Post # 1
Hello all! My husband has quite a large family and we all celebrate Christmas together (which is super fun but also a bit crazy). Each year all the cousins and aunts and uncles exchange little gifts. Nothing big, just something cute (usually DIY). Last year I did “Cookies in a Jar” gifts for everyone and they were a hit. But assembling all of those jars turned out to be a big pain. Maybe I just chose a cookie with too many ingredients? It took several days to make all the jars and at the end my kitchen looked like a bomb had exploded. I’m looking for something somewhat in the same vain but…simpler.
So I was wondering if you had any ideas for a good, cheap DIY gift that I could easily make A LOT of? I’m talking about over 30 gifts. Any ideas are appreciated! J
Post # 2
This is a helpful site
The cupcake in a jar, homemade bubble bath or gold initial mug could work perfectly for you. In Christmases past I have made bath bomb, similar to Lush, for co-workers. Very easy and inexpensive. Shhh.. even my manly man husband enjoys a good bath so they can work for men too.
Post # 3
I would pick an easier cookie, or do candies. My sister does chocolate covered pretzels or almond chocolate candies and puts them in a holiday baggie.
Post # 4
Rice Krispy treat tree, and you can melt chocolate and do a little drizzle over it. I did them for valentine’s day and they were very easy
Post # 5
llevinso : DIY soap or candles, Bath Bombs, Bag up some cookies, Jar of Hot coco mix
Post # 6
My sister makes us homemade chilli or chicken seasoning! She purchases everything at Bulk Barn, and scales the recipe WAY up. Then she divides into mason jars and voila: cheap Christmas presents.
Post # 7
Honestly, one of my favourite ‘diy’ gifts was a family recipe! If you handwrite all of them it’s still a lot of work, but it was really special to me.
Post # 8
Sugar Scrubs. Super easy to make. You need basically sugar, coconut oil or something simillar and essential oils. Mix and put in mason jars.
Post # 9
Cook a big batch of apple sauce or cranberry sauce and give away in jars. Cranberry would be simplest, virtually no prep (rinse them?) and like a 2 ingredient total effort that boils by itself. Use a ladle with a spout or a cone with a wide opening to avoid a mess when you fill the jars.
Post # 10
One of my aunts gives away jams and homemade salsa every year! I love getting those homemade canned goods from her.
I also have done infused vodka before in cool little jars, one year I did cranberry lime vodka and it was amazing. I bought all the cranberries on sale after Thanksgiving and found some cool jars at thrift stores and world market.
Post # 11
Inspired by PP infused olive oil is super nice and easy. You can use herbs or chili etc.
Post # 12
Bath soak: get small jars from the dollar store, large bag of epsom salts, add some dried flowers like lavendar and some essential oils. Voila!!
Post # 13
This is not totally DIY but it’s a scaled down version of what we did for a few couple friends last year.
Grab a few cheap holiday movie DVDs (Walmart for 5.00 or dollar store or wherever) a pack of candy canes, and a box of microwave popcorn. Put a couple candy canes, a bag of popcorn, and the holiday movie DVD together in a little gift bag or clear wrap and tie with a ribbon for a cozy movie night in a bag.
ETA: just saw that you wanted to make 30, so this may not work unless you can get them at the dollar store, or even get one of the 5.00 4 packs at Walmart and just get DVD paper sleeves to split them up.
Post # 14
Jam, salt scrub, sugar scrub, candles, rice heating pads with lavender. Just a few ideas.
Post # 15
Hot chocolate jars! You can easily make a massive batch then portion it out. http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chocolate-recipes/epic-hot-chocolate/