7 Homemade Gift Ideas

’Tis the season of giving and some of the best gifts come straight from the heart and made with your own two hands. Browse through this list of homemade gift ideas to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. The best part about this list is there are ideas for every skill set, time limit, and budget.

Salt Dough Ornaments
1. Combine 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 1/2 cups warm water in a mixing bowl.
2. Knead until dough is firm and smooth.
3. Roll out dough and cut desired shapes (use a straw to poke a hole for hanging).
4. Bake at 300 until dry, approximately 1 hour.
5. Paint or decorate to your liking.

Filled Glass Ornament
Fill an empty glass ornament with colorful feathers, sprigs of pine branches, glitter, or any pretty fillers you have on hand.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub
1. Mix 2 cups brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar in a bowl.
2. Stir in 1 cup of sunflower oil (or a subtle oil) mixed with 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
3. Package into glass jars and wrap a ribbon around the gift jar.

Tea Tree
1. Use a hot glue gun to attach individually wrapped tea bags to a Styrofoam cone.
2. Glue the next tea bag by slightly overlapping the one you glued before.
3. Cut a cardboard cylinder down to size and glue a piece of paper to the bottom. You can use the cardboard from a paper towel or toilet paper roll. If available, use a small, round box.
4. Fill the bottom with rice to stabilize the tree and attach it to the cone for a tree stump.
5. Attach a wooden star or cardboard cut-out star to the top of the tree.

Lego Pen Holder
Include your youngest children in this easy to make pen holder. The best part is they can design it however they like.

Reindeer Frame
1. Paint an old picture frame brown.
2. Glue googly eyes on the frame.
3. Paint your child’s hands brown and push them down on a piece of white paper.
4. Cut out the handprints and attach them to the picture frame for antlers.

Bath Bombs
1. Mix 8 ounces of baking soda, 4 ounces of Epsom salt, 4 ounces of corn starch, and 4 ounces of citric acid.
2. Mix tablespoon of water, 2 teaspoons essential oil, 2 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, and 4-6 drops of food coloring in a separate bowl.
3. Slowly incorporate the liquid into the dry mixture and whisk as you go.
4. Stuff the mixture into molds to dry. You can use cookie cutters, ice trays, or any silicon mold.
5. Let the bath bombs dry and pop them out.

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