04 Dec 4 Easy DIY Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank
If you’re dreaming of a financially secure holiday, consider giving handmade gifts this season. DIY presents are heartfelt, personalized, and inexpensive. Your friends and family will appreciate a handmade gift that shows more thought and care than a generic present. This year, skip the crowded malls and cozy up at home with these DIY gift ideas.
1. Peppermint Spa Trio
With the winter months wreaking havoc on sensitive skin, your friends and family will appreciate this adorable DIY spa kit. This peppermint-scented trio will exfoliate and moisturize skin with a sugar scrub, whipped body cream, and a soothing foot soak.
For the peppermint scrub, you will need one cup of sugar, ¼ cup of coconut oil, five-eight drops of peppermint essential oil, and two drops of red food coloring. First, microwave the coconut oil in a heat-safe bowl for approximately 20-30 seconds. Once the oil has melted, mix in the sugar. Add the food coloring and be sure to mix after each drop. Next, stir in the peppermint essential oil. To finish, pour the mixture into a small mason jar.
To create the whipped body butter, you’ll need three ounces of cocoa butter, four ounces of coconut oil, four drops of peppermint essential oil, and two drops of red food coloring. On a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil together. For around five minutes, cool the mixture in the fridge. It should turn opaque when ready. Whip the cream until fluffy using a standing mixture. Mix in the food coloring and peppermint oil. Once again, spoon the body butter into a clean canning jar.
Spoil your friends with the peppermint foot soak. You’ll need one cup of Epsom salts, ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of sea salt, five drops of peppermint essential oil and two drops of red food coloring. Combine the first four ingredients. To mimic crushed peppermint candies, mix in the red food coloring. Use a fork to gently break apart the clumps until the scrub is evenly distributed. Pour into a jar.
Fasten a festive ribbon on each of the mason jars. Add a handwritten tag with the recipient’s name for a personal touch.
Recipe credit: PopSugar.
2. DIY Peppermint Spoons
If peppermint is your friend’s favorite Christmas flavor, then they’ll be dunking these adorable peppermint spoons into their hot cocoa all winter. To bake these treats, you’ll need a bag of peppermint candies and a silicon spoon mold. First, preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Next, put the peppermints in a Ziploc bag and use a kitchen mallet to crush the candies. Pour the crushed candies into the spoon mold. Place extra peppermint where the spoon meets the handle since this is the most fragile part. Slide the spoon mold into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is melted. Take out of the oven and let cool. Carefully remove the spoons from the mold. Add more peppermint and cook for a couple more minutes of one of the spoons breaks when you remove it. These spoons are delicious dipped in hot cocoa or in chocolate syrup.
Recipe credit: PrincessPinkyGirl
3. Homemade Soups
‘Tis the season for cooking warm, wholesome soups. Soups are healthy, hydrating, and can be enjoyed all winter long. Give friends and family a gift you know they’ll use: soup ingredients in a cute mason jar. For the Italian Barley Soup Mix, layer one cup of pearled barley, ½ cup sundried tomatoes, one tablespoon dried chopped onions, one tablespoon dried minced garlic, two tablespoons chopped basil, one tablespoon dried oregano, one tablespoon dried parsley flakes, and 1 veggie bouillon cube. Attach a tag with the soup’s name and recipe suggestion. We recommend bringing to a boil four cups of water, a can of diced tomatoes, and soup mix in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low and simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Top with grated parmesan.
Recipe credit: Wholefully
4. Christmas Tree Brownies
Give the gift of sugar, spice, and everything nice with these festive Christmas tree brownies. For this delicious Yuletide treat, you’ll need a boxed brownie mix, a tub of icing, and green food dye. After baking the brownies according to package directions, cut up into medium-size triangles. You’ll get about 12 trees per brownie mix. For one Christmas tree batch, mix green food dye in half a tub of icing. Use as much food coloring as you need to get the desired color. Spoon the icing into a Ziploc bag and use scissors to cut off a little piece at the bottom of the bag. Squeeze icing out of the bag onto the brownies in a curvy zigzag from top to bottom. Garnish with a candied star and sprinkles. For the stem of the trees, use chopped candy canes. Arrange brownies on a holiday tray, cover, and give to friends and family!
Recipe credit: One Little Project
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