(Closed) Home-made Christmas gift ideas… anyone?

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
Post # 17
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did DIY etched beer and wine glasses for Future Father-In-Law and his wife. Future Father-In-Law brews his own beer, so I did the beer glasses with his beer’s brand name, and then did the wine glasses with an H. Super easy! Glasses from the dollar store, etching cream (I got a small one from Hobby Lobby, only saw the giant bottles elsewhere), and stickers (the kind where the whole sheet is sticky, so you can cut out the area around the sticker, remove the sticker, and put the outline on the glass). Glob on the etching cream with a q-tip, let it sit, wash it off. I’m doing a rooster on the beer ones today using contact paper.

I made a glitter coffee mug for Future Sister-In-Law. Bought a photo travel mug from the Dollar Store, loose glitter (glitter paint does NOT work), spray adhesive, and a clear coat. Separate the outer layer and spray adhesive on the inside. Dump some glitter in, cover the top with some cardboard, and shake. Dump out the excess glitter, spray more adhesive, more glitter, more shaking. Can’t make the layer of glitter too thick, otherwise the inner part won’t fit. When it’s good, spray the glitter with a clear coat and let dry. Put it back together, and now it’s shiny.

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@liquidschwarrtz:  You should definitely try it–I couldn’t believe how good it was! I’ll admit I “taste tested” quite a bit! haha

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@ScottishMrs:  i am totally going to try that sponge toffee recipe.

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@julies1949:  that frame is a great idea for someone who has everything.  love it.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

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@mypinkshoes:  Just a tip, don’t make it as dark as you want it to be when it’s finished because it continues to cook in the middle after you pour it in the container. I ruined a batch like that. Apparently my candy thermometer doesn’t work as well as it used to.

Post # 21
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@ScottishMrs:  thanks for the tip.  i’ve been making peanut brittle lately and the concept is very similar.  i’ve tossed some batches.  🙁

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ah I am the queen of homemade Christmas gifts. Now that I no longer have the time to make/assemble homemade gifts and give store-bought ones, I get harrassed for the homemade stuff! Sigh!

I have given –

trays of homemade cookies

jars of homemade jelly

jars of homemade salsa

jars of homemade bath salts (just need epsom salts, a little light oil and something to make them smell nice, like peppermint extract or essential oils).

herb-infused oils – like a large sprig of rosemary in some light olive oil.

My gift baskets were also popular; Go to the dollar store and pick up some cute (cheap) baskets.

Cooks basket – oven mitts, pot holders, dish towles, a whisk or wooden spoon.

Bath basket – basket filled with a loofah or sponge, buble bath, bath “bombs” etc.

A movie basket – filled with popcorn pakcs, boxes of movie-type candy

A Child’s Basket- Filled with coloring and activity books, crayons, washable markers, etc.

 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I like the idea of vanilla sugar!

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

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@mypinkshoes:  Ooh, peanut brittle is amazing! Would you be willing to share your recipe with me?

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@julies1949:  i loved this date frame so much that i just made one for my dh for xmas.  i just have to find a frame now.  thanks again for the suggestion.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

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@mypinkshoes:  Thank you!

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow these are all great ideas thanks for sharing I think I will make a couple 

Post # 29
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Bumble bee

Idk about the guys, but I’ve done homemade sugar scrubs for the women in my life before. Really easy, just get a jar (make sure the opening is wide enough to reach in and scoop out some of the scrub, and that it’s easy to open with no metal parts), then add sugar and baby oil to the desired consistency (I do a thick paste). Then add essential oil for fragrance. You can switch it up by using salt instead of sugar, or adding stuff like ground walnut shells; you can use olive oil or something else for the oil, as well- I only used baby oil cause it was cheaper and I was making like 8 of them.

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