Every holiday season, I get together with a dear friend, and we spend an entire day (or more) making homemade gifts together, usually while chatting and sipping something festive. We have a pretty good collection of favorite recipes, and it has quickly become an event that I look forward to every year. Here are a few of our favorite recipes, mainly using supplies you already have or can easily find, and some of my images so you can see that beautifully homemade gifts aren’t just something you find on Pinterest. Even a regular mom like me can make them.
Simple Homemade Holiday Gifts for Grown-Ups
Do you have a family member who is a foodie? Make some of this simple and delicious Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil from MJ’s Kitchen. Aside from the time spent peeling the garlic, again, a good friend and a glass of wine make it fly by. Infused olive oil is a ridiculously simple project using supplies most of us have on hand and yields an impressive result. I made several bottles of this garlic oil and then kept a good amount of the leftover roasted garlic in my fridge for recipes.
Looking for another foodie gift to go with that delicious oil? Make a Homemade Seasoning Mix.
What about that woman who needs a little pampering? One of our most requested gifts is a body scrub. I have heard countless compliments on this gift, and it’s so adaptable to just about any combination of ingredients. Last year, we made a wonderful Citrus Salt Scrub, and this year we made a Candy Cane Sugar Scrub. As a bonus, you will give yourself a mini spa treatment while mixing all of the ingredients, so don’t be afraid to get your hands messy with this project.
Need another fun yet simple gift to pamper someone? A Homemade Salt Scrub is simple to make and such an indulgence.
We have found the biggest challenge in making homemade gifts is finding all the proper packaging but a quick visit to Hobby Lobby gives me just about everything I need to package all of our homemade goodies perfectly.
What are your favorite simple homemade gifts?
By Kristy K.
Kristy is the mother of two young children, who join in her quest for unique restaurants, fun places to play and a little personal sanity in the process. She does her best to teach her children healthy habits, kindness, compassion and a love of nature while also learning that sometimes we need to let go of our ideals in the name of fun.
These are some great ideas for homemade gifts Kristy!! Thanks so much for including my infused olive oil and thrilled that you like it! It’s a staple in this house. 🙂 Happy Holidays!