November 29, 2012

DIY Secret Santa Gifts, Stocking Stuffers and Holiday Treats to Make & Share

Happy Thursday friends! I am so excited for today's post because I'm joining the folks at Knoxville's WTNZ Fox43 this morning to share some easy DIY Secret Santa gifts. These simple holiday gift ideas would also make wonderful stocking stuffers or hostess gifts for those last minute holiday parties you get invited to.

{A video clip of this segment can be found at the end of this post or you can find a complete list of Fox43 segments here}


I don't like to spend a lot of money so each of these is fairly affordable, some even use things you might have around the house. First, for the glamour girl on your list, a couple of beauty product gift ideas that are sure to make the recipient feel like a Hollywood star.


This DIY body scrub is so easy to make and it's a fraction of the cost of the ones sold at fancy spas.

DIY Sugar Lemon Body Scrub Recipe:
  • 3 cups sugar (I used Turbinado raw sugar)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 T vanilla
Mix these ingredients together first. It's important to completely coat the sugar granules with oil or else the lemon juice will dissolve them. When the sugar/oil is mixed well, add the juice of one lemon and the zest of two lemons. It's as simple as that! 

Pop it into some cute jars and add personalized labels for an easy DIY holiday gift. 

Another project I've been wanting to make for a long time is homemade perfume! My blogger friend Amy shared this idea a couple years ago, but I've been saving it for the right occasion.


DIY Perfume Recipe: 
  • Distilled water
  • Vodka (I used vanilla flavored)
  • Essential oil (your favorite scent...I used grapefruit)
Mix together equal parts water and vodka. Then add drops of oil until the smell is as strong as you like. The original recipe called for 24 drops of oil to 2 teaspoons of water/vodka. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and shake well. It will need to sit for about 48 hours before the scent develops. So easy and so refreshing! I'm thinking of making a lavender version next. 


Now, a couple ideas for the hostess with the mostess. Did you know you can write on glass with plain ol' sharpie markers? Of course you can also use special dry erase markers but sharpies work just as well. This cute DIY message board can be made from just about any glass surface, such as a white ceramic plate or tray.


I also turned a simple picture frame into a message board with a piece of scrapbooking paper. This is a great way to keep your to-do list front and center and then erase (or check off) items as they are completed.

Finally, a gift for the food lovers. Pecans are such a southern staple and I always have a couple bags of them in my freezer. This easy spiced pecan recipe is a huge hit at my family holiday celebrations. They can be packed into jars and given as gifts or just served straight from the oven...trust me, there won't be any left!

Spiced Pecan Recipe:

Melt 2 T butter (or Earth Balance spread) in a small saucepan. Stir in a tsp of Sriracha (Rooster Sauce). Mix together well. Toss over 3 cups of pecans until coated.

Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking pan or cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees. Yum!

I hope these easy DIY holiday gift ideas inspire you! I think it's always good to remember that we don't have to spend a lot of money to give a gift that makes the recipient feel really special!
 
Posted by Kate Spears

6 comments:

  1. I would love to try the pecans, but I don't know what Rooster sauce is! LOL! Can you tell I am not a true southerner, but a transplanted Ohio gal, that has lived most of her life here, but apparently not long enough to know that!!

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    1. Kat...you should be able to pick up the Sriracha (Rooster) sauce at your local grocery store. It's also available in Asian markets. It's so great for spicing up sauces and salad dressings!

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  2. I love these ideas! I didn't know it was so easy to make purfume. And I have found some awesome (and awesomely cheap) ceramic plates at thrift stores in the past!

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  3. I love the idea of your won perfume.

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    1. Hey Kate - is there lemon in the scrub? I didn't see an amount posted...I'd love to try this one!

      I always bake up candy coated pecans - they are UH-MAZING. Same idea, but use pecans coated with watered down egg whites (I guess you could use non-dairy egg beaters?) then toss in sugar & cinnamon & bake until crunchy!

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  4. These spa gift idea would be a perfect well they can be put in a surprise gift boxes instead of a transparent container.

    important gift ideas

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