When you make and give homemade gifts to others, you’re making a lasting impression that physically demonstrates your love. (Like the thoughtful gift from my girlfriend Tina – a Girlfriendology Friendship Flower-inspired Pillow. It’s it beautiful?!)
In my personal opinion, a gift that comes from your hands and heart, is a wonderful symbol of your friends and is better than anything store-bought. Keep this in mind when planning the gifts you will give this year.
Choose a gift that suits each recipient, because that level of customization and creative thought will shine through. Each loved one will know that your gift came from the heart and will cherish and appreciate it accordingly!
Try these ideas for homemade girlfriend gifts:
1. Candles and Reed Diffusers – The materials for a homemade reed diffuser are purchasable in large quantities, allowing you to make several at once on the cheap. Purchase glass bottles or containers, wooden reeds and a favorite potpourri scent. Decorate the bottles and containers as desired and package with reeds and liquid scent.
• Decorate each candle/diffuser bottle to suit the gift recipient for a completely customized gift from the heart. Use paint, stickers, scrapbooking elements, or other decorations as your heart desires.
2. Bath Salts – Purchase decorative bottles or jars, food coloring, essential oils and Epsom salts. Combine the Epsom salts and food coloring and mix well. Add the desired scent and mix again. Spread your completed mixture over wax paper and allow it to dry completely before placing in the jar.
- – Try creating corresponding scents in different colors and layering them in the same jar. Experiment with different essential oils, perfumes, and different colors to create relaxing bath salt recipes.
- – Start this project early, as the scents turn out better when they are allowed to “cure” for a week or two before use.
3. Jar Cookies. Create decorative cookie recipe packages by combining the ingredients for cookies or other baked goods in canning jars. Use ribbon and fabric to decorate the lids and write the recipes out neatly on cardstock. Experiment with different recipes depending on the intended recipient.
- – For example, a recipe for chocolate chip cookies calls for 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 cup of brown sugar, 3/4 cup of white sugar and chocolate chips. Layer these ingredients in the jar and include the baking instructions with the gift.
- – Another good recipe is mocha coffee mix. Combine 1 cup of dry milk powder, 3/4 cup of sugar, 2/3 cup powdered creamer, 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/3 cup of instant coffee, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg. Recipient should mix 1/4 cup mixture with 3/4 cup boiling water.
4. Homemade Liqueurs – My girlfriend and I just made a huge batch of homemade Kahlua for our friends. (We found decorative bottles at Homegoods, TJ Maxx and some small Mason jars from Wal-mart.) There’s lots of recipes and examples on Pinterest! (And follow us on Pinterest as we share the gifts we’re making.)
- – 12 Cups of Strong Chocolate Coffee (Millstone Chocolate Velvet coffee was great!)
- – 2 Cups of Light Brown Sugar (I’m going to try it with Splenda or Stevia soon!)
- – 5 Tablespoons of good Vanilla (We got really good Mexican Vanilla Extract from Penzey’s. They also have vanilla beans if you want to add some of these.)
- – 750ml of Everclear (190 proof alcohol – dang! This is strong – you can decrease if you prefer.)
Bring the coffee and sugar to a boil. Then let it cool completely! (We actually put the pan out in the snow to cool down fast!) Add in the Vanilla and Everclear. Mix it all together then we filled 6-10 oz containers (mason jars, decorative bottles with clasp closures or tight corks – that we’d cleaned in boiling water). We can wait to add decorative labels and attach some recipes. (We actually served some for friends this weekend over mocha brownies and ice cream – YUM!) DO IT NOW! It is best when it ages a little (at least two weeks).
Homemade gifts don’t have to appear pricey or professional to tug on the heartstrings of the recipient. The gift recipient will know that you put thought and love into the gift that you created. Handmade gifts can be significantly more meaningful than store-bought gifts. It’s a good idea to make your own gifts even when you can afford something commercial.
What’s your favorite girlfriend gift to make? Are you making Christmas gifts for your friends? Share below!
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