CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

I’ve had sooo much fun creating these Christmas gift ideas for you guys!! I whipped myself into a creative frenzy one afternoon and made some homemade sugar scrubs, embellished a few votive candles and then I wrapped some gifts which I plan to give away. I actually love giving gifts to people more than I enjoy receiving them; I get so much pleasure from watching my family and friends open the gifts I’ve bought or made for them – their delight makes it worth all the effort. For me, giving a homemade gift is an expression of my love for that person. So if you ever get a homemade gift from me then you’ll know that I really like you¬†ūüėČ .

Check out the rest of the post below and I hope it inspires you to get creative with your Christmas gifts.

 

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HOMEMADE SUGAR SCRUBS


Sugar scrubs are ridiculously easy to make and also quite cost effective if you are on a budget. They smell wonderful, and once you rinse off the scrub your skin or lips are left feeling as smooth as silk! I made my scrubs in lavender, rose and vanilla scents but you can use any essential oil that you like or none at all.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Mixing bowls and spoons
  • Essential oils
  • Food colouring
  • Air tight containers
  • Labels

Instructions:

  1. First make your base mixture by mixing the sugar with the oil in a bowl. You can adjust the amount of sugar to get a drier or wetter mixture.
  2. Then add a few drops of your essential oil or extract of choice, and food colouring. I made three variations as follows (feel free to adjust the quantities to get the smell and colour that you like):
    • Vanilla sugar scrub – 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and¬†2 drops of Yellow food colouring
    • Rose sugar scrub – 5 -10 drops of Rose Geranium Pure essential oil and 1 drop of Red food colouring
    • Lavender sugar scrub – 5-10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 1 drop of Red food colouring and 3 drops of Blue food colouring.
  3. Mix well and then place scrub in an airtight container. (1 cup of sugar will give you about 250mls of a scrub)
  4. I ¬†created my labels using a free online editing software called PicMonkey¬†(select ‘Design’ from the main menu, then ‘Overlays’ from the left hand menu. Scroll through the Overlays until you find ‘Labels’. After selecting a label add some text to it. Save your picture onto your computer and then print it to the size you want – this might take a bit of fiddling). ¬†After I printed¬†my labels¬†I stuck them onto some pink card before cutting them out and punching a hole to thread my ribbon through.

And that’s it. I can’t wait to give these scrubs away!

 

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EMBELLISHED VOTIVE CANDLES


During the Christmas season it’s really nice to have some scented candles burning in the background; they provide some ambience and make a boring space look instantly festive.¬†They also make a¬†great gift¬†for someone who really loves candles. To add some personality to plain votive candles I decided to wrap some fabric and raffia around them.

You will need:

  • Votive candles in glass containers
  • A glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (I decided to use some old damask fabric that I hadn’t used in years)
  • Ribbons
  • Raffia

Instructions:

  1. Measure the circumference of the votive candle and add an extra 2cm to this. Use this measurement as a guide and cut out strips of fabric, ribbon and raffia (N.B. make the raffia longer so that you can tie a bow at the end)
  2. Use a glue gun to stick the fabric around the candle. Then repeat this process with the ribbon and the raffia.

Consider sticking beads, diamanté, or baubles onto the candles Рanything goes really.

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GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS


A gift always seems more special when it’s wrapped up nicely, so I¬†always try to present my gifts as best as I can. I chose¬†to use plain¬†brown paper to wrap my gifts because it doesn’t clash with other embellishments and gives a uniform look when you have lots of gifts to display. This year I decided to experiment with buttons after buying a jar of them from a craft shop and I like how it turned out. You can use just about anything around¬†your house to wrap a gift –¬†I’ve¬†even used aluminium foil in the past, LOL!¬†The truth is that you are only limited by your imagination.

You will need:

  • Brown wrapping paper
  • Sellotape – clear and patterned
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • False leaves
  • Stiff paper card

I haven’t¬†include specific instructions on how to wrap each gift because by looking at them you can easily figure out how I did it. Using a glue gun I layered strips of fabric with ribbons, buttons, beads, patterned sellotape¬†and false leaves. I also cut out lots of little hearts from stiff paper card and punched a hole through the centre of them;¬†I then threaded the holes with twine in order to join the hearts together. So get creative with what you have and make your gifts look special.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Stacy Irish
    8th December 2016 / 11:14 am

    Great post!!! I love your creativity. Its inspired me.

    • MSA
      Author
      8th December 2016 / 11:19 am

      Thanks so much Stacy! Glad that you were inspired.

  2. 8th December 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Will I ever be the sort of woman who makes her own wrapping paper? Unlikely. But your blog makes me (a) want to be, desperately and (b) feel like I could! Excellent post, excellent gift ideas, huge fan! xx

    • MSA
      Author
      9th December 2016 / 12:32 am

      Thanks Mia!! Well, never say never…. xx

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