Monday 17 November 2014

6 DIY gifts for Christmas

With Christmas right around the corner, you may be struggling with the perfect gift ideas for family and friends. This year, put a little extra effort into your presents with these six DIY homemade gifts, all made from jars and bottles. There is little effort to put into them, yet they make a major impact once you present them.

Coca-Cola Gift Basket
Teens are sometimes the hardest to select gifts for. Fortunately, they always have a sweet tooth. You can always purchase a gift basket, but it's more simplistic to make one at home, using their favorite snacks.
Purchase a six-pack of bottled Coca-Cola, Pepsi, or any type of bottled beverage that comes in a carrying case. Leave 2 bottles in the middle pockets. Fill the rest with their favorite chocolates, gum, popcorn, nuts, and cookies. Wrap the entire package with cellophane wrap and secure it with a bow.

Recipes in a Bottle
As the holidays roll through, so does the cooler weather. Many try to avoid going outdoors at all costs, which also means fewer trips to their favorite bakeries or restaurants. Good Housekeeping featured this Curried Lentil Soup in a jar. However, there are many comforting foods that you can adapt and create lovely DIY jars such as breads, cookies, hot cocoa, and muffins. Your family and friends are more inclined to bake more often, and sweets are usually at the top of the list.
Simply layer all of the dry ingredients in a mason jar or even a large wine bottle. Decorate the outside of the bottle with craft paper and attach a label with the recipe instructions to the back of the bottle. These should store nicely for two to three months.

Lighted Wine Bottle
If you have a wine connoisseur, a normal gift basket simply won't do. Some of the bottles are so beautiful, it's a shame to throw them away. The next time you're at their home, ask to take the expensive bottle and create this Christmas lights Wine Bottle Lamp. They'll be able to cherish the memories for years to come of that special day they brought out the bottle in the first place.

Hand Sugar Scrub
If you're looking to pamper someone, skip the manicure gift certificate. Instead, make them a lasting jar of hand sugar scrub. This is perfect for someone who is an avid gardener. The sugar helps cleanse the grime from their hands and helps remove dead skin cells. This three-ingredient sugar scrub also works excellent to smooth out rough hands.
You simply need a Ball jar of any size, the wider the opening, the better. Fill the jar about 2/3 full of sugar. Then, add an excellent soap, such as Dawn Olay Beauty Hand Renewal or Palmolive Soft Touch Classic. You'll want to pour it over the sugar until it reaches the bottom of the mouth of the jar. Add a few drops of Lemon Essential oil for additional fragrance and antibacterial properties. Finally, mix it well with a spoon. Add a bit of sugar as you stir, so it creates a paste-like consistency. Top the jar off and tie a ribbon around the top.

Manicure in a Jar
For those relatives and friends that adore getting manicures, give them a gift to use in-between those spa sessions. Take a large jar and place a few cotton balls in the bottom. Next, stuff inside the jar a travel size bottle of acetone, nail file, buffer, clippers, cuticle oil, and two or three bottles of nail polish.

No-Bake Cheesecake
Who can resist cheesecake? Rather than trying to make a large cheesecake and divvy it up, opt to make these cute and irresistible no-bake cheesecake pots. This recipe found on Woman's Day calls for eight, 8-oz jars, but you can adjust the recipe for your needs. If raspberries does not suit your tastes, substitute with jellied strawberries, peaches, blueberries, or pineapples and fresh toppings.
The above six ideas are simple and affordable DIY gift ideas. Hopefully, they can spark interest in other creative gift ideas where you can reuse jars you already have at home. For more unique DIY Christmas ideas, visit
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