There’s a million and one gift guides on the internet right now but if you’re a bit strapped for cash and ideas (and who isn’t at this time of year?), why not try making your own. I’ve got three ideas for you that are SO simple and I really think presents mean more when you’ve made them yourself. Let me know if you give any a go!
I had no idea how easy it was to make lip balm until a friend filled me in the other day. I immediately went home and ordered the ingredients on Amazon which came to £7.69, apparently it will make at least ten pots so that’s 77p per pot. You can add in any essential oil to make it smell gorgeous, I’m sticking with tea tree oil because I’ve already got it at home and it will keep the balm unisex. I can’t wait to make this once everything arrives, and I’ve already decided I’m going to put glitter initials on the front of everyone’s pots so they know who’s who.
All you need is:
2 tablespoons beeswax
2 tablespoons shea butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Teaspoon of tea tree oil
Little metal tins
Then you melt them all in a pan (just as you would chocolate) and pour them into the tins.
I’ll let you know how I get on when I make them.
I’ve done this loads of times before and everyone always loves it. All you need to do is take a cardboard box which you can wrap in brown paper or wrapping paper and fill it with themed gifts of your choice. This year I’m making my sister a Girls’ Night In box. It’s being filled with hot chocolate, a Lush bath bomb, nail varnish and books. In the past I’ve also made my boyfriend a survival box – it had Lush bath oil, tea, chocolate and a candle in it.
Cupcakes in a Jar:
I saw this exact gift in the New Look gift section and decided I’d make it myself instead, if someone you know likes baking or even just eating cakes (and who doesn’t?), why not give it a go? It can be any cake or biscuit you like, just pick the one you know they’ll enjoy the most.
All you need is:
A mason jar – can be picked up from Amazon for a couple of pounds or you can just wash out a jam jar…
All the dry cake ingredients for your recipe
A little note with the handwritten (or typed if you prefer) recipe on
A label asking them to add eggs and butter (or whatever wet ingredients your cake needs)
You simply layer the dry ingredients in correct weights into your cake jar – red velvet cake works well because there’s a lovely line of red. Press each layer down as you go. Put the recipe folded on top, put the lid on and tie the ribbon and label round the lid. Perfect!