Gift-giving can be challenging, whether it’s for a holiday or a special occasion. In some situations, money can be an issue, making it difficult for you to give something great while staying within your budget. In other cases, you may be struggling to find a good idea for the person who already seems to have everything. Homemade gifts are the perfect solution, and are a fun and easy way to show people that you care.
1. Homemade Body Scrub
No matter who you are, you need to take good care of your skin and exfoliate it routinely to keep it looking and feeling its best. Homemade body scrubs are excellent gifts for everyone, no matter their age or gender. You can completely customize it to create a product that will suit their unique tastes.
Start with one-half cup of white or brown sugar and one-half cup of your favorite carrier oil. Coconut oil is a great option because it is inexpensive and stays a bit more solid at room temperature, making it easier to store and work with.
Combine these two ingredients until they are well mixed, then add in a few drops of your favorite Young Living Essential Oils products. Try a blend of lavender and chamomile for relaxation, citrus for energy, or sandalwood or peppermint for a more masculine scent.
Package your scrub in a small resealable jar or container. Be sure to label it with the ingredients you chose, along with the instructions. The product can be used two to three times per week, but should not be used on the face or neck; skin is more sensitive here and coarse sugar granules can damage it.
2. Personalized Coffee Mugs
Whether coffee, tea, or cocoa is their beverage of choice, anyone can enjoy a good mug. You can create an artistically personalized version by purchasing a solid white mug for just a few dollars. Use permanent markers to create your own unique design. Allow the mug to dry overnight and apply a second coat for longer-lasting results.
Once the ink has dried for about 12 hours, bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to help set the design. Instruct the receiver to only wash the mug by hand; cleaning it in the dishwasher can cause the ink to wear off over time.
3. Food Gifts
Who doesn’t love a tasty treat from time to time? When it comes to gifting food, the possibilities are virtually endless. Create a care package with their favorite foods and snacks. Bake them a delicious dessert and wrap it creatively.
Snack mixes are another excellent option for those who prefer salty over sweet. You can also create a kit that allows them to make something tasty on their own time without too much prepping and measuring. Simply package the ingredients together and include some easy-to-follow instructions. Hot cocoa, brownies, and cookies are great options for this approach.
4. Upcycled TV Trays
If you want to gift something beautiful and practical for the home, you can try your hand at a simple DIY project that can last for years. Start with a set of plain wooden TV trays. Choose a fabric in colors and patterns that you think suits the receiver’s tastes and apply it to the top and over the edges using thin layers of Mod Podge glue.
Once the glue is dried, finish with a few layers of spray-on acrylic sealant to create a smooth, waterproof surface. Allow the tray to dry for at least 24 hours before moving, gifting, or using.
5. Cute and Colorful Tote Bags
Give your loved one something fun and useful by creating a set of personalized tote bags. These are perfect for hauling groceries or carrying anything from point A to point B. You can create your own design by hand or trace one by placing a printout behind the fabric first.
Use permanent markers to create your design. Be sure to choose a bag that is made from more natural materials to ensure the image endures. You can also take other steps to make permanent marker ink last on fabric surfaces.
Are you ready to step up your gift-giving game? Give these easy, homemade gifts a try for options that are just as fun to give as they are to receive.