All the gift buying really upsets me around this time. Not because we’re giving, but because people expect us to buy
One of the things I have been making is bath salts. They are really quite easy. You mix up some epsom salts with an essential oil (available in craft stores in the soap making section – use about 4 or 5 drops per cup of salts), and some food coloring. You can also use some Kosher salt with the epsom salts. Then you just put in a jar, and add a little label and decoration, like some ribbon and a small ornament.
Another gift for this year is pretty soap dispensers. Get a clear plastic soap dispenser (I got mine in the pharmacy at Target, in the travel-sized stuff). Put some silk flowers inside, and pour in some liquid soap. They will easily spiff up a bathroom or kitchen sink.
Do you make up mixes to keep on hand? Try putting a mix in a mason jar. You can make something like Instant Potato Soup or Flour Tortillas, where all the ingredients are stirred up. Or you can layer ingredients for a pretty effect with a cornbread mix (I like one from The Gluten-Free Kitchen), or the Orange Dreamsicle Cookies (these will be very pretty, with the Tang layer – or two). Put a label on the back with the directions, or for a craftier (and prettier) approach, write it on a homemade gift tag. Get some mason jars and get creative! Dry ingredients for many of your baked goods can be mixed or layered in a glass jar.
Another good glass jar gift is some nuts (like pecans) in honey (especially local, if you can get it for a good price). My brother recently bought some honey from a farm in his town, and the taste is so amazing! My mom’s not going to have many pecans left in her jar if I don’t get my own jar soon. 🙂
Please leave a comment and share with me some of your ideas for a Homemade Christmas.
Ginger’s Making Christmas, too, over at Gluten Free in Georgia (and Florida).