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Handmade Holidays December 31, 2011

Well, now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is complete, we can sit back and just relax while we enjoy the remainder of the Christmas season! I am so glad that this season does not just end at 11:59 pm on December 25th.

So while I’m relaxing I thought I’d share some of the handmade gifts my children and I made for our recipients. I joined pinterest earlier this year and began saving ideas of gifts to make and recipes to try for Christmas. Feel free to check out my boards.

The first project Diva and I made included a few varieties of Sugar Scrubs. These are really expensive in the stores, but are oh so easy (and much less expensive) to make at home. Here’s the links to what we tried: Sugar Scrubs, Coffee Scrub, and Foot Soak.

And here’s what we made…

The kitchen smelled so wonderfully when we were done, even though we used a variety of scents. I won’t go into details on the recipes for each of these as you can go directly to each tutorial from its link on pinterest. But I will tell you how we personalized them. After mixing each batch, we put each scrub or soak into a clean canning jar and tied a pretty ribbon around the lid. I cut tags using Papertrey Ink’s Tag Sale #1 Die and wrote some basic instructions on each one. For the labels, I used Papertrey Ink’s Limitless Layers 1 3/4″ Circle Collection (Letter E), wrote the scent on it and ran it through the Xyron Sticker Maker and attached it to the lid. We then added the completed jars to a basket for an at-home spa gift.

We gave this to my cousin who is pregnant with her second child. Her daughter, who was about to turn two a couple of days later, absolutely loved the coffee scrub! She loved its aroma so much that she refused to put it down and open any other presents!

Next Diva wanted to make some gifts of her own for her Godparents. She collaborated with LegoFan to make a set for their Grandmother as well. What did they make? Well, they made their own versions of these Post-it Note Holders and Decorated Clipboards. We forgot to take pictures of the ones for Diva’s Godmother, but here are the ones for her Godfather and their Grandmother…

I think it’s obvious which set is for the Grandmother and which is for the Godmother! It doesn’t show up really well, but we used glitter mod podge on the blue clipboard. On each piece we die cut a label using Papertrey Ink’s Angled Labels Die Collection (scroll about half-way down the page) and attached it with more mod podge.

This last gift I’m going to mention here is my absolute favorite. I made this for my brother and my sister-in-love who have been married for a little over a year. Anyone who has been reading my blog for the past year knows that my marriage has been a rocky one at best. We have had some major issues over the last 11 years because we didn’t make our marriage a priority. We are actively working on changing that – a New Year’s Resolution of sorts.

I recently came across a blog called Dating Divas, which has a wealth of ideas on how to keep the romance alive in your marriage. One post was how one of their readers took their date ideas and turned them into a gift. They provided some printables that made putting this together really easy. The only real work I had to do was decide on the dates and format the instructions. Once that was done, I printed them out and placed everything into a couple of pocket folders. The idea is that each spouse plans a date on the alternating months, so that they get 12 dates during the year. They are not supposed to share the date ideas with each other so that each month is a surprise. They are also not designed to break the bank. They are simple, fun, creative ways to continue to grow in love as a couple. I really hope that they have fun with this gift – it was my favorite gift to make! There are a few other couples in my circle that may see one of these gifts in the future – it’s a simple, homemade gift that has the capacity to last a lifetime!

Well, that covers most of our handmade gifts this year. If you give any of them a try, please let me know how they turn out.

On this New Year’s Eve 2011, I pray that you and your family will celebrate safely and that we will all welcome in a wonderful New Year. May God continue to Bless you all this coming year.

This post is linked up to Pinning it Down at Amongst Lovely Things.

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12 Responses to “Handmade Holidays”

  1. These are some really cute ideas. I LOVE DIY beauty products. They cost less money and they are also much healthier for the skin…less toxic :) :) Happy New Year to you and your family. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  2. wendy Says:

    Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing! I cant wait to put this together myself! I hope your holidays were great!!

    Wendy, The Dating Divas

  3. cute gifts. Love the date night folder…how fun.

  4. Catalina Says:

    Oh how fun! I love handmade gifts.I especially like the one for married couple. I might have to look into that idea a little bit more. My brother-in-law is getting married this year and this could be a really cute idea for he and my sister-in-law (to be). Thanks so much! By the way, I added your blog to a blog list on my blog. (That was a lot of the word “blog” in one sentence.) Hope you’ll stop by and visit me! I plan to go through and read some more of your posts. Have a great week!

  5. GREAT gift ideas! I received some handmade soaps, scrubs and bath products for Christmas and absolutely love them. Thank you for sharing where you got the tags and stickers….that really makes the gifts cute.

  6. […] made many of our gifts, removing ourselves from the malls (we did go to a couple of stores, but were determined not to […]

  7. Star Says:

    Great ideas! I had tons of handmade gifts pinned too, the difference is…you actually made them. Oh well, I guess I am ahead of the game for next year!

  8. Jaclyn Says:

    Great job!! I made some scrub this year too, was fun, easy and cheap!

  9. I love those scrubs- the jars came out so pretty. I’m impressed with how many pins you’ve done. :)

  10. Pam Says:

    You have been busy. I love the scrub idea. May have to make those.

  11. Jeannine Says:

    Color me impressed! I am not good at making my own beauty products. Also, not very good at papercrafting. So I am very impressed with these.

  12. Laurie Says:

    I love all the gifts! You practically had your own Santa’s workshop. The scrubs would make great “girlfriend Christmas gifts”. Thoughtful yet not too expensive.


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