into a stiff dough. Arrange cookie cutters that have been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, on a piece of parchment paper, and pack in the dough. Use a straw to make a hole in each. When they are dry, push the seed shapes out of the molds.
Cut pieces of red and white twine to hang the ornaments to tree branches for our feathered friends to enjoy. For gifting, wrap them in clear cellophane. Instead of the cookie cutter shapes, you can also make ball-shaped ornaments.
8. Lavender Bath Fizzes
Homemade lavender bath fizzes in a glass jar are perfect for the home spa lover.
Mix together: 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, and 1 cup citric acid. Spray with water from a spray bottle, while mixing with the other hand. Add just enough water so that the mixture holds its shape when squeezed. You can add food coloring if you wish. For example, four drops of blue and eight drops of red give a nice light lavender color. Add drops of essential lavender oil. An option is to also add two or three dried lavender buds. Knead everything well. Now press mixture tightly into a silicone mold. You can add a few more dried lavender buds on top of the cubes. After they have hardened, put the cubes in glass jars, and add some ribbon and some lavender sprigs to decorate.
9. Photo Ornaments
You’ll need round wood ornaments with distressed edges. Print out your favorite photos in black and white and cut them into circles to fit on the wooden ornaments leaving an even border all around. If you have a photo editing program on your computer you can enlarge and crop them to fit, or add the location and year the photo was taken or the name of the person in the photo, just to give some ideas. Use a foam brush and some matte “ModPodge”, or similar clear glaze. Once dry, brush the back in the same way. Punch holes in the tops and add some twine to hang the ornaments. What a nice way to preserve treasured moments!
10. Milk and Honey Soap
Milk and honey soap smells great, moisturizes, clarifies and is naturally antibacterial. You’ll need 1 lb. of goats’ milk soap base, a silicone mold ideally in a honeycomb shape, organic raw honey, and some yellow and red soap colorant.
Place cubes of the soap base in a four cup size measuring glass, and melt in the microwave in 30-second increments. Add 3 tablespoons of honey, and a few drops of yellow coloring, and some red for a more golden yellow color. Pour into the mold and allow to cool.
Package them in clear cellophane wrap or glass jars for a lovely gift.