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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Money is tight for a lot of people this year, so it makes sense to make homemade gifts. Homemade gifts often use up things you already have in your home and don't cost a lot of money. Nobody ever seems cheap however when they give homemade gifts because the receiver knows that the give took the time to craft something especially for them. Here are some wonderful and not so difficult to make.

Money is tight for a lot of people this year, so it makes sense to make homemade gifts.  Homemade gifts often use up things you already have in your home and don't cost a lot of money.  Nobody ever seems cheap however when they give homemade gifts because the receiver knows that the give took the time to craft something especially for them. Here are some wonderful and not so difficult to make. 

Potpourri

You can make potpurri really easily and then either sew up homemade sachets in circular shapes to put it in, or use dollar store candle holders, or dishes to place the potpurri in.  A wonderful potpourri for the holiday season is Pine Scented Potpourri.  Here is what you need to make it:

Pine Scented Potpourri

2 quarts ground pine needles

1 cup of orrisroot (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080S18A0/ref=asc_df_B0080S18A02234840?smid=A1DSB3297V6RZQ&tag=nextagusmp0425743-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B0080S18A0)

1 tblsp pine oill (http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/pine-essential-oil.html)

You can use your food processor or a blender to grind the pine needles.  Then all you have to do is add the orrisroot and the pine oil and mix it all together.  Then place in your gift packaging unless you are sewing in to a sack.  Let it set in the plate or holder in the open air, this will be a difficult gift to wrap.  It takes about 5 weeks for its full fragrance to come in so let your recieve know that and remind them to swish the potpourri around just a little bit every 3 days or so.

Pine oil has many different uses so your investment will pay off here is a web site that tells about the other uses of pine oil:  http://www.ehow.com/list_7302438_uses-pine-tree-oil.html

Foot Scrub

Who doesn't love a nice indulgent foot scrub?  Here is my recipe for a homemade foot scrub:  http://healthmad.com/beauty/almost-all-natural-foot-scrub/

Homemade CoCo

You can make CoCo yourself and then put it in pretty decorative jars to give as gifts.  Here is my recipe

5 Cups of non fat dried milk

1 Cup of regular sugar

3/4 cup of powdered baking coco

Mix all the ingredients together and put in to a pretty jar or can.  If you can afford it give it with a small bottle of vanilla extract and tell them to add a couple of small drops per cup.  They will need about 1 tablespoon of the mix per cup of water, they can of course add more depending on their own tastes, this will make about 10 cups of coco depending on how much they use for each cup.  You can include a bag of marshmallows too, to really complete the gift. 

Homemade Soaps

In the last week I have posted two different soap recipes on here. 

Lemon Bar Soap - http://skin.knoji.com/homemade-gifts-lemon-bar-soap/

Candy Mold Soaps - http://skin.knoji.com/how-to-make-gift-soaps-out-of-candy-molds/

For packaging hit your local thrift stores and see what you can find, the dollar store always has nice containers as well both seasonal and non seasonal, look in the candle aise. 

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Merry Christmas Rae.

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