We all love to give and receive gifts from our near and dear ones. And when gifts are purchased or made especially for a person, it makes his/her day all the more special and cherished. But, to get that special smile on your loved one’s face, you have to search through stores and market to pick up the most distinguished and exquisite piece of present that would be highly appreciated by him/her. This only means that you have to spend a generous amount of your paycheck. However, with some time, thought, and creativity, you can make a treasured gift at home that will be loved and appreciated, and moreover, will be priceless! And to get those expressions, you simply have to pull out a few materials available at home and explore your juicy thoughts. Navigate through the lines below for some ideas to make homemade gifts.
Easy Homemade Gift Ideas
Presenting a jar of bath salts is a classic gift and very easy to make as well. For this, you will require two cups each of Epsom salts, baking soda, and sea salt. You can find Epsom salts at any drug store. Combine all the materials and fill them up in large jars. Use decorative jars, mason jars, or baby food jars for an attractive look. You can add soap coloring to get different colored bath salts. For a ‘sugar and spice’ bath experience, add a few ground spices, such as 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger, and ¼ tsp cloves, to give the product a wonderful aroma.
Hot Cocoa Mix
If it’s winter or fall time, gifting hot cocoa mix would be an ideal present. Simply combine four parts of non-fat dry milk with two parts sugar, one part cocoa, and one part powdered non-dairy creamer. Mix the contents to get a hot cocoa mix. Jot down the instructions to prepare a delicious and brewing hot mug of cocoa on a decorative piece of paper. Transfer the cocoa mix in a nice mason jar and either attach or slip in the instructions into the mixture. Cut a square piece of decorative fabric using pinking shears and drape in over the jar. Complete the gift by tying a ribbon around the rim of the jar.
Bread Dipping Oils
One of the most easy-to-make and appreciated gifts is bread dipping oil. You will need olive oil, decorative oil glass bottle, and some ingredients available in your kitchen. Start off with mixing one tsp each of crushed red pepper, ground black pepper, oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley, garlic, and salt with half a cup of extra virgin olive oil. Mix well and fill the mixture into the glass bottle. Secure the lid and tie a pretty satin ribbon around it. Attach a small tag from the ribbon mentioning the name of the oil and indicating the person to shake the bottle before serving. Accompany it with a loaf of freshly baked bread - a sure shot gift to please the receiver.
Chocolate Cake For One
How about gifting the birthday guy with his own individual birthday cake that is ready in just five minutes? Pick up a decorative microwave-resistant mug from a craft store. Fill it up with 4 tbsp each of flour and sugar. Add 2 tsp of cocoa powder and 3 tbsp of chocolate chips. List the instructions to prepare the cake on a tag and attach it to the ribbon tied around the mug. The person will have to add one beaten egg, a dash of vinegar, and 3 tbsp each of milk and oil. Stir all the ingredients and set the mug in the oven for 3 minutes. As the cake rises to the top of the mug, the birthday guy will sure thank you for this sweet and delicious gift.
Get a set of pretty teacups, wicks, colored wax, and some fragrances from a local craft store. You can avoid getting wax from outside if you have candles in your home. Melt them in a double boiler and add food colors or colored crayon shavings to the wax. Add fragrance. Hold a wick in the center of a teacup and pour the melted wax. Continue holding the wick until the wax turns semi-solid. Allow the wax to cool and thicken completely. Decorate the teacups, using ribbons and fabric.