HOLIDAY GIFTING TIPS PART IV – DIY GIFTS
In Part III of my Holiday Gifting Tips, I discussed 5 Ways to Never Pay Full Price for a Gift PLUS a bonus 6th way: DIY. So, in Part IV I’ve got 3 DIY gifts for anyone left on your list PLUS another bonus 4th DIY way to jazz up your presents! Whether you’re a DIY diva or novice, the holidays are the perfect time to delve in to DIY project to gift. Regardless of your skill level, I’ve got your covered!
The Old Standby: Skill Level Easy
When in doubt, go with something chocolate. No matter who you’re gifting – man, woman, or child – you can never have enough sweets during the holiday season. These truffles not only taste good, but also look good. In just 5 ingredients, you’ve got a refined and sophisticated alternative to your typical holiday sweets. Here’s the recipe courtesy of one of my favorite chefs, Claire Robinson of 5 Ingredient Fix. This gal knows how to knock out a recipe in five ingredients or fewer!
1. 1/3C cream
2. 14OZ white chocolate, chopped
3. 1T butter
4. 8OZ dark chocolate, chopped
5. 1 1/2C topping of your choice
Directions: Place chopped white chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat cream in a saucepan over low heat. Add hot cream to white chocolate in bowl, then add butter. Whisk until mixture is smooth. Refrigerate for at least 2hrs, then form into balls. Refrigerate again for at least 1hr before the next step. Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Dip each white chocolate ball into the melted dark chocolate, using a fork to remove the dipped ball and place on wire rack. Sprinkle dipped balls with topping of your choice: cocoa powder, sprinkles, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, espresso grinds, any or all of the above! SPECIAL TIP: Doubling the recipe is recommended for gifting to a crowd!
21 and Up: Skill Level Medium
Who doesn’t love decorative wine stoppers? Everyone is having a drink or two or three at holiday festivities and get togethers, so what better way to treat your legal ladies than with something fun and functional for their favorite bottle. Thanks to Zooey Deschanel’s positive online community for women, Hello Giggles, you only need 3 items to make an awesome personalized wine stopper to gift!
Decorative Wine Stoppers
1. Wine Corks
2. Decorative Knobs
3. Drill (electric or hand)
OPTIONAL: Hot glue or other strong glue
Directions: If you’re like me, you’ve got a collection of wine corks just waiting for a craft. If not, they’re cheap and easy to buy in bulk at your local craft store (about $3 for 12), or down a couple bottles in the next couple weeks, and bam! You’ve got your corks for Christmas! You might also have some knobs lying around that you’ve replaced with others. If not, you can go scouring at your local thrift shop or vintage market or purchase some at your local craft store or your favorite home store (Anthropologie comes to mind) for about $3-$12 each. SPECIAL TIP: The length of the cork must exceed the length of the screw on the knob! Once you’ve procured these two items and a drill, you’re ready to get crafting. Step 1 – Select the drill bit that most closely matches the size of the screw on your knob and drill down the center, not all the way to the bottom but enough so your screw will fit. Step 2 – screw your knob into the hole! For a little extra protection, screw the knob in almost all the way, and apply a small amount of hot glue to the top of the cork where the decorative knob head will rest. Complete that final screwing in, and allow the decorative knob head to adhere to the top of the cork.
P.S. Want to make your gift extra special? Give it with a bottle of wine!
Pamper Your Girls: Skill Level Easy
I made this scrub for my girls a couple Christmases ago, they were all in love, and everyone wanted the recipe. So, now I’m sharing it with all of you! Be sure to make enough to gift and keep on hand for yourself – you’re going to want some!
Holiday Cheer Sugar Scrub
1. 1C Sugar (I like a raw sugar for a more coarse texture)
2. 1/2C Coconut Oil
3. 1/2tsp Vitamin E Oil
4. 1/4tsp Sweet Almond Oil
5. A few drops of Essential Oil of your choice for scent (Orange, lavender, or peppermint recommended!)
6. Containers and stickers
Directions: Combine all ingredients and place in 4, 2oz containers (about $15 for 12). Use holiday gift tags to label the scrub!
BONUS: Good Gifts Come In Good Packages
The best gifts come in the best packages. Use your creativity, craftiness, and all around DIY skills to make gift packaging that’s as good as the gift inside. Creating a gift box with these DIY gifts and other additions could be a great way to create a whole package (pun intended). These clear fillable ball ornaments (about $15 for 12) are another great way to jazz up a small gift.