The festive season can be a cash drain with Christmas gifts for friends, family and work colleagues costing a fortune. The good news is you can make easily make presents at home without the price tag and recipients will love the personal touch, so why not give these a go!
1. Bath bombs
All you need to make bath bombs is:
- 170g citric acid
- 200g baking soda
- 2 tbsp melted shea butter
- 2 tsp essential oils
- Shaped muffin tins
Simply melt the shea butter and then mix in with the other ingredients before adding the essential oils.
Add a tiny spritz of water so they hold together, before moulding them into the muffin tins. Leave to set for around six hours and you’ll have bath bombs that anyone would believe were shop bought.
2. Festive fudge
Gingerbread fudge is a perfect Christmas-themed treat and makes great stocking fillers for the whole family. You will need:
- 255g of evaporated milk
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 500g of white chocolate chips
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt
Heat all ingredients in a pan and stir until smooth. Then place in gingerbread cookie cutters and set in fridge for 4 hours.
Set your fudge in Christmas cookie cutters and gift them in a clear bag with red and green ribbon. Perfect for family, friends and work colleagues.
3. Kitchen oils
Infused kitchen oils are easy to make and are a perfect gift for the cooking-enthusiast in your life.
All you need is:
- A corked glass bottle
- Olive oil
- Half a cup of what you want to infuse it with eg rosemary, chilli or lemon
Heat the oil in a pan and then add the infusion so the warm oil absorbs the flavour. Carefully pour into your glass bottle (if you're using rosemary or chilli, leave them in the bottle so the oil can remain seasoned).
To add an extra-festive touch, add a festive bow to the top of the lid.
If you have old teacups in the house that need repurposing, why not transform the teacup into a pretty candle. All you need is:
- 85g candle wax flakes
- Wooden skewers (for however many you want to make)
- A glass jar
- To add a bit extra to your candle, you can add fragrance oils and colouring
Simply melt the candle wax flakes and water together in the glass jar over a stove. Then place the candlewicks in the teacups and use the skewers to hold them up. Leave to set and you have a perfectly easy yet beautiful homemade Christmas gift.
5. Mini sugar scrubs
A great idea for Christmas is to make gingerbread sugar scrubs. You need:
- 85g of Sweet Almond Oil
- 100g of Shea butter soap base
- 220g cup of brown sugar
- 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp of ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
Melt the shea butter on the stove, before stirring in the vanilla extract. Cool for one minute before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Press the mixture into gingerbread or Christmas tree moulds for a festive touch before leaving them in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden.
Then, package the sugar scrubs in small, clear bags and tie with a festive red ribbon.
6. Body butter
A jar of body butter makes for a perfect Christmas treat. You will need:
- 70g of coconut oil
- 110g of cocoa butter
- 110g of shea butter
- 170g of sweet almond
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil
- 1 tsp peppermint essential oil
To make, heat coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter together until they melt, then take off the heat and mix with sweet almond, vitamin E and peppermint essential oil.
Chill in the fridge for an hour, take it out and mix until the consistency is whipped. Place in an old mason jar and decorate for a perfect festive present.
7. Roasted Cinnamon Almonds
Roasted cinnamon almonds look and smell delicious. You will need:
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp cold water
- 560g of whole almonds
- 100g of sugar
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Beat an egg white and water together before adding almonds and stirring them until they are well coated.
Mix sugar, salt and cinnamon and sprinkle over the nuts. Spread evenly on a baking tray and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes until golden.
Allow to cool then package in a small mason jar or pretty gift bags.
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