Friday 23 August, 2019

5 fun DIY Christmas gift ideas

The Christmas countdown is on!

Giving a gift doesn't always have to cost an arm and a leg - here are five gifts you can do yourself: 


1. Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub

This is a great inexpensive gift option made with olive oil and lemon which removes onion and garlic odors. It also contains a sugar/salt combo which exfoliates dry skin and aids in improving the appearance of your hands.


  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup of kosher salt
  • Zest of one XL Lemon
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Lemon essential oil (optional)

Combine all the ingredients and mix well, place in a jar and decorate with ribbon.


2. Candy Topiary

I mean who doesn't love candy!? This can be the perfect gift for a classmate or even teacher. You can customize it anyway you like.

Things you will need:

  • Small Terra Cotta pot
  • Styrofoam cone
  • Styrofoam ball – 5” (fits perfectly into pot)
  • Paint
  • Stick
  • Craft tape
  • Fun size/snack sized candy
  • Glue gun

Attach the candy to the styrofoam using your glue gun, decorate and paint. 


3. Cake in a jar

We all have that one friend who loves to eat! So why not feed their habit? Mason jars are everywhere so why not fill them with cake?

It's simple, select your preferred cake, bake it & fill the jars up with cake!

Some fun Christmas cake options are:

  • Fruit cake topped with cherries
  • Pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Chocolate cake topped with peanut butter glaze


4. Gingerbread Bubble Bath Bars

This cool gift costs below TT$100 to make and makes a super affordable, really great gift for coworkers and friends.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/3 cup cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup baking sofa
  • 1 cup SLSA (sodium lauryl sulfoacetate)
  • ½ cup glycerin
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 3tbs ground ginger/ginger powder
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 10 drops food colouring
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 medical mask
  • A pair of gloves
  • A large bowl

Instructions here: 

5. Infused Vodkas

A little alcohol always gets the party started. These spirits are probably the best party favour anyone could ask for.

Here are three fun flavours you can create:

  • Chai Vodka- combine vodka (any brand of your choice), cinnamon sticks, candies ginger, black peppercorns, whole cloves. Cover and let stand for up to three days, strain and pour into bottles. Two months shelf life. 
  • Spicy Citrus Vodka- combine vodka with grapefruit zest and jalapeños. Cover  and let stand for one day. Keep for up for two months.
  • Cucumber Tarragon Vodka- combine vodka, cucumber, and fresh tarragon. Cover and let stand at least one-to-two days. Strain and pour into bottles. Keep for up to two months.


Want more ideas? Check out this Christmas DIY list from Country Living:  

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