I’ve been making handmade gifts for Christmas for many years now. In general, I like to gift consumables like soap and edible goodies + things I’ve crafted. This year (like last year), I’ll be mailing gifts to my family instead of putting together baskets to give in person.
This year I’m gifting:
◦ Cold Process Soap. Nervous about using lye? Just use a melt-and-pour soap base!
◦ Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookies. Recipe here: (https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/gluten-free-shortbread-cookies-low-carb-sugar-free/)
◦ Dipped Pretzels = pretzel rods dipped in melted chocolate & vanilla candy wafers, sprinkles optional.
◦ Healthy-ish Chocolate Bark = 4 bars of 85% cocoa melted and spread in a lined 9×13 dish, sprinkled with a fruit & nut trail mix. Harden in the fridge before breaking into pieces.
◦ A Knitting Project Bag (for my mom). Pattern here: (https://www.etsy.com/listing/705313498/drawstring-bag-pdf-sewing-pattern-kiko)
◦ Stuffed Chicken Decor (for my chicken-owning sis). Free pattern here:
◦ Bowl Cozies (specifically requested by other sis). Free pattern here: (http://gingercake.org/gingercake/2018/02/cheery-fabric-chicken-tutorial.html)(https://craftwarehouse.com/sew-this-soup-bowl-cozy-free-pattern/)
In the past, I’ve gifted items such as:
– Freshly baked bread
– Compound butters. Things like Cinnamon Honey Butter, Garlic & Herb Butter, etc.
– Home-canned goods like tomato sauce or jams.
– Knitted or crocheted items like hats, mittens, & slippers.
– Handwoven scarves (so much more fun to make than the knitted versions).
– Watercolor paintings
– Bath & body things I’ve made like lip scrub, exfoliating face masks, body lotion, lip balm or gloss, & body balm.
◆ SOAP ◆
– 10″ silicone mold & a silicone spatula from (https://www.brambleberry.com/)
– Assorted measuring glasses & cups. The thrift shop is a great place to find these.
– Safety equipment: dishwashing gloves & safety goggles.
– Immersion blender. This can never be used with food after being used for soap. Look for one at a thrift shop/garage sale.
– Digital scale. Any kitchen scale will work.
– Ingredients: Fats, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), Water, Coffee Grounds, Fragrance Oil, & Sodium Lactate. The fragrance oil used was “Espresso” from Brambleberry.
– I use SoapCalc (http://soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp) to figure out my soaping recipes based on the fats I have on hand.
◆ EDIBLE GOODIES ◆
– Almond flour, monkfruit sweetener, butter, vanilla, sugar-free chocolate chips, & coconut oil.
– Pretzel rods, vanilla candy wafers, chocolate candy wafers, & sprinkles.
– 85% cocoa bars & a fruit and nut trail mix
◆ SEWN GIFTS ◆
– Various fabrics from stash
– Scrim-free cotton batting
– Poly stuffing
– Ribbon from stash
– Buttons from stash
– Felt from stash
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– Tall Tripod (a hand-me-down)
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