During this time of the season there are always a few people that are very easy to buy for, and then there are those special loved ones that you know will appreciate homemade luxe creations.
This year, after getting the easy gifts I have decided to make several custom kits that I know will be cherished. From baked goods in a jar (of secret family recipes) to detox beauty treats, I have found an excellent way to add a personal touch to holiday stocking fillers and themed presents to give.
In the past, for my friend Zöe’s birthday, I made a collection of four themed kits and treatments of what I called, My Little Jar of Treasures. You can add the person's name in place of "My." I tailored it to her personality, and this year I'm bringing it back for a few people. However, I am also adding the following: a custom no-sew DIY (which includes a finished DIY + instructional and complete notions), a detox go-green spa treatment, a beauty "travelling saviour" kit, a special cider recipe, and even a Made With Love wild card kit. It’s my very own version of a little holiday cheer in a jar!
*Beauty Kit: I made my own labels then printed them with icons. I made small packets of the face mask with instructions, handmade natural body oil, then I bought eye creams, and rose soaps. You may buy the empty bottles, and small clear packets online. I acquired mine from eBay in sets.
Start Building Your Jars:
This past weekend I have also created versions "for him" in my, Jars of Love: For Him! It’s not difficult to do at all. What you need are variations of mason jars or plain jars with lids. I bought both, jars with handles and without, in addition to food grade quality. It’s imperative that you know the difference. For the jars that I made for drinking, baking, and all food ingredients, I used food grade jars. It’s a perfect little concept, then after the jar is emptied, the personal can use it afterwards.
Next, buy a few beauty items and special treats that you know your receiver will love, and start building your jar. A few samples for my beauty kits includes eye cream, nail varnish, travelling cleanser, a Moroccan red clay mix packet that I made, essential oils, etc.
I've even made go-green versions of that one as well for others, which will include eco-friendly wrapping, and all organic and environmentally friendly goods. You can really do loads of diverse variations.
Here are a few snapshots some of the ones that I am in the process of finishing. I hope you are inspired, stay tuned for more holiday gift inspiration coming soon.
*Homemade Bath Salts: Lavender/Rosemary and Eucalyptus and Rosemary
*DIY Special: Accessories tutorial and all notions included. I made a tag out of card stock, and then crumbled it to give it the effect of handmade and the look of masking tape.
*Wrap them up and they're ready to go!
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