Sure, sure. You keep seeing commercials for new phones, tablets, and other gizmos out there, but there’s nothing quite like making handmade gifts for the holidays. Your friends, family, and colleagues will surely treasure the amount of time and thought you put into making their presents. Read on to learn how to make some DIY presents that are sure to wow!
For the Foodie
Any food lovers in your life would love to receive this rosemary garlic olive oil recipe from The Clean Dish. Whether it’s used for dipping bread or adding some oomph to your roasted vegetables, this olive oil can add pizzazz to any plate. Plus, making it is as simple as could be! Here’s how it’s done:
- First, wash a food-safe bottle or jar in hot, soapy water. Dry.
- Wash 2-3 twigs fresh rosemary. Let dry.
- Place 2-3 garlic cloves (this stuff goes a long way) and the rosemary twigs into the bottle and fill with olive oil.
- Enjoy within 4-6 weeks.
For the One Who Loves to Pamper
Winter is a good time to indulge yourself in a little at-home relaxation. And if last winter is any indication, we’ll likely spend a lot of time bundled up indoors again this year. Give the gift of comfort this holiday season with a rejuvenating gingerbread body scrub from Wallflower Girl.
- Find a jar or container. Either glass or plastic will work.
- In a bowl, mix 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup of oil (olive oil, coconut, or sweet almond oil work well), 2 tablespoons ground ginger, and 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice. You may also add a tablespoon of vitamin E oil or a tablespoon of honey, if you like.
- Transfer to your jar, cap it, and decorate it as you wish.
For the Kids
It’s safe to assume that most kids will be staying indoors this frigid holiday season. Since they’ll likely glue themselves to the TV, why not encourage them to be creative? Using this recipe from How Does She, give the kids in your family some homemade play dough.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 Tbls. vegetable oil
- food coloring (I used 4 drops)
- Plastic container
- Stir all ingredients together in a large pot.
- Over medium heat, continue to stir your ingredients until it forms into a ball.
- After forming into a ball, dump onto your counter or on wax paper. Wait to cool.
- Once cooled, knead until the dough is soft.
- Pack into plastic containers and enjoy!
For the Pups
Show Fido a little love with the following treat recipe from The Adorned Life. The pups get a crispy treat full of peanut butter, rolled oat, and whole-wheat flour.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of whole-wheat flour and 1 cup of rolled oats.
- Add 1 ¼ cups hot water and a 1/3 cup of peanut butter. Gently combine.
- Knead dough with your hands until you achieve a smooth consistency.
- Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out treats (bonus points if you have a cutter in the shape of a bone!).
- Place treats on a non-stick baking sheet or spray a sheet with cooking spray.
- Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
For the Photo-Lover
Yes. You could submit your Instagram photos to a printing service to have them turned into magnets or canvas prints, but that usually costs a pretty penny. Try this less expensive DIY from PopSugar and give this cute canvas to someone with an eye for art.
- 6-by-6-inch square canvas
- Mod Podge
- foam brush
- black acrylic paint
- square picture
- paper cutter or scissors
- scrap paper
- Select your photo. It can be anything, but choose something that has meaning for you and the person you’re giving it to. Resize the image using your computer until it is 6 by 6 inches and then print, using the best printer settings. Gather the other materials for creating the canvas print before getting started.
- Use a paper cutter to trim the image, creating a perfect square. You can position the print over the canvas to double-check its size, trimming as needed.
- Give the front of the canvas a quick sanding with fine sandpaper. This will really help the Mod Podge adhere to the print and canvas.
- With a foam brush, coat the front of the canvas with a layer of Mod Podge and then position the print, smoothing gently. Don’t worry if there are any bumps or puckers, they will smooth out once the glue is dry. Let rest for an hour before the next step.
- Now coat the print with a layer of Mod Podge, working first horizontally with the foam brush and then vertically. Once again, don’t worry about any bumps as they’ll disappear as the canvas dries.
- Place a piece of scrap paper under the canvas, and coat the sides with black acrylic paint. This will really make this DIY gift look professional. Touch up the black paint, if needed.
- Once dry, wrap it up!
We hope these presents will make the holidays fun for you as well as your friends and family. From all of us at Protect Your Home, have a happy holiday season!