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5 Easy DIY Holiday Gifts

If you want to avoid the long lines at the shopping malls this season, we’ve got some simple DIY gift ideas that’ll wow everyone on your holiday list. Taking the time to make gifts shows them how much you care. Plus, it’ll save you a little money, which is a great way to start the New Year!

1. Bath Scrub
Give the gift of soft skin this holiday season! Making a yummy scented body scrub is simple and inexpensive, but it makes a luxurious gift that people actually use! For an easy peppermint scented sugar scrub, mix together ½ cup coconut oil, 2 cups sugar and 1 tablespoon peppermint extract. Add a drop of green food coloring if desired. Mix thoroughly until it combines and scoop into cute jars. For an extra special touch, add a handwritten label and a ribbon. Practical, yet extravagant!

2. Infused Liquor
We can’t think of many gifts they’ll love more than a bottle of infused liquor that they can use to make their very own signature handcrafted cocktail. First, choose the type of liquor you’d like to use (vodka and rum work well). Next, choose the flavor you’d like to infuse. A great holiday combination is orange peel and cinnamon stick infused with rum. Put the ingredients you’d like to infuse in a mason jar and cover with the alcohol of your choice, shake and wait. The flavor intensifies over time, so be sure to label the jar with the date you made it. Lastly, pour a little in a glass over ice to try for yourself (being sure to strain the alcohol when you pour it). Cheers!

3. Personalized Mug
Mugs make a great gift for everyone on your list. This DIY gift is simple and really only takes two steps. Buy a cheap white mug and a porcelain permanent marker.
  • Step 1: Pick a design or quote that you’d like to put on the mug, and use the marker to make your work of art.
  • Step 2: Let your artwork dry for a couple hours before placing the mug in the oven and baking it at 350°F for 30 minutes. Carefully take it out of the oven, and viola – you have a beautiful gift you made with your very own hands!

4. Cookie Jar
Who doesn’t love homemade cookies?! Everyone on your list will be thrilled to receive your pre-made cookie mix they can whip up into a delicious batch of bite-size morsels. Choose your favorite cookie recipe and layer the ingredients into a mason jar. The finished product almost looks like a work of art with its different colored layers, but with the addition of a couple wet ingredients, it’s a gift that’s ready to eat!

5. Teacup Succulent
Help them bring a little green into their homes this winter with a DIY teacup succulent. That’s right – with this simple gift, they’ll be able to have a little green inside even when it’s snowing! And best of all, succulents are simple to take care of. Find a cute teacup and saucer at a thrift shop, or repurpose an old set you already have. Fill it with soil and arrange a couple different varieties of succulents inside.


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Happy holidays, everyone!

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