DIY Holiday Gifts

Simmer Pots 

This gift is super easy and festive!! One of our most nostalgic senses is scent, and this way you can give the gift of a Christmas-filled home. 

Pick out some pretty, clear grab bags and fill them with orange wedges, a handful of fresh cranberries, a spoonful of whole cloves, a few cinnamon sticks, and a couple of bay leaves. Attach a sweet note, with instructions on the back! 

  1. Empty the package into a pot
  2. Fill the pot with water
  3. Let simmer on the stove on low heat for several hours

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Infused Salts

 Do you have some chefs in your life? Gifting homemade infused salts is a wonderful option! Below are recipes for 6 flavors that will add amazing flavors to any meal. 

The best ratio for all of the recipes is 1 teaspoon spice or dried herbs to 1/4 cup kosher salt. Let the salt and ingredients fuse for at least a week. 

Chipotle and lime zest: This works amazingly as a rub for pork, beef or chicken before grilling. Or on the rim of a Christmas morning bloody mary!

Cayenne: Love some spice? Use this salt to add a kick to dark chocolate recipes. Or, mix it with fresh lime juice and drizzle over your favorite fruits!

Lemon, lime and orange: This blend is perfect for margaritas! It’s also delicious sprinkled on fish & cooked veggies.

Rosemary and lemon: This is a fun one! Fabulous on lamb or fish, but also super delicious to add to shortbread or sugar cookies. 

Espresso: Is caffeine one of your main food groups? Add this on your favorite chocolate desserts. 

Fennel: Fennel is a highly nutritious herb! Add it on fish or shrimp to enjoy its anti-inflammatory and heart health benefits.

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

Cocoa powder, powdered milk, and a few fun toppings are all you need for this easy hot cocoa gift idea.

Ingredients:

1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c. powdered milk

1 c. milk chocolate chips

3/4 c. chopped hard peppermint candies

1 c. mini marshmallows

 

Directions:

TO ASSEMBLE THE JAR:

  • In a 1-quart jar, layer cocoa powder, powdered milk, chocolate chips, peppermint candies, and mini marshmallows.

TO MAKE THE HOT COCOA:

  • Prep time: 5 minutes. Total time: 10 minutes. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
  • Whisk the Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix with 4 cups cold water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking, until warm and smooth and the candies and marshmallows are melted, 6 to 8 minutes (do not let the mixture boil). Ladle into mugs. 

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DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe 

Make a glittery snowscape with these easy-to-follow DIY steps. It’s the perfect gift for your little nieces and nephews.

Materials:

  • Bernarding 500 ml jar
  • Glue gun and hot glue stick
  • Small ornament with flat base
  • Clear glue
  • Warm water
  • White and/or silver glitter 
  • Spoon
  • Optional: ribbon to wrap around the lid  

Instructions:

  • Gather all your supplies and heat up the glue gun.
  • With the hot glue gun, glue your ornament to the mason jar lid. I used a miniature tree.
  • Mix 2 oz clear glue and 2 cups of warm water inside the mason jar.
  • Stir in 2 teaspoons of silver and/or white glitter. I used 1 teaspoon of each.
  • Please the lid on the mason jar with the ornament face down and seal tightly.
  • Optionally, you can add a ribbon bow around the lid.
  • Shake twice to see the shimmering snow swirl around! 

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DIY Snowman Bath Bombs

These super cute bath bombs are a wonderful gift for the spa-junkies in your life! 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp. Coconut Oil, melted
  • 10-20 drops Fragrance or Essential Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Water or Witch Hazel, in spray bottle
  • 1/2 tsp. Activated Charcoal Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Orange Mica Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Rubbing Alcohol (per powder colorant)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch and stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Melt the coconut oil if necessary and stir in the fragrance or essential oils of your choice.
  3. Slowly and carefully combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Be careful not to add too much liquid at once or the citric acid reaction will start to bubble and fizz! Squeeze the bath bomb mixture in your hand to test if it will stick together. If not, spray the mixture with 1-2 spritzes of water or witch hazel, mix well, and test again. Repeat until you reach the desired consistency. You want the mixture to hold together when compressed and compacted, but DO NOT GET THE MIXTURE TOO WET!
  4. Fill half of the mold with the bath bomb mixture, pressing down to ensure that it is completely filled. Fill the other half of the mold, and press both filled halves tightly together.
  5. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before unmolding. I recommend drying for an additional 24 hours after unmolding before handling, decorating, and gift packaging (if time allows).
  6. To make the snowman faces, mix a small amount of charcoal powder with rubbing alcohol at a 2:1 ratio. Use a paintbrush to carefully add black “coal” dots to the face. Repeat the process with the orange mica to create the snowman’s carrot nose.

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